New AcquisitionRecently acquired collection of violin-making tools from the Chanot family
Bate Recording PrizeAnnouncing the result of the Bate recording prize for 2015
Family Friendly ActivitiesFamily fun and education
Gallery RecitalsMusical recitals highlighting aspects of the Bate Collection
Welcome to the bate collection
Welcome to the Bate Collection, one of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world. The Bate has over 2000 instruments from the Western orchestral music traditions from the renaissance, through the baroque, classical, romantic and up to modern times. More than a thousand instruments are on display, by all the most important makers and from pre-eminent collectors.
Monday - Friday afternoons from 2.00 - 5.00 throughout the year.
Saturday morning opening for Trinity term:
7, 14, 21, 28 May
4, 11, 18 June
from 10 am - 12 noon
Gallery Recital – "British and American Bugle Signals - Ceremonial and Skirmish Calls Compared"
Frank Dorritie and Dave Edwards demonstrate military field signals
Tuesday 31st May 1.00pm
Souvenir gallery guide
Listen to our instruments
We have recorded some of the instruments in the collection. You can hear them here:
Visit our online store:
We sell a variety of books, CD's and technical diagrams featuring instruments in the collection
The Bate Collection is supported by the following organizations: