Fine tuning ahead of a grand performance at historic Leeds house

Stephanie  Davies, assistant  community curator at Lotherton Hall  checking on one of a pair of  Erard pianos.
Stephanie Davies, assistant community curator at Lotherton Hall checking on one of a pair of Erard pianos.
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AN Historic Leeds house is fine tuning its 170-year-old grand piano which looks set to fill its drawing room with the sound of music.

The team at Lotherton Hall are making sure the striking piano which dates from the 1860s is tuned up ahead of a series of special music recitals.

The Drawing Room at Lotherton Hall.

The Drawing Room at Lotherton Hall.

Talented young musicians from some of the country’s top schools are set to tickle the ivories of the instrument which is one of a pair originally made for the famous Salt family of Saltaire.

Both pianos now reside in the hall’s drawing room alongside a stunning Erard harp from the 1840s.

Councillor Brian Selby, lead member for museums and galleries, said: “This piano is a genuine piece of master-craftsmanship and it must be a privilege for a musician to perform on such a unique and historic instrument.

“Likewise it will be a delight for any music lover to hear them played by such a collection of talented artists.

“To do so in the uniquely beautiful surroundings of Lotherton Hall will make it all the more special and I’m sure these concerts will be a memorable experience for both performers and visitors alike.”

This year’s programme of Young Artists’ Recitals will be held on Sunday afternoons and will be followed by tea in the Servants’ Hall Gallery.

The first will take place on April 24 and will see the Louko Piano Trio performing Beethoven, Liszt and Brahms.

Tickets for the recitals are priced at £12.50, £11.00 concessions and £20.00 for a family ticket.

Visit www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall.

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