Amsterdam’s Oldest Classical Music Store Announces Closure After 178 Years

Amsterdam’s oldest classical music store, Hampe & Berkel, is set to close permanently - due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

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It has been announced this week that Amsterdam’s oldest classical music store, Hampe & Berkel, is set to close permanently - due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The iconic store has sold strings, sheet music and classical music accessories for more than 178 years.

"After 178 years of music, we are having our first and only sale ... let's meet each other, one by one please ... keep making music but above all, stay health," the owner has this week said.