New pianos delivered to performing arts centre

The pianos, valued at £400,000 in total, will be housed in teaching and practice rooms throughout The Performance Hub at the Walsall Campus.

A Steinway model C concert grand will form the centrepiece of the blackbox theatre, which provides rehearsal and performance space at the new venue.

Wolverhampton has become the first University in the Midlands and only the third in the UK to obtain prestigious All-Steinway School status, which means that 90% of the University’s piano stock are Steinway brands.

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.

Staff and students from the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure gathered in the blackbox theatre to try out the new pianos, which include four new Steinway grand pianos, two new Boston grand pianos, two new Boston upright pianos and seven Essex upright pianos.

Dean of School, John Pymm, said: “This is an immensely proud moment for us. Steinway is a brand beyond compare and the University of Wolverhampton is delighted to join the prestigious ranks of All-Steinway Schools around the world.”

Keith Glazebrook, Sales Manager from Steinways and Sons UK, oversaw the delicate delivery process. He said: We are delighted to have formed this partnership with Wolverhampton University and we are thrilled to accredit the university as “All-Steinway School”.

Seeing the excitement in the music students on the delivery day was very rewarding for us as a manufacturer, and we sincerely believe these new pianos will continue to inspire music students for many years to come.

The finishing touches are being made to The Performance Hub, which will welcome new students from Monday. The £10 million building 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.

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.

John Pymm and Head of the Music Department, Kevin Stannard, who are both accomplished pianists, visited the Steinway factory in Hamburg, Germany, to personally select the four Steinway grand pianos.

The University is leasing a number of the pianos from Steinways and Sons, and received a charitable donation to purchase the concert piano.

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Picture: (L-R) Dean of the School of Sport, Performing Arts and Leisure, John Pymm, Head of the Music Department, Kevin Stannard (seated), student Mitchell Holland (seated) and Keith Glazebrook, Sales Manager from Steinways and Sons UK.

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