Staff and students were treated to a very special lunchtime concert to launch Cheltenham College's new 'All-Steinway School' status. Eighteen Steinway pianos, including two concert grand pianos, three grand pianos, and 13 upright pianos were played together in Big Classical before being distributed to their homes around the College campus.
The first piece by the minimalist composer, Terry Riley, and the last piece ‘Floreat’, composed by Director of Music, Mr David McKee, were performed with all eighteen pianos. Pupils performed solos by Beethoven and Chopin, and the Headmaster, Dr Alex Peterken, also played as part of College's 'Ambition and Failure Week' - challenging pupils and staff to try something new.
Mr McKee commented, “Seeing Big Classical filled with our new pianos was a wonderful experience and the large audience that gathered to hear some of College’s most talented pianists added a real sense of occasion. This is a huge step forward for College in terms of its musical provision, and the students and staff are all very excited about it. Having the opportunity to perform as part of an 18-piece piano ensemble is likely to be a once in a lifetime experience, I know everyone who took part enjoyed it enormously.”
You can view a short clip from the concert here and see more photos in a Facebook album here.
Find out more about the 'All-Steinway School' status here.