Howdenshire Grand Piano Appeal - Share the Joy of Music
An appeal from Steven Goulden, chairman of the Howdenshire Music Project:
Video & audio: Steve Brookfield - Audio Production
Update: 1 October 2020
The Piano Appeal currently stands at £3,500 - thank you so much to everyone who has donated towards the appeal so far! We are so very grateful for your continued support.
Our target amount is £15,000, which will allow us to purchase a new FEURICH 218 grand piano for the Howdenshire community.
About the Piano Appeal
July 2020 saw the launch of the Howdenshire Grand Piano Appeal. Howdenshire Music Project is raising funds for a new grand piano to ensure the continuation of the free lunchtime concert series at Howden Minster and become a lasting resource available for everyone in our local community, including schools, community groups and young people.
Any donations you can give to the Piano Appeal would be very gratefully received. You can donate online via our JustGiving page here:
Or if you would prefer to donate via cheque, please send a cheque payable to 'Howdenshire Music Project' to 15 Kensington Gardens, Howden, East Yorkshire, DN14 7JN.
Why is a new grand piano needed?
The Howdenshire Music Project is a charitable organisation which organises free lunchtime concerts in Howden Minster. In the past, concerts have taken place using a loaned grand piano which is over 100 years old! Although it has served well, the piano's condition is deteriorating quickly and it is in a poor state. We have been advised by a professional technician that the best option is to purchase a new, high quality instrument which will be based in Howden Minster and will be a resource for our local community for decades to come.
We have the opportunity to purchase a magnificent new FEURICH 218 Concert I grand piano at a competitive price. FEURICH have generously loaned this instrument to the project until November 2020 for use in the rest of this year's lunchtime concerts, which are being released online. However, after this point the piano will have to be returned unless we can raise enough funds to give it a permanent home.
You can see and hear the FEURICH grand piano which the project is hoping to acquire 'in action' in our series of free online lunchtime concerts running between July and November 2020. These are viewable on the 'Howdenshire Music Project' YouTube and 'Howdenshire Music Project' Facebook channels.
How will a new piano benefit our local area?
A new grand piano will ensure that:
Free high quality concerts continue and are open to everyone in the Howdenshire area (and further afield), making music more accessible for all
Local schools and other community groups are able to further their music-making in the form of concerts, workshops and other events
The concert experience is greatly improved for audiences and musicians - a new instrument will provide enhanced sound quality and attract exceptional performers to Howden and the surrounding area
There is a long-term community instrument in the Howdenshire area for everyone to use and benefit from, especially young musicians and people/groups who would not otherwise have access to a high quality piano