Welcoming this development, Dr James Dack, Head of the Department of Music, said, “The completion of a three-year programme of the acquisition of Steinway and Boston pianos for the lecture, teaching and practice rooms of the Department and performance venues within the College has resulted in a recognition we are proud to share with major musical institutions across the world.”
To celebrate the occasion the College hosted a reception on 15 October 2008 in the Windsor Building. Staff, students and local residents packed out the Auditorium where Mr Glen Gough, Managing Director, Steinway & Sons UK, presented the College with a commemorative plaque to mark the occasion.
The audience then enjoyed a superb recital by the pianist James Kirby, who performed music by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Liadov on the Steinway model ‘D’ concert grand. James gives recitals throughout the UK and has appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Edinburgh and Aldeburgh festivals and overseas in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Holland and the Czech Republic.
Dr Dack commented, “We are very proud to have been awarded this distinction and were delighted that so many were able to attend the celebration and make it so memorable an occasion."