The Piano Museum of Frank Holland


 

L'immagine può contenere: cielo e spazio all'aperto
L'immagine può contenere: spazio all'aperto
L'immagine può contenere: cielo e spazio all'aperto
L'immagine può contenere: cielo, nuvola e spazio all'aperto
L'immagine può contenere: cielo, notte e spazio all'aperto

Poor Frank Holland what would he have said!

How many times I visited as a student with Sidney Harrison to play concertos through on the numerous grand pianos that not only you could play but they also played themselves.

Saved from decay by Frank Holland who housed them in his garage until he found this deconsecrated church on the river in Brentford.They were his children that he jealously guarded.


Sidney Harrison was President of the piano museum and his wife,also Sydney,would often organise evenings to create funds for Liver Cancer research.


On one occasion we played Czerny Semiramide transcription for 16 pianists on 8 pianos in a reduced version though.
Sidney and me,Eric Harrison,Graham Johnson and Sidneys doctors` wife that very fine pianist Irene Kohler.
Sidney had picked up only half the scores not realising that they were the ones with the accompaniment only.The ones with the tune were left behind in the RAM library!
I got the orchestral score and filled them in with one finger much to the disgust of all concerned who just thought I should have played them before!


Like most churches this too has not been spared from conversion into luxury flats.
The piano museum has moved down the road a few hundred yards into an specially contructed edifice.
A long way from Franks leaky garage.

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