As the BSO approaches an important milestone in the Orchestra’s history, February sees the launch of the 125th Anniversary Appeal to raise the £125,000 needed to purchase a new Steinway Model D grand piano.
As an orchestra of national and international importance, it is essential for the BSO to have a grand piano of exceptional quality for the world’s greatest pianists to rehearse, perform, broadcast and record on. In recent years, the Orchestra has invited internationally renowned pianists to perform on stage at their home at Lighthouse, Poole and in concert venues across the region; including Yulianna Avdeeva, Imogen Cooper CBE, Angela Hewitt, John Lill CBE, Stephen Hough, Sunwook Kim, Simon Trpčeski and Lars Vogt.
The BSO acquired its current Steinway Grand Piano in 2002, selected by eminent British pianist John Lill CBE. Whilst the BSO’s Steinway has been well cared for and is in very good condition after 14 seasons, it is approaching the end of its life as an instrument fit for the demands of a professional orchestral performance schedule.
John Lill CBE has lent his support to the appeal, becoming one of the BSO’s 125th Anniversary Appeal’s artist patrons: “It gives me tremendous excitement and pleasure to realise that the 125th Anniversary Appeal has been launched, and it sounds a very good one, in order to furnish this great orchestra with a new piano.”
BSO audiences can support the appeal by making a gift of any size or by contributing in one of the following ways:
Become a Piano Appeal Principal Patron with a gift of £20,000
Become a Piano Appeal Virtuoso with a gift of £5,000
Donate a ‘Black Key’ for the Steinway with a gift of £1,000
Donate a ‘White Key’ for the Steinway with a gift of £500
Donate a ‘Hammer’ with a gift of £250
Donate a ‘String’ with a gift of £100.
For more information about the BSO’s 125th Anniversary Appeal or to make a gift, please visit BSOlive.com/PIANO-APPEAL or contact the BSO Development Team on 01202 644734 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org>