University of Leeds becomes All-Steinway School11:10, 18th December 2017
The University of Leeds has become an All-Steinway School following the arrival of 27 new Steinway pianos.
The University, which is the first member of the Russell Group to receive the title, invested just over £742,000 in the pianos: a combination of uprights, baby grands and concert grands.
The new instruments joined a concert grand at the University’s School of Music. Most of the School’s old pianos have found new homes among local schools and community groups.
The School celebrated the arrival of the new instruments with the performance of a specially-composed piece for 28 pianos. Dr Mic Spencer, deputy head of the School of Music, created and performed Resonance/Light/Decay with one of his former PhD students, composer Dr Alannah Marie Halay, along with staff, students and members of partner organisations such as Opera North.
University vice-chancellor Sir Alan Langlands said: ‘This investment comes at an exciting time for culture on campus and across the city and will help fulfil two of the three key aims of our new Cultural Institute: the widening of cultural engagement and participation, and the enhancement of the skills of our students. It also responds directly to the demand from students for improved practise facilities in the University.’
Other new investments at the School of Music include the installation of cinema facilities in the 250-seat Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, the creation of a video performance space at the heart of the newly-refurbished Concert Hall Foyer, and investment in a new Apple Mac computer cluster to link composition technology with recently re-developed recording studios.