‘New’ Piano arrives

Friday 15th October marked an important day for the Sinfonietta. On that date, we became the proud and grateful owners of a Broadwood boudoir grand piano.

The piano originally belonged to Joy Pearce, ( professional name Judith Pearce) who was an opera singer from St Helens. She was the life-long friend of Wynne Lycett whose daughter, Helen, gained possession of the piano.

Wynne, a former professional singer and well-known figure on the St Helens music scene, was a great supporter of the Sinfonietta for many years. When she died last year, Helen asked the Sinfonietta if we would be interested in having the piano, for use at our concerts. Once the church said ‘yes’ to allowing the piano to be stored and used in the sanctuary, it was all systems go to get the piano moved from London to St Helens

With great care, the piano was transported to St Helens and, once it was in place in the sanctuary, an ‘a’ frame and castors were fitted, the piano tuned and a cover found for it.

We are profoundly grateful to Helen for her generous gift, and we look forward to the piano being used soon at one of our concerts.

In the meantime, it will be used by other choirs and musical groups who use the church sanctuary.

David Forshaw ( chair of the Sinfonietta) tries out the piano in its new home.