To use any of the College pianos or keyboards please fill in an application form (also available at the Porters' Lodge) and hand it to the porters for the attention of Sheila Betts.
To book any of the instruments, or the rooms mentioned, for practice purposes please email conferences at wolfson.cam.ac.uk. Keys for the pianos should be signed out from the Porters' Lodge.
There is a Yamaha grand piano in the Music Room in Fuchs House (photo © Daniel Oi), along with a Chappell Baby Grand piano in the Combination Room, which are available to pianists with Grade 7 or above. The OCR has a baby grand, and there is a good upright piano for practice purposes in the Seminar Room. The digital piano in the Club Room is for all to enjoy.
The Steinway grand piano in the Lee Hall, donated by Dr Roger Briscoe and Professor Linda Wicker, may only be used by advanced players (Diploma level or Music graduate). As well as completing the application form above please email the Director of Music (music at wolfson.cam.ac.uk) enclosing a copy of the relevant qualifications to gain access.
Harpsichord and Chamber Organ
There is also a harpsichord in the Lee Hall, donated by Professor Brian Moore, and a chamber organ in the Lee Hall Foyer. Permission to play these instruments must also be obtained using the form above and is at the discretion of the Director of Music.
Silas Wollston has kindly given us a long-term loan of his beautiful chamber organ, which is kept in the foyer of the Lee Hall. It is a copy of a 17th-century English chamber organ, perfect for Purcell and earlier repertoire (Coprario, Lawes) but also useful for continuo. It is a single manual instrument which can play at four pitches 390-415-440-460hz, and has four stops (8', 8', 4', 2'). It can be moved into the hall to accompany college services and concerts.
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