The NCEM has the following instruments available for hire:

Single manual harpsichord after Michael Mietke c.1710 (German)
Maker: Colin Booth, 1998
Compass: GG – e3
Strung at A 415 Hz, transposes up a semitone
8 foot + 8 foot + buff
218 x 90 x 24 cm
Painted in red (stand separate)

Double manual harpsichord after Goermans-Taskin 1783 (Franco-Flemish)
Maker: Michael Johnson, 1997
Working compass at A 415 and A 440 Hz: FF – ff3
(no bottom FF at A 392 Hz)
Strung at A 415 Hz, transposing up and down a semitone
Two 8 ft choirs, plus a 4 ft + buff
Lacquered in dark red and decorated with gold leaf in the French 18th century style (stand separate)

Fortepiano after J. Fritz 1820 (Viennese)
Maker: Dennis Woolley, 1998
Compass: 61/2 octaves (CC – f4)
Pitch A 430 Hz (NB cannot be tuned to modern concert pitch)
Size 246 x 125 x 90 cm (stand separate)

Chamber organ
Maker: Peter Collins 1995
Three-stop continuo organ (stops Wood Gedact 8, Flute 4, Principal 2)
Compass: CC – g (56 notes)
With transposer (one semitone higher or lower from A440)
Oak case
3 ft 7 in (height) x 3 ft 6 in (width) x 1 ft 9 in (depth)

6’6″ Grand Piano
Maker: Bosendorfer (1999)
Tuned to modern pitch

We also have 6 large black iron candelabras available for hire, please ask for more information.

Please note that it is not possible to hire either the piano or fortepiano for external use. The hirer is also responsible for arranging transport and insurance and all associated costs. 

For in situ hires, tunings will be charged at cost. Please ask for details. 

To ask about instrument hire please contact Christopher Roberts, our Operations Manager on 01904 632220 or email

For full details about hiring instruments from the NCEM, download our instrument hire pack