Music in the Round has bought a new Steinway C grand piano for their Sheffield concerts and it is being delivered to the classical music promoter’s home at the Crucible Studio on Thursday 6 March.
The piano’s first ever performances will take place this week at the Crucible Studio, starting with an inaugural piano recital on Thursday evening (6 March) and then as part of Music in the Round’s Exploring Schubert weekend festival (Friday 7 – Sunday 9 March 2014).
The new Steinway C has been handmade by the renowned piano-makers Steinway at their factory in Hamburg. It was chosen in Hamburg by Tim Horton, pianist with Music in the Round’s resident group, Ensemble 360, and renowned soloist, Paul Lewis. It will be performed on this weekend by Tim Horton as well as guest pianists, James Baillieu, Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill. Plans are afoot to launch a piano series which will see internationally acclaimed pianists perform in Sheffield on the new piano from this autumn.
Tim Horton said:
"The arrival of the new C adds an important factor to the status of Music in the Round. Word always spreads quickly amongst pianists when a venue has a wonderful instrument and I feel sure that we will be seeing some big names perform at the Crucible Studio in the coming years."
Music in the Round launched its Ebony and Ivory Fund in October 2012 to replace their current Steinway piano which was beginning to show signs of many concerts’ wear. Thanks to the generosity of Friends and supporters of Music in the Round, and £1 for £1 match-funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme, full funding was achieved within a year (and a year ahead of schedule).
Deborah Chadbourn, Executive Director of Music in the Round said:
"When Tim told us in 2012 that we would need a new piano in a couple of years, we planned a two-year campaign to raise £50,000 to go towards its purchase. We were bowled over by our Sheffield audience's generosity when the donations started to come in October 2012; small and large, from a raffle and a dinner, via a 'Sponsor a Part' campaign and a Silent Art Auction. That generosity, inspired by passion for the music we present, combined with a couple of grants and Arts Council match funding has meant we met our target a year ahead of schedule. We couldn't have done it without that generosity, and we're looking forward to presenting some wonderful pianists in the city to say thank-you!"
Music in the Round’s inaugural concert for the piano is a special recital by Tim Horton, who will be joined by guest pianists Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill on Thursday 6 March at 7pm at the Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield. The piano will then play a central part in Music in the Round’s Exploring Schubert weekend festival dedicated to this great 19th century composer (from Friday 7 – Sunday 9 March 2014).
More details about Music in the Round’s Exploring Schubert weekend festival can be found here.