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Centenary celebrations for the Pianoforte Tuners’ Association

2 October 2013

Delegates at this year's PTA convention, held in Bournemouth
Delegates at this year's PTA convention, held in Bournemouth

The Pianoforte Tuners’ Association (PTA) marks its 100th birthday this month.

The PTA was formed in October 1913, during the heyday of piano manufacturing, to protect the interests of tuners and to offer instruction to apprentices. Today, the association promotes the importance of regular, skilled tuning and servicing while bringing together piano tuners and technicians.

Planned centenary celebrations include a Fazioli training day at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London and a Kawai technical class followed by the Scottish Autumn Dinner in Stirling. Earlier this year, the PTA convention was held in Bournemouth. It provided technical seminars, sponsored by Steinway & Sons, Kawai and Morley Pianos. The convention concluded with a gala dinner and charity auction that raised £1,800 divided between the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund and the Association’s Student Fund.

There are currently around 230 PTA Members in the UK and members use the letters MPTA after their names which helps the public to identify competent tuners in their area. Entry to the Association is achieved by passing three examinations to very high standards. Students must work for at least two years after their college training, completing a minimum of five years in total, before being eligible to apply for PTA membership.

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