The  World of Gilbert and Sullivan Museum

The  World of Gilbert and Sullivan Museum

Among the many fascinating exhibits to be found in the museum are two very special pianos, one is a very small upright, purchased by the young Arthur Sullivan from Broadwood`s in 1867. Sullivan was around 25 years old, and had not achieved his fame or wealth. The piano known as a piannette cost Sullivan 25 guineas, it was the smallest and cheapest that Broadwoods made, and all that young Arthur could afford at that time, but it was the beginning of a brilliant career, and soon compositions flowed with the aid of this little piano.

Another piano on display is also a Broadwood piano that Arthur Sullivan provided for his lady friend Mrs Mary Frances Ronalds , this grand piano was housed in her home in Cadogan Square in London. Mrs Ronalds was known for musical parties it was at these occasions that the Prince of Wales attended with other members of the Royal Family and the cream of society . The highlight of theses  occasions would be when Mrs Ronalds would sing Sullivan's lost chord with Sir Arthur at this very piano.

The Photograph is of this piano with Jane Martin who became the principal soubrette in the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas in Australia in the 1950s.

Jane Martin at the Broadwood
Sir Arthur gave to Mrs Ronalds

Arthur Sullivan’s Broadwood piano

Tom Conti with the Broadwood upright

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