Ever wonder what the oldest surviving grand piano in the UK sounds like? Thanks to BBC Radio, you can hear the piano in action, along with a description of the piano and how it differs from modern instruments — it does have pedals, but it is only five octaves, and there are not as many strings, among other differences. The piano, made by Americus Backers, known as “the father of the English grand pianoforte,” in London in 1772, was owned by the first Duke of Wellington. It resides in Apsley House, where the Duke made his home after his defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo. A special concert featuring the piano will be held May 21, 2013.
More information and photos of the piano are available here.
Additional information on Backers and his pianos can be found at SquarePianos.com.