A Piano for Orkney

We are pleased to announce that, thanks to the generosity of many individuals and several key organisations we have been able to secure a brand new Steinway concert grand piano for Orkney in time for our 40th Festival. The piano will feature in a series of concerts during the Festival in June 2016.


Over the years, St Magnus International Festival has brought a huge range of highly-acclaimed, world-renowned pianists to Orkney.

Although other musicians are lucky enough to travel with their instruments, pianists have to rely on what they find when they arrive in a concert venue. The Festival had never owned a piano and had relied on the generosity and willingness of Orkney Arts Society in lending its pianos. We  decided to buy a new Steinway Concert Grand Model D to provide 'the best' for our visiting performers.

The cost of a brand new Steinway piano is considerable so we looked to the generosity of all those from Orkney and beyond who support the work of the Festival, and had enjoyed many virtuoso piano performances in the past, to help us raise the amount needed.

The piano will be a resource for Orkney, allowing a fine piano to be available for other concerts and recitals as well as for capable local pianists and students. For information on using the piano contact the Festival Office.

Thank you very much for your kind support.

Thank You!

Our thanks to the following people, businesses and organisations who donated to the purchase of A Piano for Orkney:

Winkie Eunson
St Magnus Stage Crew
Yvonne & Jeremy Clarke
Norman & Dorothy Rushbrook
S Costello & R Clark
Lydia Campbell
Jonathan Price
Shelagh & Simon Oakes
Karen English
Gail Churchill
Mrs Kate Grimond
Kristin Linklater
Jane George
Maureen Jackson
Johnny Grimond
Iain & Sheila Campbell
David Lipetz and Philip Croft
Mrs Morag Black
Joan Harvey
Robin Barr
Jacqueline Mair
Diana Proudfoot
Anne Seymour
Dr & Mrs Ian Rolfe
Mary Davidson
Roger & Sheila Amey
John & Maureen Orr
Edna S Panton
In memory of Alan Plater
In memory of
Bob & Phyllis Blance
Michael Lubbock
Dr Isabel Leeming
Geraldine E Shaw
David & Hilary Tumath -
in memory of Herbert
William Irvine Fortescue
Lt Col & Mrs Grenville Johnston
John M Geddes
In memory of Thora Harnden (nee Seatter)
Neil Gordon
Edna C Cromarty
Martin Staniforth
Clive Simpson
Margaret & Gordon Shiach
Elaine Diamond Gordon
Jolyon Hall
M M Maclean
Ian Linklater Mair
Howard Bottomley
Maureen Sturrock
Frances Drever
Nicholas and Susan Thomas
Geordie Burnett Stuart
In memory of
Miss Irene Walby
Marjorie Dunbar
Alison Wells
Elizabeth Fowler
Zio Francos
Judith Glue
Jane & Dennis Brook
Creative Scotland
The Richan Family
Jennifer Mackinnon
In memory of Margaret Bell
In memory of Mrs Janet R McCallum
Tom and Karen Dening
In memory of Judith Clarke
Patricia J Wilson
Norma Christie
Stephen and Jean MacFarlane
Alan McLean
William Irvine Fortescue
Mary Ray
Mrs M A Black's Charitable Trust
Val Humphreys
Clive Simpson
Dr Liz Sowler
Mr A J Smith
Bill & Eileen Runciman Margaret Swain
Dr & Mrs Michael Moss
Sheila McCormack
Hilary Brazell
Alistair Stewart
McCrone Charitable Trust
Philip & Psiche Hughes
John & Susan Dale
The Robertson-Ness Trust
Mrs Kate Sander
Francis & Janet in memory of Margaret Bell
Angela McGregor
Ann & Gary Ryan
In memory of Joyce & Innes Farrar - Emma McLeod
Jim & Aileen MacEwan
Annie Halliday
Diana Hogarth
Helen J Manson
R & F Celli
Lavinia Gordon
Jenni Balfour Simmons
Orkney Islands Council
Archie & Elizabeth Bevan
Jeanne Lewis (nee Heddle)
The Friend Family
Gunter Charitable Trust
Nexen Petroleum
Elsie M Norquoy
Peter Syme
John M Geddes
In memory of Maureen Cooper
Edna S Panton
Elfriede Witte (John Barnaby)
Gordon & Irene
Joy Blair
Palle Uht Jepsen
Rosemary Anne Mason
Jim Wallace
Henry Bowen Saxby
Malcolm Foulis
The Mayfield Singers
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Claire Mullins
The Macphails
Sarah and Mike Gee
Bryan and Anne Leslie
Gillian C
Malcolm Macrae
John White
Jenny Rambridge
David and Marilyn Sneddon
Peter Syme
Dr & Mrs Ian Rolfe

...and to all those who wished to remain anonymous

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