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Pupils Provide New Home For Iconic Baby Grand Piano

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Pupils and staff at St Patricks Catholic Primary School in Toxteth have been able to enjoy their first sing-a-long around the piano thanks to a very special delivery from Clayton Square Shopping Centre.


The school was chosen as the lucky recipient of Clayton Square's iconic baby grand piano, which was a well-known feature of the city centre having entertained shoppers for more than 20 years.


When the shopping centre ran out of space for the Yamaha Bay Grand Piano and it was no longer used, bosses ran an appeal through the Liverpool Echo for people to nominate deserving groups to provide it with a new home.


This was spotted by Phil Larkin, who has recently become musical coordinator at St Patricks, and who was Clayton Square's resident pianist from 2001 to 2004.


Along with head teacher Terry Kirwan, Phil has been trying to give a huge boost to musical learning at the school and to provide opportunities for children to be involved in music.


He said: "I'm thrilled to be reunited with the piano and that Clayton Square has chosen St Patricks to receive the piano.


"The baby grand piano at Clayton Square has been a real cultural fixture in Liverpool for many years and I even remember being a child listening to the original pianist Glenys Carroll who became a much-loved figure in the city.


"Her piano playing brought a great deal of pleasure to many people over the years and having the opportunity to play the same piano in that location was very exciting and a real joy.


"We're now working to provide children at the school with more opportunities to get involved with music, such as the recent Supersing event that took place at the Echo Arena in June, and their own fantastic musical productions in school.


"We want to take their musical development and their love of music as far as possible and this beautiful piano will not just be a real asset to music education in the school, but I'm sure will help to improve the children's all-round appreciation of music."


Ian Strettle, Clayton Square centre manager, said: "We were delighted when Phil got in touch to offer a new home for our baby grand piano at the school where he now teaches.


"Phil is a wonderful pianist so it's great that he will be reunited with the piano and that he will be using it to nurture the talents of the next generation of Liverpool musical talent."