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Kent 'sound sculptor' unveils 'sharpsichord'


Henry Dagg spent almost four years creating the sharpsichord

A self-styled "sound sculptor" is looking for a home for an unusual musical instrument that he has spent almost four years making.

Henry Dagg created the pin barrel harp, nicknamed a sharpsichord, at his workshop in Faversham, Kent.

Pegs put into one of 11,520 holes on a metal roll push levers which pluck strings to create the music.

It was commissioned for a garden in London but Mr Dagg now feels it is too precious to be left outside.

'Symphony in pain'

The instrument's music is amplified by two enormous stainless steel horns.

However, it takes up to a day to arrange the pegs to produce just 60 seconds of music, and Mr Dagg has only programmed a couple songs for the instrument, including an English Country Garden and The Long and Winding Road.

He was originally given a £25,000 grant plus money from the Big Lottery Fund to build a musical sculpture for the English Folk Dance and Song Society's garden in London in 2006.

Mr Dagg, a former BBC sound engineer, said: "I've got a great friend who really understands these things. He's a very good engineer himself and a real craftsman and he came along and looked at it and said "That is a symphony in pain".

"And I thought what a brilliant why to describe the sheer blood, sweat and tears that went into it."

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