Made in London: Makers, designers and innovators in musical instrument making in London C18th-21st


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Date(s) - 28 May
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

London Metropolitan University


This one-day conference brings together an exciting range of new research examining the making and development of musical instruments in London. Diverse instruments can trace their roots through early London workshops and the pioneering efforts of an enterprising body of innovative and skilful craftsmen.

Makers, restorers, conservators, players, and historians are invited to discuss musical instrument-making in London from the 18th to the 21stcenturies, and through the shared discussion of current research to generate a better understanding of issues common to both current and former practitioners. The programme has been selected to promote new dialogue between the practical and theoretical, to refresh organological thinking, and to forge creative new collaborations in the practice and analysis of musical instrument-making.

The Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture & Design of London Metropolitan University, which incorporates the former London College of Furniture, has been a centre of musical instrument-making for over 100 years. The University welcomes this opportunity to host a conference in which doctoral, post-doctoral and wider research communities can converge to share recent findings and to advance the study of a particular music-making culture from various disciplinary and methodological viewpoints.



09.55 Welcome

Session chair: Marie Kent

10.00 Julie Halls (The National Archives) The Antoniophone, the Albert valve and an improved regimental cased Serpentcleide: . designs for musical instruments at The National Archives

10.30 Douglas MacMillan (University of Oxford) William Bainbridge: an innovative woodwind instrument maker

11.00 K. Dawn Grapes (Colorado State University) Nineteenth-century London instrument makers: a view from America

11.30-11.50 COFFEE

Session chair: Lewis Jones

11.50 Temina Cadi Sulumuna Harp making in London: the Érard workshop and the Morley workshop

12.20 Jenny Nex (University of Edinburgh) Robbing Peter to pay Paul: financial (mis-)management in musical instrument making firms . in early industrial London

12.50-1.50 LUNCH BREAK

Session chair: Jenny Nex

1.50 Margaret Debenham Frederick Beck, pianoforte-maker and Christopher Furhlohg, cabinet-maker and inlayer: . newly identified documentary sources

2.20 Norman MacSween & Tim Harding ’95 Wardour Street, corner of Edward Street, Soho’: a microcosm of 1790s London piano . making

2.50 Chris Egerton & Taro Takeuchi A rare Regency-period lute: discovery, history, performance

3.20-3.30 Announcements


Session chair: Mathew Dart

3.50 Mike Baldwin (London Metropolitan University) Forgotten employees of the late-Georgian harp makers OR The apprentice, the thief, the . dog, and its killer

4.20 Closing observations & discussion

5.00 END

There is no charge to attend this conference, but registration is required at:

Registration will remain open until 20 May 2016.

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Institute of Musical Research and London Metropolitan University.

Please direct any enquiries to

Dr Marie Kent Honorary Early Career Fellow Institute of Musical Research


Registration is now open via:

The conference is sponsored jointly by the Institute of Musical Research and London Metropolitan University and registration and attendance are free. A finalised programme, with paper and refreshment timings, will be published shortly. Refreshments will be provided, and a limited number of travel bursaries are available for those within three years of completing their PhD. Please email if you wish to apply for a bursary.