A gentle movement as £60,000 grand is delivered
An historic church in a small, rural village had an expensive arrival ahead of a concert featuring an internationally- acclaimed musician.
The top-of-the-range Steinway Concert Grand Piano was delivered to St Mary's Church in Stogumber, West Somerset, prior to the village's four-day music festival.
The £60,000 piano is one of relatively few concert-quality grand pianos in the South West.
It was due to be played by internationally-acclaimed Czech pianist Lada Valešová at last night's opening performance of the festival, which runs until Sunday.
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Lance Moir, festival chairman, said: "When we started planning for Stogumber Festival, we knew we wanted to attract top-class international and UK artists to perform.
"For leading classical concert pianists such as Lada, it is essential to have the very best equipment with which to work and we are indebted to the Dorset Musical Instruments Trust for providing us with this 7ft 6in Steinway 'C'. It will not only be played at the opening concert but also when Lada accompanies the Royal Opera House's Australian soprano Anita Watson two nights later."
The festival will also include performances by a range of different artists including award-winning Irish folk singer Cara Dillon – who lives in Somerset and is married to guitarist Sam Lakeman, brother of folk star Seth Lakeman, who lives near Tavistock.