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Centre for Music Performance


A variety of instruments are available for hire. 

The Cambridge University Musical Society collection:

Percussion, wind and brass instruments are available to students and members of the general public through TIMPANI


instruments available through TIMPANI include:

  • drums
  • bells
  • concert toms
  • cymbals
  • latin percussion
  • samba percussion
  • tam tams and gongs
  • timpani
  • tuned percussion
  • wood and temple blocks
  • assorted miscellanious percussion instruments

Wind and brass

instruments available through TIMPANI include:

  • clarinets (alto, Eb, bass)
  • flutes (alto)
  • saxophones (baritone)
  • bassoons (contra)
  • oboes (cor anglais, oboe d'amore)
  • mutes (incl. tuba)
  • trumpets (herald (valved fanfare trumpets))
  • euphonium

Instrument Hire

Hiring CUMS instruments should be done via the TIMPANI system. For urgent issues with the CUMS instruments, please contact Phil Howie, CUMS Instrument Manager on 07790 682675 /
These instruments are the property of the Cambridge University Musical Society

The Cambridge University Faculty of Music Collection:

An excellent collection of other instruments is available for students to hire at a small cost per term.

Instruments available for students to hire include:

Keyboard Instruments

  • David Rubio double manual  harpsichord (transposing 415/440)
  • Bruce Kennedy single manual harpsichord (transposing 415/440)
  • Robert Goble 7 pedal harpsichord A440
  • Klop chamber organ single manual continuo instrument with 3 stops (8’4’2’) plus quint (treble only) (transposing 415/440/466), with Klop regal available as add-on
  • Thomas Wess clavichord (after Hass) A415
  • Dereck Adlam fortepiano A430
  • Erard (French) grand piano 1840  c.A440
  • Hoffrichter B206 digital organ (+ speakers)
  • NORD Electro 6D 73-key Keyboard, Synthesizer, and Organ
  • YAMAHA -515 Digital Piano (+ frame)

String Instruments and Bows

  • 9 Baroque violins 5 by Alan, Beavitt, 3 by Roland Ross and 1 by Jay Haide
  • 4 Baroque violas by Jonathan Woolston, Chris Johnson, Richard Duke & Nelson
  • 1 viola d’amore by Thomas Hulinsky
  • 3 Baroque celli by David Rubio, George Stoppani and Nelson
  • 1 Baroque double bass by Kai Thomas Roth
  • 6 Viols by Arnold Dolmetsch (2 treble, 2 tenor 2 bass)
  • 3 Viols by Ubel (1 treble 1 alto 1 bass)
  • Baroque bows for all baroque instruments by Richard Wilson
  • 8 Viol bows by Dolmetsch, Mettal and Golz
  • Quartet (2 violins, viola cello)  of bows after Tourte by Philip Brown
  • Modern String quartet by Vincent (2 violins, viola cello) – early 20th Century
  • Modern cello and bow – English c. 1800
  • Modern Double bass and bow
  • 1 lute by Philip Macleod-Coupe, 1973 16th c Bolgona

Wind, Brass and other Instruments

  • 5 Natural trumpets (3 by Vanryne, 2 by Meinl & Lauber)
  • 3 Natural horns (two by Meinl and Lauber and one by Raoux) A415
  • 5 Baroque oboes (three by Pau Orriois, two by Jones) A415
  • 2 Baroque bassoons (one by Robert Cronin, one by  Porthaux) A415
  • 4 Traverso flutes (two by Martin Wenner, one by Alain and Stéphanie Weemaels,   one by Bigio) A415
  • 3 Renaissance Flutes by Stanley
  • 2 Moeck Treble recorders after Denner A415
  • Renaissance recorder consort by Kobliczc A440
  • 1 Serpent
  • 2 Ophiclides
  • Yamaha Stage Custom Drum Kit & Zyn Cymbals

Instruments from Non-Western Traditions

As reflects its pioneering role in the study of ethnomusicology, the University has been the recipient of instruments from many different cultural traditions, including a sitar and a Javanese Gamelan.

  • Sitar
  • Tabla
  • Venezuelan harp

Gamelan Dutå Laras 

Outstanding among the Faculty’s collection of instruments from outside the Western tradition is the Gamelan Dutå Laras. This is a complete Javanese bronze gamelan, which can be played in both slendroand pelog scales, consisting of keyed metallophones, gongs, drums, suling, and rebab. It was presented to the University of Cambridge by the government of the Republic of Indonesia in 1983, and is regularly used by the Cambridge Gamelan Society.

Instrument Hire

Please contact the Director of Performance, Maggie Faultless for more information. Once hire has been discussed and agreed with Prof Faultless, the form can be found here.

These instruments are the property of the University of Cambridge Faculty of Music