History of The Galpin Society
Canon Galpin playing a tromba marina from his collection
Canon Francis W Galpin
The Galpin Society, founded in 1946, commemorates the name of Canon Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945). A much-loved parish priest, he had a lifelong interest in studying, collecting, and sometimes making musical instruments. His enthusiasm is reflected in the society’s broad remit today to promote the study of all kinds of musical instrument. The Anthony Baines Memorial Prize is awarded annually in recognition of an outstanding contribution to organology, the study of musical instruments.
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