As part of Durham’s current project to become the first All-Steinway University in the country, a few students had the opportunity to go down to Steinway Hall in London to take part in a prestigious Steinway masterclass.

Being in front of a wonderful grand piano, I got immersed in the sound. Charles is amazing at opening up my mind to the colours in the music…the emotions and the feelings… I feel like I’m playing a completely different piece

Risako - 2nd year Law

The masterclass allowed the selected students to receive feedback from Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Steinway ambassador, Charles Owen. It also included a private tour of Steinway Hall in London, which was opened in 1875 as the first Steinway Hall in Europe.  The students were selected through an audition process with the pieces that they wished to play for Charles Owen, as well as the opportunity to play for the small audience which included Sir Thomas Allen, Durham’s outgoing Chancellor. 

“One of the great things about what’s happening at Durham is all the pianos coming in means you’re going to have lots of different character pianos that don’t hide your’ technique. You can just become the musicians that you’re supposed to be which is just fantastic.” – Charles Owen

Durham will become an All-Steinway University in April, with 58 pianos being accessible across all colleges and the Music Department, cementing Durham’s commitment to music as the UK’s top ranked university in the subject, and the excellent talent and hard work of our student-led societies. Students that attended the masterclass, like Mary-Anne, noted how appreciated these new pianos are going to be in a University where there are so many great musicians who don’t necessarily study music.
We’re very excited for the pianos to arrive in April!

This marriage with Steinway is a perfect combination. The beauty of what’s about to happen is that I can guarantee to all of our students they’re going to have the best available tools.

Sir Thomas Allen - Chancellor