Children and teachers at Norbury School in central Harrow are delighted to be giving an old baby grand piano a brand new home. The piano which is now forty years old was originally purchased by volunteer fundraisers from the Harrow Baptist Church coffee morning group and donated to a sheltered scheme run by Harrow Churches Housing Association.
Over the years the piano has given elderly residents a great amount of joy and entertainment as well as the opportunity to participate in worship services. The piano’s last home, Paxfold House, recently began redevelopment and so a new home for the baby grand piano was sought. Music Coordinator, Ms Natalie Noonan-Smith at Norbury School gladly accepted the piano and hopes that the next generation will benefit. She says, ‘I think it’s really special and adds to the musical education of the children. We had an electric keyboard before, but now with the baby grand piano children will learn the difference, and we can use it for our assemblies and school concerts.’
Most of the members of Norbury School choir had not seen a baby grand piano before it arrived. They have started rehearsing with it for their Christmas songs, Myra age 10 said, ‘It looks quite elegant.’ Whilst 9 year old Cara added, ‘It sounds better!’ Jean Newby who is an ex-teacher at Norbury School is now one of the volunteer fundraisers and so is doubly pleased by this happy coincidence and says, ‘It’s lovely that this piano has been linked to so many community activities.’