Historical instruments on display for the first time

Historical bow

Some of RBC’s Historical Instrument Collection has been put on display for the first time in the Jennens Road building, thanks to a generous donation.

The donation, by Mr Leonard Honey, has enabled the purchase of a bespoke instrument cabinet in the second floor foyer, which will sit alongside the cabinet and touch screen information point currently in place.

The collection shows the development of bows from the 17th to 19th centuries, and the changing styles and innovations.

Instrument Curator Dr Martin Perkins said: “This is a great opportunity for us to display some of the Conservatoire’s collection of rare historical instruments.

“First to be on show is a selection of string bows that were donated to the then Birmingham School of Music over 100 years ago, including some wonderful examples by members of the celebrated Dodd family of bow makers.”

Leonard said: "As someone with a life long love of music, it gives me great pleasure to enable RBC to display part of their historical instruments collection, in a beautiful, specially-built cabinet.

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