Finchcocks was somewhere I used to visit semi-willingly with my parents as a child, but for some reason I had never come back since moving home ten years ago. Embarrassingly, I was only reminded to do so by its featuring on the hoardings of local photos on the abandoned cinema site.
I remembered the old instruments, but I’d completely forgotten the beauty of the house. It is a Georgian brick building which manages to look far bigger than it actually is from front and back by having virtually no depth whatsoever.
Inside the rooms are quite simple but classically elegant with beautiful light from the large windows illuminating wood everywhere:
Outside is a small and very traditional garden:
Despite all this elegance, the real attraction is the musical instruments. The owners, Richard and Katrina Burnett have been collecting ancient keyboards- Harpsichords, Clavichords and early pianos, since 1970 and for many years have also built replicas of the same:
They are beautiful instruments which are crying out to be touched and surprisingly they can be. Twice a day, there are free concerts by Richard Burnett and others, but even more wonderfully around the house, every keyboard seems to be being played, from my son hammering out some year 8 school music homework, to really talented amateurs dreamily lost in the chance to play such a perfect instrument: