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Chorus Piano Appeal

You're the key to our new piano.

William Spaulding, Chorus Director, and Genevieve Ellis, Assistant Chorus Master currently have an upright piano which they use for personal study at the Royal Opera House. Their daily practice is vital to the outstanding performances the Royal Opera Chorus give each day through studying not only the chorus parts, but also substantial sections of the opera as a whole. Daily practise of the music, as well as technical exercises, mean the rehearsals with the chorus can be more efficient and effective.

However, William and Genevieve are restricted by the lack of soundproofing in their practice room. They have therefore appealed for a digital piano that can be used with headphones, and transported if necessary. This would avoid expensive and impractical soundproofing of the room. The desired piano – a compact, precise and high-quality Yamaha AvantGrand N1 – costs £5,499 and has the required feel and action of a grand piano. Their current piano will be used elsewhere across the building.

‘It’s an honour to work with the Royal Opera Chorus – so it’s key that we’re well prepared to rehearse with them.’

– William Spaulding, Chorus Director

How could you help?

  • £62.48 could buy one key
  • £749.76 could buy an octave
  • £5,499 could buy the whole piano
e.g. £5, £62.48 or other

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You can also make a gift over the telephone by calling Georgie Barry on +44 (0)20 7212 9127. Thank you for your support.