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|Title:||The ‘peoples’ piano’ arrives in Sheffield|
|Author:||Music In The Round |
|ID & Publication:||20140311023 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
New Steinway C Grand Piano arrives at Music in the Round a year ahead of schedule following public’s generosity.
Music in the Round’s new Steinway C grand piano is being delivered to the Sheffield-based classical music promoter’s home at the Crucible Studio on Thursday 6 March. The new piano has been bought through innovative sponsorship and art auction fundraising initiatives as well as £1 for £1 match-funding from Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme. Over 150 people contributed to the fundraising campaign. Donations ranged from as little as £10 to four figure grants from Trusts and Foundations.
The piano’s first ever performances will take place during its first weekend in the city, starting with an inaugural piano recital on the Thursday evening and then as part of Music in the Round’s Exploring Schubert weekend festival (Friday 7 – Sunday 9 March 2014).
It will be performed on by the Hillsborough-based Ensemble 360 pianist Tim Horton as well as acclaimed guest pianists, James Baillieu, Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill. Plans are afoot to launch a piano series which will see a host of internationally acclaimed pianists perform in Sheffield on the new Steinway C from this autumn.
Music in the Round’s piano has been handmade by the renowned piano-makers Steinway at their factory in Hamburg. It has been bought a year ahead of schedule, 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.
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. Full funding was achieved within a year, and the new piano was chosen in Hamburg by Tim Horton, pianist with Music in the Round’s resident group, Ensemble 360, and renowned soloist, Paul Lewis.
Tim Horton said about the new piano arrival:
‘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.’
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).
The Festival opens with a performance of Schubert’s Die Winterreise D911 by James Baillieu, who will be accompanying the award-winning Baritone Marcus Farnsworth (Friday 7 March, 7.45pm). Families can enjoy Ensemble 360’s Tim Horton playing the new piano during an interactive exploration of Schubert’s Piano Quintet in A The Trout as part of Music in the Round’s family concert Something Fishy (Saturday 8 March, 11am).
The Festival continues on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March with performances throughout the day and into the evening by members of Ensemble 360. They’ll be playing a variety of pieces by the Romantic composer, including some of Schubert’s best-known works for piano and strings. Local choir, the Abbeydale Singers are giving a short performance of some of Schubert’s beautifully rich and yet rarely performed Partsongs (Saturday 8 March, 6.30pm). There’s also another opportunity to hear James Baillieu and Marcus Farnsworth together when they perform Schubert’s DieSchöne Müllerin D795 (Sunday 9 March, 2pm).
Music in the Round’s Exploring Schubert weekend festival is part of their Spring Series of concerts, taking place at the Crucible Studio Theatre in Sheffield. Tickets for all concerts and events are on sale and available via the Sheffield Theatres Box Office (www.musicintheround.co.uk / 0114 249 6000).
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