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Millers Music in Cambridge mark anniversary by donating 21 pianos across the region


By Gemma Gardner


21 Pianos, concert rehearsals at Kings College Chapel. Picture: Keith Heppell
21 Pianos, concert rehearsals at Kings College Chapel. Picture: Keith Heppell

Schools, nurseries and churches are among the organisations to have secured a piano from a Cambridge music store.

Millers Music is marking its 160th anniversary this year by donating 21 of the instruments – worth £50,000 in all – to community groups across the region.

More than 270 schools and other institutions applied to receive one of the pianos, and the winners have now been revealed.

St Bede’s Inter-Church School and Mayfield Primary School, both in Cambridge, Cottenham Village College, The Meadow Primary School in Balsham and Oakington CofE Primary School were among the winners.

Sunflowers Care in Cottenham, which cares for children with complex health needs, will also take delivery of a piano.

Millers Music managing director Simon Pollard said: “This overwhelming response to the giveaway only served to highlight the lack of funding for music in the curriculum and how at risk music education is for a whole generation.

“I’m pleased to support schools and musical groups, and hope the winners thoroughly enjoy their new piano and it has a positive impact on the students and community.”

The gesture of genorosity, carried out in conjunction with its sister store Cookes Pianos of Norwich, follows a concert in March at which all the pianos were played in unison, performing Nocture for 21 Pianos by Richard Causton, at King’s College Chapel.

Mr Causton, along with Mr Pollard, selected the winners. Applicants told how they had to push old pianos across school playgrounds from classrooms to the school hall, that children were turned away from music lessons and there is generally a lack of resources for music study. Almost all highlighted the need for support for music education across the country.

Although Millers is not able to provide all applicants with a piano, it hopes to support music in schools in the future and has discussed potential bursaries and grants as part of Millers Music outreach programme.

The full list: ■ Abacus Early Learning Alban Academy

■ Bedford Free School

■ Benjamin Britten Academy of Music

■ City Academy Norwich

■ City Singers

■ Cottenham Village College

■ Humpty Dumpty Pre-School

■ Huntercombe Hospital ■ Norwich School

■ Hylands School

■ Ixworth Free School

■ Jane Austen College

■ Mayfield Primary School

■ Meadow Primary School

■ Mighty Oaks

■ Oakington Church of England Primary School

■ Richmond Fellowship

■ St Bede’s Inter-Church School

■ St Giles Church of England Primary School

■ Sunflowers Care

■ Wayland Academy



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