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Museum opens new displays

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Museum opens new displays

The Academy’s Museum has fully reopened after the summer. 

New History of the Academy displays on the ground floor tell the story of Britain’s oldest conservatoire. Visit and discover how musical history was shaped here against a backdrop of Victorian social reform, two World Wars, the Swinging Sixties and beyond, including showcasing today’s fully international focus and ongoing development as a premier artistic institution.

The Academy’s temporary exhibition Kenny Wheeler: Master of Melancholy Chaos has also reopened, turning the spotlight on the quiet genius of the much-loved jazz trumpeter and composer Kenny Wheeler, one of the world’s most enigmatic and original jazz voices.

The Academy Chimes shop has been updated, with new Academy-themed stock as well as its usual sheet music, books and gifts.

The Strings Gallery was redeveloped earlier in the summer. It now features precious violins, violas and cellos by world-famous makers, as well as a Renaissance lute, Baroque guitar, double bass, tiny piccolo violin and rare archive material about musicians and makers.

The Piano Gallery continues to demonstrates the development of keyboard instruments from the 17th to the 20th century, with a particular emphasis on the 19th century’s evolution of the grand piano so familiar today.

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