Will you sponsor the Music Room Gallery?
The Music Room Gallery was used for small concerts and recitals. The carpet would sometimes be taken up so that guests could dance.
You can become a sponsor of this virtual room from £45. To find out why it’s so special listen to our Royal Pavilion curators discuss the Music Room Gallery.
Sponsor this room
Become a Silver Sponsor with a donation of £45 or more. As a Silver Sponsor, you can add a message to be pinned to the virtual Music Room Gallery.
Become a Gold Sponsor with a donation of £150 or more. As a Gold Sponsor you can add a message to the virtual Music Room Gallery and will also receive a high quality photographic print of the room.
The print will be made by the local photographer who made these images, Jim Holden. Printed onto high quality photographic paper, this is a work of art that will acknowledge your support as a sponsor and provide an attractive picture for your for your home.
The print will be approximately A4 size and posted out to you following your donation.
Why sponsor this room?
Our Royal Pavilion curators David Beevers and Alexandra Loske explain why the Music Room Gallery is so special.
‘When there were dances in the Pavilion what would happen is all the carpets, the Banqueting Room Gallery the Saloon carpet and the carpet in here all taken up, extraordinary operation must have required hundreds of people to do this, and the floor chalked as in the Banqueting Room Gallery. With its name Music Room Gallery, this is where also the King’s band, the private band would sometimes perform. Usually they performed in the music room, but they sometimes performed in here, and what they did is what was called tafelmusik which means German for table music and they provided a background musical accompaniment to events taking place here, again rather similar to what took place in the Banqueting Room, you’d be eating supper, you know after a big dinner there was often sandwiches about 11 o’clock in the evening and that sort of thing would take place here. But it was it was meant for sort of contemplation, reading, dancing, mixture of uses. But also most significantly in this room, this is where George was trying to, in a sense recreate his lost youth. In this room he put all the furnishings that he’d originally commissioned for the Chinese drawing room at Carlton House. Now that room was commissioned in 1780s when he was a very young man, this room was built from about 1818 onwards when he was Regent became King, of course in 1820 and what he was doing in this room is kind of recreating the Chinese drawing room at Carlton House with all the original furnishings and therefore in a sense recreating his lost youth. George was a very sentimental man as well as being very theatrical and this was rather important to him. He’s as most people know he was a great connoisseur, especially of the decorative arts and he was very keen in this room to recreate an interior that had been destroyed. Carlton House was demolished but the furnishings, most of the furnishings were many of the furnishings were taken to the Royal Pavilion and all the furnishings from the Chinese drawing room its famous room at Carlton House were created in this room.’
‘Yes, the Music Room Gallery has a similar function to the Banqueting Room Gallery. It links the grand staterooms and it was meant to be another space where you can retreat to where smaller functions take place, much more contained environment, but it also works in the sequence of how you experience the building, again you go from, you know a great, outpouring of design and colour and glitter to something calmer to prepare you for the next high point. So you come out of the Saloon and it calms down a little although the detail is absolutely astonishing. In this room you have some of the most beautifully designed furniture in the Royal Collection and commissioned by George, bought by George and then you know, it’s copied, the duplicates made for this room here in Brighton.’