The Royal Hospital School mark the delivery of £250000 worth of new pianos with a world premiere performance

08 Apr 2013

Yesterday ten pianists – including four Royal Hospital School pupils, 2 music teachers, one professional pianist, the Director of Music, the Head of Academic Music and the Headmaster, James Lockwood – played a world premiere of ‘Pianoscape’ by Iain Farrington on ten first-class brand new pianos worth £250,000.
This event was held in the School’s Recital Hall to celebrate the day that the Royal Hospital School took delivery of the world’s finest piano – the Italian Fazioli Grand of which only 110 are hand-crafted each year in a family-run factory in Rome – as well as two impressive Bechstein Grand pianos and ten Hoffman Uprights to replace some well-loved, but worn, instruments.
Peter Crompton, Director of Music, said: “The Royal Hospital School has been building upon its strong musical tradition with a commitment to investment in musical education. A state-of-the-art music school was opened in 2009, a number of music scholarships have been awarded to the most talented pupils joining the School and this new piano scheme will attract even more first-rate musicians and enable our young pianists to develop to an even higher level.”
William Saunders, Head of Academic Music said, ‘Pianoscape’ was the perfect choice to show-case the incredible sound and pitch of these world-class instruments through a kaleidoscope of sounds building from the first simple notes played by the Headmaster to an impressive climax expertly performed by Peter Crompton on the ‘Ferrari-of-pianos’ – the Fazioli”.
The new instruments will feature in an inaugural concert at the school’s recital hall from 7pm on Saturday, September 21.
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