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Faculty of Music

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The Cambridge University Faculty of Music Collection:

The Faculty owns an excellent collection of instruments housed at West Road Concert Hall. Some are bookable by all users of the building and others are available for students to hire at a small cost per term.

Keyboard Instruments

As well as three Steinway model D concert grand pianos, the concert hall has two Yamaha C7s and two C3s in addition to a selection of other grand, upright and electronic pianos across the building. 

Recital Room

  • Erard (French) grand piano 1840 c.A440

Cudworth Room

  • David Rubio double manual harpsichord (transposing 415/440)
  • Bruce Kennedy single manual harpsichord (transposing 415/440)
  • Klop chamber organ single manual continuo instrument with 3 stops (8’4’2’) plus quint (treble only) (transposing 415/440/466), with Klop regal available as add-on
  • Thomas Wess clavichord (after Hass) A415
  • Dereck Adlam fortepiano A430
  • Hoffrichter B206 double manual digital organ (Hauptwerk system) with pedal board (5 historical temperaments)

Pendlebury Library (loanable)

  • Nord Electro 6D 73-key Keyboard/Synthesizer/Organ (+ stand)
  • Yamaha P-515 Digital Piano (+ stand)

String Instruments and Bows

  • 9 Baroque violins 5 by Alan, Beavitt, 3 by Roland Ross and 1 by Jay Haide
  • 4 Baroque violas by Jonathan Woolston, Chris Johnson, Richard Duke & Nelson
  • 1 viola d’amore by Thomas Hulinsky
  • 3 Baroque celli by David Rubio, George Stoppani and Nelson
  • 1 Baroque double bass by Kai Thomas Roth
  • 6 Viols by Arnold Dolmetsch (2 treble, 2 tenor 2 bass)
  • 3 Viols by Ubel (1 treble 1 alto 1 bass)
  • Baroque bows for all baroque instruments by Richard Wilson
  • 8 Viol bows by Dolmetsch, Mettal and Golz
  • Quartet (2 violins, viola cello)  of bows after Tourte by Philip Brown
  • Modern String quartet by Vincent (2 violins, viola cello) – early 20th Century
  • Modern cello and bow – English c. 1800
  • Modern Double bass and bow
  • 1 lute by Philip Macleod-Coupe, 1973 16th c Bolgona

Wind, Brass and other Instruments

  • 5 Natural trumpets (3 by Vanryne, 2 by Meinl & Lauber)
  • 3 Natural horns (two by Meinl and Lauber and one by Raoux) A415
  • 5 Baroque oboes (three by Pau Orriois, two by Jones) A415
  • 2 Baroque bassoons (one by Robert Cronin, one by Porthaux) A415
  • 4 Traverso flutes (two by Martin Wenner, one by Alain and Stéphanie Weemaels, one by Bigio) A415
  • 3 Renaissance Flutes by Stanley
  • 2 Moeck Treble recorders after Denner A415
  • Renaissance recorder consort by Kobliczc A440
  • 1 Serpent
  • 2 Ophicleides
  • Yamaha Stage Custom drum kit with Zyn cymbals

Instruments from Non-Western Traditions

As reflects its pioneering role in the study of ethnomusicology, the University has been the recipient of instruments from many different cultural traditions, including a sitar and a Javanese Gamelan.

  • Sitar
  • Tabla
  • Venezuelan harp

Gamelan Dutå Laras 

Outstanding among the Faculty’s collection of instruments from outside the Western tradition is the Gamelan Dutå Laras. This is a complete Javanese bronze gamelan, which can be played in both slendro and pelog scales, consisting of keyed metallophones, gongs, drums, suling, and rebab. It was presented to the University of Cambridge by the government of the Republic of Indonesia in 1983 and is regularly used by the Cambridge Gamelan Society.

Instrument Hire

The Nord and Yamaha keyboards are bookable for internal and external use by music students and staff via the Pendlebury library.

The Yamaha drum kit available to music students and venue hirers (charge applies) for use within the building. This must be booked in advance.

For all other instruments, please contact the Director of Performance, Maggie Faultless for more information. Once hire has been discussed and agreed in principle with Prof Faultless, the form below should be completed for the termly hire of instruments.

Instrument hire form