Hard-up City Hall in appeal for spare piano

Sheffield City Hall
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Sheffield City Hall needs a new rehearsal piano – and budget-tied bosses hope you might give them one.

“It doesn’t have to be anything flash or special or new,” says spokeswoman Kate Reveley. “It just needs to have all 88 keys, a working right pedal and decent castors for easy mobility.”

The old one, it seems, has been sent to the knacker’s yard after giving key tinklers a less-than-ideal combination of bum notes and finger splinters.

Now, for anyone who donates a replacement, bosses promise not only the pleasure of knowing internationally acclaimed pianists are perfecting their pinkie practice on your piano, but also a complimentary season subscription for the upcoming Sheffield International Concert Season.

And we’re told not to worry – the unusual request apparently doesn’t mean the City Hall is struggling for its financial future.

“Times are tight for everyone and we’re no different,” says Kate. “But this appeal is being made because the venue doesn’t have the budget this year to cover such an outgoing. Many concert halls don’t even have rehearsal piano so it’s not essential – but, of course, we would like to keep the tradition of having one.”

n If you can help email info@sheffieldcityhall.co.uk or call 0114 223740.