Coventry’s unique performing ensemble
Bechstein piano project
Our current major project to achieve the restoration of the 1878 Bechstein grand piano in St John the Baptist Church, Coventry, is approaching its concluding phase. Following a number of events created to generate funding, the restoration at Courtney Pianos, Oxford is well under way as you can see from the pictures here. The piano is due to come back in June and we have a celebration concert planned for June 23, which will be a recital by Varvara Maggs followed by wine in the hall, German of course, donated by the German Wine Association. We hope that the piano will be an exciting addition to Coventry’s heritage and culture and be the focus for many performances in this beautiful church, including some City of Culture events.
Here’s the bodywork under repair in the workshop.
UMCM – Providing performance experience for musical learners
Formed in 2012, UMCM is a Coventry based charitable trust that organizes concerts for musical and artistic learners. We give our members opportunities to perform as soloists and in small ensembles, including alongside more experienced musicians and professionals.
Our family friendly programme, from classical concerts to cabaret, is educative and fun. A typical UMCM concert is a blend of music, dance and words. A wide range of music is covered: medieval, classical, musical theatre, folk, contemporary, and original music. Being part of one of our events is to experience the diversity of the musical and artistic world.
Our expanding collective of singers, dancers, flautists, pianists, guitarists, writers, actors and choirs all contribute to our performing community.