Schools in Norfolk gifted pianos after chapel performance

Twenty-one pianos have been given away to East Anglian schools after a performance of 21 Piano Noctu

Twenty-one pianos have been given away to East Anglian schools after a performance of 21 Piano Nocturnes. Picture: Millers Music - Credit: Archant

Twenty-one schools across East Anglia have been gifted a piano after a chapel performance.

More than 500 people attended King's College Chapel, in Cambridge, to watch Richard Causton's 21 Piano Nocturnes, a reworking of Chopin's Nocturnes, earlier this year.

It saw 21 musicians play piano in a circle, and was a collaboration between composer and King's College Fellow in Music Richard Causton, the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians, King's College Musical Society and Cambridge music shop Millers Music.

After Simon Pollard, managing director of Millers Music, announced he would donate the 21 pianos to local schools to support music education, more than 270 schools applied.

The winners have now been announced and include Benjamin Britten Academy of Music, City Academy Norwich, Huntercombe Hospital Norwich School, Jane Austen College and Wayland Academy.

Mr Pollard said the interest had been 'overwhelming' and highlighted the lack of funding for music in the curriculum.

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