St Mary’s Cathedral’s Steinway

This article is from 2007.

St Mary’s Cathedral’s Steinway

Flash new keys get christened

It’s not every day that a brand new Steinway arrives on the doorstep. So when St Mary’s Cathedral took proud delivery of their specially ordered grand piano – and its price tag of around the £50,000 mark – it seemed only right and proper that an appropriate series of recitals should be presented to mark the occasion. Apart from lunchtime performances every day (except Sundays) during August, there are two concerts that place the piano directly in the spotlight. Putting the instrument through its paces in an inaugural recital is the superb international pianist David Wilde, while six of Edinburgh’s most talented young pianists show what the piano can do a couple of days later.

For cathedral lay clerk, Henry Howard, who has already experienced the piano in accompaniment, ‘the sound is beautiful. We had a Bechstein before, which is a very good piano, but in comparison, the Steinway is a Rolls Royce.’ (Carol Main)

St Mary’s Cathedral, 226 0000, 18 Aug, 7.30pm, £12 (£8); 20 Aug, 7.30pm, free.

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