Harrogate’s famous grand piano has left the Wesley Centre to head south for essential repairs.
The cost for the work, which will take several months, will be in excess of £10,000, but this was received within just three months of a fundraising campaign being launched by the Centre.
Andrew Hitchen, who organises the Wesley Centre’s popular concert series said: “Music lovers across Harrogate and beyond love our piano and know what an asset it is to the town as it and the stunning setting of the Chapel, attract world-class artists.
“However, after 23 years of being played by some of the world’s most prestigious pianists, it has begun to show signs of some wear and tear so we need this work carried out so that the piano remains in excellent condition.”
He added: “The people of Harrogate have been extraordinarily generous in donating funds for the repairs and they have shown how much they value the piano by giving the money so quickly.”
The piano will be returned to the Centre in September in time for the first recital in the 24th Concert Season by Italian pianist, Fillipo Gorini.