The F8 Music Scholars enjoyed a guided tour focussing on instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods with Dr Sarah Deters at St Cecilia’s Hall, a museum in central Edinburgh dedicated to a collection of historic instruments. We saw the oldest playable sackbut (old trombone) in the world, and enormous ivory recorder, brass and string instruments in all shapes and sizes and even had the opportunity to try out some of the instruments. It was fascinating to see the inner workings of the harpsichord and find out more about how the materials and technology used evolved through time. There were also weird and wonderful instruments such as the Bible Regal – a type of organ with reeds instead of pipes. Harry and Todd had a go at a natural trumpet in Renaissance style and the boys also tried a replica harpsichord. Entrance to the museum is free and it is well worth a visit!