Buxton’s United Reformed Church has owned a late Victorian Broadwood grand piano for many years – it was left to the Church by regular worshippers.
The cost of maintaining such an instrument is high and the Church has not been able to make that a priority. Thanks to a grant from the Bingham Trust the piano has now been completely overhauled by Shacklefords of Macclesfield, one of the leading companies in the country when comes to repair and restoration of pianos.
John Broadwood & Sons were based in London from the mid-18th century and over a period of 250 years manufactured thousands of pianos played by composers such as Haydn, Beethoven and Chopin.
This long-established and innovative company has always produced instruments of the highest quality and Buxton is fortunate indeed that one of its churches has a Broadwood grand piano. Now that it has been completely restored the intention is that it should be played and heard as often as possible.
To mark and celebrate the return of the piano to the Church a special recital has been organised.
The instrument was last played for a public audience during last July’s Buxton Festival Fringe by a duet Marianne Kelly and Heather Sargeson. They met as students at Sheffield and are returning to Buxton on Saturday April 14 for the first public performance on the restored piano.
They will be bringing an exciting and varied programme that includes Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals; Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves – all arranged for piano duet. The recital starts at 7.30pm and tickets are just £10 (£8 concessions, £5 children).
Further events will be announced shortly and if any musician – jazz, blues, pop or classically inspired – is interested in arranging a gig using the piano they are encouraged to contact Keith Savage (01298 70705 or firstname.lastname@example.org).