As the British Museum’s music festival Europe and the world: a symphony of cultures opens, Simon Broughton looks at how and why music is played across the world and has been for centuries.
16 April 2018
5 April 2018
From the ancient Egyptians to the Sámi people of northern Europe, music has been an integral part of societies around the world. To celebrate the Museum’s first major musical festival this April, here are 15 extraordinary instruments from history that hit just the right note!
16 March 2018
Oungan (Vodou priest) and ethnomusicologist Gerdès Fleurant and Caribbean historian Kate Ramsey tell us more about a Vodou drum, on display now for the first time, in Room 3.
6 March 2018
For two weeks this April, the British Museum will become a stage for music, with performances taking inspiration from around the world.