Falkirk’s Trinity Church is new home for Grand Piano

Talented musicians took part in a gala concert to mark a new arrival for Classic Music Live! Falkirk.

By Jill Buchanan
Monday, 16th March 2020, 10:40 pm

Friday evening’s event in Trinity Church saw the first official playing of the recently purchased Grand Piano.

Around £10,000 was raised by donations and other fundraising to purchase the second-hand Yamaha instrument from McLarens in Glasgow.

Richard Dyer, chairman of Classic Music Live! Falkirk, said: “We organise a few lunchtime concerts in Falkirk Trinity Church which are popular, particularly with older people who prefer not 
to go out in the evenings. These have been limited by the lack of a good piano in the church.

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“We are also aware that the days of Falkirk Town Hall are numbered, and unless there is a replacement, we may have to rethink our evening concerts too.”

He added that the appeal for funds was only launched last August and on Friday evening was able to announce that the target had been reached.

A new programme is now being planned with more lunchtime and afternoon concerts in the church.

Mr Dyer thanked the church for agreeing to give the piano a home and said it would be available for use by other musicians.

Given the honour of playing the keyboard for the first concert was pianist and composer Gordon Cree, who was joined on stage by his Falkirk-born wife, mezzo soprano Cheryl Forbes, violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken and string bassist Roy Percy.

The appreciative audience were entertained by the varied programme which ended with Cheryl’s rendition of 
Irving Berlin’s I Love a Piano.