The Steinway Story

The Steinway Story

Since Lancaster University was established in the 1960s, some of the world's greatest pianists have performed on campus. These artists have included giants of the classical world as well as emerging new talent, helping to establish a reputation of excellence for Lancaster's Concert Series.


The old Steinway piano had been enjoyed by many audiences and played a great deal over the years. In its twilight years, the instrument needed to be retired from public performance and, with the help of supporters, it was replaced with a brand new Model D Concert Grand Steinway. The piano is an invaluable asset and totally central to sustaining the reputation of Lancaster's popular Concert Series.

The Steinway Campaign was launched in 2011 and has received donations from students, staff of the university and friends in the region. Together with a generous match funding from the University, over £100,000 was raised in less than a year.

The Friends of the Concerts made the single largest donation of £10,000 and £15,900 was raised from individual gifts to the campaign, including gifts made to mark the end of Professor Paul Wellings' tenure as Vice-Chancellor. We also raised over £30,000 by selling old pianos which were no longer needed by LICA. We have retained the finest instruments including eight Yamaha upright pianos for our practice rooms.

Further funding is needed to ensure we can keep up the precision maintenance and proper care required to keep our pianos in world-class condition. Any gift you feel able to give would be greatly appreciated.

"I strongly support this campaign, which will enhance excellence in music through the purchase of a fine concert instrument for many years to come and bring much pleasure and benefit to staff, students and people in the region." - Marion McClintock, donor to the Steinway Campaign

"Culture is not a luxury and music in all its forms can lift the soul. One of the exciting pleasures of the University Concert Series is to be drawn into the music of the breathtaking skill of an internationally recognised pianist, whom you may have heard on the radio or seen playing to a rapturous audience on television. The opportunity to see that artist on stage and not only to hear play, but listen to that artist put background on the interpretation of the works performed, is a fulfilling experience that should not be missed. I can't wait to hear the new Steinway!" - Jenny Greenhalgh (Lancaster University Library), donor to the Steinway Campaign.

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