Grand Piano Arrival
Last May we launched an appeal to raise a minimum of £10,000 to replace our ageing Grand Piano, which has been such an important part of our strong music tradition for over 50 years. Just six months later, I am delighted to announce that we have reached our initial target and a beautiful new piano was delivered by Pianoforte Cambridge to the School on 11th November. We are, however, continuing the fundraising until Christmas for a few additional extras that always come with such a large purchase!
This incredible amount of money has been raised by holding big events such as the Music Marathon last May, the Bourn Proms in June, from kind donations from friends of the School and members of the local community, from Bourn Village Store and from Parish and Church Councils, by making grant applications and in many other different ways. None of this would have been achieved without the drive and passion of Suzanne Armitage and Marietjie Verwoerd, and I thank them on behalf of everyone for their endeavours.
On Friday 11th November, our old piano was dismantled in the morning, and then delivered to its new home at Manor Farm, where we know it will continue to be well used and appreciated. Our new piano, Nancy (named in memory of the old piano’s donor), arrived in the afternoon, and the children and many parents and members of the local community lined the drive to clap, cheer and generally welcome it to its new home. Just before home time we gathered the whole school into the hall, along with parents and community members, to see and hear the piano for the first time. We sang a rousing hymn and had the piano blessed by Reverend Gildersleve. It was a very emotional, momentous and fitting start to its new life.
We are planning a ‘Thank You’ and dedication concert, in the near future, and will be announcing more details very soon.
I am hugely grateful to everyone who has made this dream become a reality and in such a short space of time. Thanks go to Kawai UK for their generous help and support too.