Concert piano to be musically christened’

HUNTINGDONSHIRE will unveil its only concert grand piano at Hinchingbrooke School s Performing Arts Centre on Saturday. A donation of £2,500 from the Huntingdon Freemen s Charity has taken the appeal for the instrument to £54,000 for a brand new Bosendorf

HUNTINGDONSHIRE will unveil its only concert grand piano at Hinchingbrooke School's Performing Arts Centre on Saturday.

A donation of £2,500 from the Huntingdon Freemen's Charity has taken the appeal for the instrument to £54,000 for a brand new Bosendorfer.

It will have its first public outing at the Old Huntingdonians' Association annual dinner in the PAC, when former Huntingdon Grammar School pupil and professional pianist Jillian Skerry and Raymond Wood will entertain guests.

The South Korean-born pianist Young-Choon Park will be giving the first full recital on the new piano on Friday April 21 as part of the Huntingdonshire District Council series of concerts. The instrument will be dedicated to former music teacher Ken Brown, who taught at Huntingdon Grammar School for 25 years and was also organist at Trinity Church and then All Saints in the Market Square.


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Appeal Director, Peter Downes, former head of Hinchingbrooke School, said: "We have been delighted to receive donations from nearly 200 former pupils. Many have written to say how much they still appreciate the musical inspiration Ken Brown gave them."

Old Huntingdonians chairman, Hilary While, of Godman-chester said.

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"We are thrilled with the response. We intend to keep the OHA Music fund open indefinitely so that we can support young people with music bursaries in future. We are sure this is what Ken Brown would have approved of so further contributions will be welcome."

Jillian Skerry, who chose the instrument, said it would be "versatile enough for all performance situations - a piano concerto with a full orchestra, chamber music or solo performances".

INFORMATION: The HDC ticket line for the concert series is on 01480 388248.

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