There was considerable press coverage of the closure of the
Milton Keynes factory of Kemble & Co, the last British piano
manufacturer, in October 2009. The Kemble brand will remain alive,
but with production switching to Yamaha’s plants in the Far
Kemble & Co was established by Michael Kemble in 1911 in
Stoke Newington, North London, then a centre of piano manufacture.
The company remained there until 1969 and was strongly rooted in
the local community. Kemble & Co retains the character of a
family firm and the joint managing director, Brian Kemble, is the
grandson of the founder. It is therefore appropriate that they have
chosen to deposit their historical records with Hackney Archives,
where they will be available in due course.