The future of Jersey Opera House’s Steinway piano has been safeguarded thanks to a donation from a local charitable foundation.
The De Lancey and De La Hanty Foundation, which supports and offers funding to the fields of medicine, law, education and culture, has granted Jersey Opera House a total of £10,175.00 to refurbish its piano.
The Steinway became one of the theatre’s prized assets after the refurbishment in 2000, when islanders generously collected money to purchase the second-hand piano. Its much-needed refurbishment can now be carried out with the funding from the De Lancey and De La Hanty Foundation.
Jersey Opera House Theatre Director Jasmine Hendry commented: “We are incredibly grateful to the Foundation for this grant which will allow us to commence the refurbishment process with immediate effect. The Steinway is so important to the theatre; it is in constant use by touring companies, venue hirers, the Eisteddfod and local amateur groups so this donation to cover the repairs will allow its use to continue.”
A spokesperson for the Foundation commented: “We sincerely hope the Steinway piano and its music will be enjoyed by the visitor of Jersey Opera House for many years to come”.