A DOZEN Steinway pianos worth almost a quarter of a million pounds arrived at Liverpool Hope University’s new performing arts centre on March 16.
The star attraction was a Steinway D concert grand worth £110,000 – one of the finest instruments in the world, which was lifted into the building by a specialist crane before taking its place alongside the others in the Hope theatre.
The special delivery confirmed the university music department as an “all-Steinway school”, the second in England and one of only four in Britain, joining a group that includes Royal Holloway at the University of London, Yale School of Music, New Haven and the Juilliard School in New York.
The delivery comprised a Steinway Concert Grand, a Steinway B Grand, two Steinway V uprights, four Boston UP-126 uprights and four Boston UP-118 uprights.
Together they represent a £240,000 investment.
All the pianos, except the giant Steinway D, were delivered via the goods lift with the Steinway D Grand being so big it had to be lifted by a special crane – the only one of its kind in the country. The crane lifted the concert grand from the foyer of the new Capstone building up to the first floor.
From there it was taken into the new Hope theatre which will become its home.
Professor Gerald Pillay, vice-chancellor and rector of Liverpool Hope University, said: “This partnership with Steinway sends out a powerful message about the direction that our university is taking. We want to be the best and the only way to do that is to work with the best.”