The Finchcocks Page
Many of us are aware by now of the news that Finchcocks is to close. Katrina has very kindly sent us this personal message.
Finchcocks Musical Museum:
End of an Era - looking forward
Finchcocks Musical Museum will close at the end of December 2015.
After 45 years of owning and running Finchcocks we have decided it is time for us stop.
It will be very sad to leave this lovely early eighteenth century house with its splendid acoustics and its beautiful setting, which is in many ways the perfect place to house a collection of period keyboard instruments. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful support and friendship. We have so enjoyed meeting you all and the annual gatherings have been one of our high spots.
The important point however is to reassure everyone that we have not abandoned our project of recreating and preserving the sound-world of the great baroque, classical and romantic composers. We will be retaining our Core Collection of playing instruments , as an Open Resource for musical events and research, we will be keeping the Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education to support the maintenance of the instruments and the events themselves. We also will be keeping and re-forming our team of players, teachers and technicians. We are at present exploring alternative locations and various interesting projects.
None of the help we have received has been wasted and all of it has been appreciated.
We have been so encouraged by the enthusiasm and response we have found for our mission to keep these precious instruments restored and used, and however much we will mourn leaving the beautiful and much loved Finchcocks as a centre for housing the Collection, we do see the next period as a step forward and not just a farewell.
We will keep you in touch with our plans for the future in due course.
With affectionate greetings to you all
Richard and Katrina Burnett