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Steinway Masterclass

To celebrate our announcement of becoming an all-Steinway UK University, a number of our musically talented students have recently travelled to London for a rare opportunity to take part in a prestigious Steinway masterclass. The University’s Chancellor and world-renowned opera singer, Sir Thomas Allen, accompanied the group.

Becoming an all-Steinway University

We will become an all-Steinway University in April with an investment in 58 pianos – the largest investment of any University in the UK. The concert pianist’s instrument of choice will be available for all students of all levels of musical talent. They will be accessible throughout the University – both within the Music Department and across the University’s 17 Colleges, cementing Durham’s commitment to music, as the UK’s top ranked university in the subject.

The Steinway experience

Liberal Arts student Mary-Anne Grego commented that it was an “amazing” experience. Whilst Law student Risako Takamura became “immersed in the wonderful sound”.

The pair heard about the masterclass and auditioned to attend the event. They were delighted at having the exceptional opportunity to play in the wonderful setting of the Steinway Hall and under the guidance of Steinway artist, Charles Owen.

Take a look at the masterclass experience

The Sir Thomas Allen legacy

“This marriage with Steinway is the perfect combination…I can guarantee to all our students that they will have the best available to them.” Sir Thomas Allen

The initiative marks the end of Sir Tom’s Chancellorship with the University – leaving a world-class legacy behind for future generations of young musicians. Donors are welcome to support the Sir Thomas Allen Appeal by contributing to the fund.

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