The department has pianos in each practice room, seminar room, and performing space. In addition, we have many grand pianos, organs and early keyboards. Our collection includes:
- Grand Pianos: 3 Steinways, 1 Fazioli, 2 Yamahas, 1 Bluthner, 1 Bechstein
- Organs: Full Organ by Grant, Degens and Bradbeer, overhauled by J W Walker and Sons, in Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall; Renshaw chamber organ. Full details: SJLCH organ specification (PDF , 50kb)
- Harpsichords: a Flemish double manual (8',8',4') by Dennis Woolley, after Dulcken (c.1745); a Flemish single manual (8',8') by Woolley, after Delin (c.1755); and a single manual (8',8') 17th century Italian style instrument with a short bottom octave.
- Fortepianos: a copy by Dennis Woolley of a 1795 Viennese original by Walter; a 1795 English fortepiano; an 1830 square piano by Broadwood.
- Other Keyboards: Morley clavichord and a Goble spinet.
We have a wide-range of orchestral instruments available for use by students in departmental ensembles. For a full list of available instruments, contact Jim Sharpe in the box office (8.30-11.30am). Enquiries about the percussion instruments should be made to Dr John Stringer.
- Wind instruments: piccolo, alto flute, cor anglais, E flat clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, C/D trumpet, bass trombone, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone
- String instruments: contact Jim Sharpe
- Percussion instruments: timpani (2 sets), baroque timpani, vibraphones (2), marimba, xylorimba, xylophone, glockenspiels (2), tubular bells, celeste, Adams temple blocks (6), Adams Granite blocks (5), suspended cymbals (15+), tam tams (2), full ranges of tom toms, timbales, roto toms, over 50 handheld percussion instruments
- Early and medieval instruments: contact Jim Sharpe
The department houses instrument sets from all over the world including Asia and Africa. These include:
- Javanese: gamelan ensemble
- Thai: pi-phat ensemble
- Ghanaian: Ewe drums
- Indian: sitar, tabla, tambura, vina, sarod, sarangi, flute, harmonium
- Japanese: shakuhachi, koto, samisen
- Oriental: zithers from China, Korea, and Japan