Some years ago Gina and Steve Campbell generously loaned their almost new baby grand Waldstein piano to Pocklington Arts Centre but it proved to have limited use due to size and storage problems.
As with all grand pianos long-term storage is detrimental to the instrument owing to the hundreds of delicate moving parts. Gina and Steve decided to ask if the piano could be re-located to a new venue where it would remain in situ and be used by a wider range of people within our community and for a more extensive range of events.
All Saints’ Church was suggested as the most appropriate venue and following discussions with the Rev Geoff Hollingsworth and the Parochial Church Council of All Saints who were so helpful and welcoming, the proposal was enthusiastically accepted. Rev Hollingsworth said: “I’m delighted with this wonderful gift and on behalf of the church would like to express my gratitude.” The relocation went ahead last month, the piano was tuned and checked after its journey and is already in use and much appreciated. Gina said: “It’s wonderful that the piano is going to be well-used.”
The instrument requires an A-frame to give it stability and to avoid damage to the legs when being moved about and a church member who occasionally writes for the Pocklington Post, has offered to pay for this device and also to make a protective cover.
Peter Winterton is heavily involved with the project and he has offered to pay for an annual tuning from his own pocket. He is an accomplished pianist who has performed at European concerts and who regularly plays at nearby stately homes such as Beningbrough Hall and Castle Howard in addition to spending two hours nearly every day on his grand piano at his home. He has volunteered to play the piano at the regular Tuesday coffee mornings in All Saints’ Church which should prove an added attraction.
Peter, who is a town councillor, is currently liaising with Rev Hollingsworth about how to use the piano in church for the wider benefit of the community, for larger projects involving young people and for fundraising for the church and other good causes.