Lucky coincidences led to the purchase of the Grotrian-Steinweg piano. One of our members was told by piano tuner Alistair McLean that, as a goodwill gesture, six Grotrian-Steinweg pianos were being offered to the UK at a special price; and that we might be eligible for one.
As the Society could not afford for someone to travel to Germany to examine the piano, the manufacturer agreed to send it to London. Our good friend, pianist Gustav Fenyo, kindly travelled to London; he strongly recommended purchase.
Negotiations with the Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Fund were urgently intensified. Their generous help, plus significant contributions from Helensburgh Orchestral Society and Argyll & Bute Council, added to our own piano fund totalled the price of £24,000.
This splendid instrument was delivered in May 1998. We are proud to have been able to bring such an asset to The Tower Digital Arts Centre and Helensburgh.
Helensburgh Music Society is responsible for the care and maintenance of the piano, which involves monitoring temperature, humidity and ensuring its proper handling. The Society is very appreciative of the expert maintenance and tuning by Roy O’Neil.