Coventry’s unique performing ensemble
Bechstein comes home!
Our major project to achieve the restoration of the 1878 Bechstein grand piano in St John the Baptist Church, Coventry, has been successfully concluded! Courtney Pianos, Oxford delivered the fully restored instrument to St John’s on Wednesday 9th June. On hand were pianist Varvara Maggs, church staff including Father Dexter Bracey, UMCM’s Martin Griffiths. Varvara immediately spent some time at the piano. Martin commented afterwards: “I can’t imagine that Bechstein #10855 ever looked so good as it does now when it came out of the factory in Berlin 170 years ago and I can’t believe anyone has ever played it so wonderfully as Varvara this afternoon”.
All that remains is the concert and celebration. The concert is of course on Saturday 23 June, starting at 7.00. Please don’t be late! And if you haven’t got a ticket yet, please click our link to EventBrite below. The concert is followed by various short talks and German wine in the hall, generously donated by Phipps and the German Wine Association.
We are all so excited for future music at St John the Baptist, and we hope and believe 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.
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.