Musicians call for ivory-ban exemption for instruments

Dr Geoffrey Benjamin has a collection of nearly 50 musical instruments, including a number of antique ones that contain elephant ivory. Among them are a flute dating back to 1790 and a grand piano from 1980 with ivory keys.
Dr Geoffrey Benjamin has a collection of nearly 50 musical instruments, including a number of antique ones that contain elephant ivory. Among them are a flute dating back to 1790 and a grand piano from 1980 with ivory keys.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Some fear proposed ban could cover antique instruments with historical value, little ivory

Several times a year, retired sociology professor Geoffrey Benjamin dusts off one of his recorders or flutes to perform with music groups at concert halls, museums and churches.

The early music enthusiast has a collection of nearly 50 musical instruments, including a number of antique ones that contain elephant ivory. Among them are a flute dating back to 1790 and a grand piano from 1980 with ivory keys.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 23, 2018, with the headline 'Musicians call for ivory-ban exemption for instruments'. Print Edition | Subscribe