Carleton students and faculty are raising $10,000 so that musicians can experience playing one of the oldest pianos of its kind. It is one of only eight such surviving instruments and requires substantial repairs to restore it to playing condition.
The fortepiano, which has been tucked away since the 1970s, was built in the 1770s and bequeathed to Carleton University by Francis Barwick, one of Canada’s first harpsichordists. Benefit concerts have been held to help raise the $10,000 to restore it.
The instrument will be sent to a restoration expert in Napanee in the spring of 2011. Once restored, the fortepiano will be returned to campus and heard once again in concerts celebrating early music.