Sadly, no organization had been found to take over the collection or the premises, and Katrina and Richard Burnett are moving out. There is a last chance to see the house and collection over Easter weekend. However, only tickets for the Saturday now remain. There will be an auction of the collection on May 11th. The website www.finchcocks.co.uk has a link to the auction, from which the following:
‘Highlights from the auction will include a chamber organ by John Byfield, 1766; a single-manual harpsichord by J.J. Antunes, 1785; a virginal by Onofrio Guarracino, 1668; and a grand piano by Conrad Graf, c. 1820. Other notable makers featured in the sale will include: John Broadwood & Sons, Muzio Clementi, Sebastien Erard and replicas from the Adlam Burnett workshop.
A small core collection will be retained as part of the Finchcocks charity. Proceeds from the auction will support the charity in training technicians and tuners, keeping these historical instruments in superb playing condition and preserving their original sound through performance.’
In an interesting turn of events, Finchcocks' doors have been opened to the public once again. Part of the historic manor has been transformed into a contemporary piano school - offering weekend and week-long piano courses for adults of all abilities
Further information is available on their website: www.finchcocks.com