Bishop’s Move has recently been helping the National Trust raise £40,000 to fund the repair and restoration of a treasured Steinway grand piano.
The 1904 Model B Steinway was donated to the Trust’s country house, Polseden Lacey near Dorking in Surrey, many years ago and is now in need of some restoration.
Local people kindly donated their old pianos which will be on display around the grounds of the house over the school summer holidays for visitors to play their own tunes and raise funds for the restoration project.
Bishop’s Move helped by collecting pianos from several locations in the Surrey area and delivering them to the popular Edwardian house in Great Bookham.
Caroline Williams, House and Collections Manager at Polseden Lacey said, “Music is so important to Polesden Lacey as the previous owner, Mrs Greville, had her own Steinway in the Saloon and used to invite famous musicians of the time to come and play at her parties. We want to make sure the spirit of music lives on at Polesden through raising the funds to restore our Steinway and having some fun with it along the way. Bishop’s Move were so helpful and professional when it came to moving the pianos – we are so grateful for their help with our fundraising project.”
Bishop’s Move’s Marketing Director, Chris Marshall commented, “It’s always a pleasure to be able to give something back to our local community and we were proud to have been involved in such an interesting project at such a stunning location.”
Photo: Bishops porters load one of the donated pianos.