When we opened, money was tight and we could not afford a really good piano, having to make do with a fairly basic baby grand. However, in 2007 we were offered an extra-special new piano deal by Yamaha UK – but we didn’t have enough cash to pay for it. We realised that this kind of fantastic opportunity to acquire a brand new, high-quality instrument would not reappear – we had to find the cash from somewhere!
A fundraising campaign was launched to raise the required shortfall of £5,000, and as well as asking for cash sponsorship donations, we started a scheme to ‘sell’ (sponsor) individual piano keys, at £50 each key (Edinburgh pianist Paul Kirby’s idea – nice one, Paul!).
In just 10 weeks, all 88 piano keys were ‘sold’– OUR CUSTOMERS AND MUSICIANS BOUGHT THE PIANO!
THANK YOU ALL!
There’s a framed poster in the entrance, showing all key sponsors on a map of the keyboard. The level of support has been absolutely tremendous and we sincerely thank everyone who has made any form of contribution.