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A look into the history of the world's favourite instruments

Published: Sunday 2nd of November 2008

Early guitar music is to be showcased at a top London attraction next month by one of the leading experts in the field.

London's Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury will see world-leading early guitar specialist Taro Takeuchi perform Guitar music from 17th & 18th century Britain concert on November 16th.

The concert will feature the work of Purcell and Handel, among others – and will see Takeuchi play on original guitars dating from the period which have survived for hundreds of years.

From its status as the preserve of court entertainment for kings and the gentry in the 1600s century to its burgeoning popularity among the general public a century later, the guitar has become one of the best-loved and most widely-played instruments in the world.

The Foundling Museum was established to commemorate the work of the Foundling Hospital, which was the first home for abandoned and orphaned children in the capital.

LondonPass holders can gain free entry to the museum, saving £5 for adults and £4 for children, with entry to the concert included as well.

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