New performing arts centre becomes All-Steinway School

 it was announced today.

This means that 90% of the University’s piano stock are Steinway brands. Wolverhampton is the first University in the Midlands to hold this coveted status.

Steinway and Sons pianos are widely regarded as the finest in the world, and are favoured by top performers such as Elton John, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jnr and concert venues such as Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

The new Performance Hub at the Walsall Campus will take delivery of 15 new pianos from Steinway and Sons, makers of the world’s most respected pianos, in early September 2011. The Performance Hub includes new teaching and rehearsal spaces for the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, which offers a range of degrees in dance, drama, music, sport and physical activity, leisure and tourism.

Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, John Pymm, and Head of the Music Department, Kevin Stannard, both accomplished pianists, visited the Steinway factory in Hamburg, Germany, to personally select four Steinway grand pianos.

John Pymm said: “Steinway is a brand without equal: they’re played by the finest musicians in the most prestigious venues. This is an unprecedented opportunity for music students at the University of Wolverhampton to play the finest instruments and aspire to great things in their musical career.”

 The University will take delivery of four new Steinway grand pianos, two new Boston grand pianos, two new Boston upright pianos and seven Essex upright pianos. The institution already has two Boston upright pianos.

Wolverhampton joins the list of more than 125 prestigious institutions globally that hold All-Steinway School status. The other two universities in the UK are Liverpool Hope and Royal Holloway College’s Department of Music at the University of London.

Steinway & Sons was founded in 1853 by German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft. Today, Steinway is dedicated to the ideal of making the finest pianos in the world, and the instruments are renowned for their unsurpassed quality. The pianos are recognised for their superior sound and responsive touch, and each Steinway grand piano takes nearly a year to create.

Research conducted by Steinway & Sons indicated that 99.6% of soloists throughout Europe chose to play a Steinway when performing with orchestra. The company also found that over 70% of music scholars in America looked at the All-Steinway Schools roster before selecting which institutions to consider for their music education.

For further information about the University’s School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, visit www.wlv.ac.uk/sspal

For information about Steinway and Sons, visit www.steinway.com

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Picture: Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure John Pymm during the visit to the Steinway factory in Hamburg. Other pictures from the visit are available on request

For more information please contact Vickie Warren in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736

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