21 Pianos; a giveaway to schools across the region

21 Pianos; a giveaway to schools across the region

In what promises to be an unmissable event, King’s College Chapel will be hosting 21 pianos in one of its Chapel Late concerts. The pianos are worth more than £50,000 and will be gifted to local schools and institutions.

In what promises to be an unmissable event, King’s College Chapel will be hosting 21 pianos in one of its Chapel Late concerts.

The pianos are worth more than £50,000 and will be gifted to local schools and institutions. Apply below!

Taking place on Tuesday 21 February 2017 at 10.00pm, the Nocturne for 21 Pianos is a collaboration between composer and King’s College Fellow in Music Richard Causton, the Peterborough Centre for Young Musicians (PCYM), King’s College Musical Society and Millers Music.

A reworking of Chopin’s original Nocturnes, the concert will see 21 local young musicians play 21 pianos simultaneously. With the pianos arranged in a large circle in the Chapel and the audience around the outside, it will be both a visual spectacle and an aural extravaganza, with a previous performance reviewed by the Times as “…eerie, ethereal and enchanting.”

Richard said: “This is a unique event for King's College Chapel and the sound and sight of 21 pianos in this wonderful space promises to be really memorable. As a child I studied at the Centre for Young Musicians, and I am very happy that pianists from the Peterborough and Saffron Walden branches of CYM will be joining forces with Cambridge University students for this very special performance. It’s a fantastic chance to play in such an awe-inspiring space.”

All 21 pianos have been provided by us, in celebration of our 160-year anniversary, and our Norwich-based sister store Cookes Pianos, for its 130-year anniversary. After the event, we will gift the pianos to schools and institutions across East Anglia,

Submissions are now open to schools, education centres, churches and community centres across East Anglia, see below! Entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including Richard Causton and Millers managing director, Simon Pollard. Closing date is 11pm 12th March 2017.

Attendees should arrive at 9.45pm for a 10pm start, with an estimated finish time of 10.50pm. Tickets are priced at £10 (concessions £5 and King’s members £2) and available to buy online at  http://shop.kings.cam.ac.uk/ and Kings College Visitor Centre from 1st February. 



Information about the pianos:

Each of the 21 Pianos is around 150cm wide, 55cm deep and weighs 175kg. The height of each varies from 105cm to 125cm. As each are different please bear in mind that these measurements are just a guideline and each is a little different. They are all upright pianos, no grand pianos are included in the 21 pianos. 

The pianos come with basic castors so they can be moved, but these are not safety castors. Typically safety castors will sit further out at the back and front to make the instrument more stable, but will add about 15cm to the depth of the instrument. These can be fitted for an additional cost of £200 and allow the piano to be moved easily by two people. The standard castors are metal wheels, whereas the safety castors are larger rubber wheels that will not scratch or damage floors. 

These are all acoustic pianos, with no electronic systems built in. Given the variety and age of the instruments, silent systems or electronic systems are not available as an additional extra for these. The manufacturers of these pianos include Challen, Spencer, Herman Mayr, Barrett and Robinson, Neumann, and Baldwin. These are mostly English manufacturers from the last 50 years. Each has been tuned, regulated, and checked over by our piano technicians, but as these are second hand or ex-rental instruments there will be the usual signs of wear and tear on the casework that is normal for pianos of this age. 

Each piano will be tuned and checked before being delivered, but we recommend they are checked within three months again as keys may stiffen and tuning may change as the piano adjusts to the new temperature and humidity level in it's new home. We then recommend each piano is tuned once every six months to ensure it is kept in good condition. 

Our standard price for each tuning is £69 inc VAT, and this includes running repairs and adjustments. If you have several pianos in your school or institution please contact us and we can look at a contract price for maintaining all the pianos on a regular basis. 


For any enquiries please contact Adele Scrivener on 01223 354452 or adele@millersmusic.co.uk

Terms and conditions:

  • Winners of the giveaway will need to pay £150 + VAT for delivery
  • Only schools, community centres, churches and other education institutions in East Anglia are eligible to apply to receive a piano
  • A delivery date will be agreed between the school/institution and Millers Music
  • A committee made up of Millers Music and Kings College members will decide on the winners
  • Closing date for all applications is 11 pm 12th March 2017