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News from Peregrine's Pianos

Schimmel Worldwide Dealers' Meeting 2017

Schimmel Worldwide Dealers' Meeting 2017

We were again in Braunschweig for a special Dealers' Meeting - billed as the forum for the introduction of new models and also to explain the new strategic alliance between Schimmel and Pearl River. A full report is in our documents section. (6th April 2017)

John Lill performs Beethoven's stormy Piano Concerto

John Lill performs Beethoven's stormy Piano Concerto

Concert pianist John Lill, President of the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, performed Beethoven's stormy Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor on a Schimmel K280 supplied by Peregrine's Pianos on Saturday. (6th February 2017)

Stephen Campbell paints Peregrine's Pianos

Artist Stephen Campbell Commission

We commissioned Stephen Campbell (b 1985) - one of the new wave of exciting new artists currently working in Manchester - to paint our shop. Stephen painted "en plein aire" on Grays Inn Road and created considerable interest in the process! As with many of his paintings, a new (distorted) perspective gives a fresh feel to our building. (4th February 2017)

Derek Clark playing new August Förster 215

Scottish Opera invests in an August Förster Grand Piano

The pianos in Scottish Opera's busy Glasgow production studios have to work hard, they are used for everything from Mozart to MacMillan!  When the instrument in the largest studio came to the end of its life, Music Director Stuart Stratford, Head of Music Derek Clark and Repetiteur Susannah Wapshott, selected a 215 August Förster Grand Piano from us.  Pictured is Derek Clark putting the instrument through its paces. (8th November 2016)

Kenny Chen and Dawn Elizabeth Howells

Hong Kong Philharmonic Auditions at Peregrine's Pianos

Auditions for new players were held in June this year in Hong Kong, New York and in London - at Peregrine’s Pianos; the second round auditions were held in Hong Kong. Dawn has very much enjoyed hearing their "Three Glorious Romantics" programme today in the Hong Kong City Hall and is pictured here with the director of Orchestral Operations, Kenny Chen. (4th November 2016)

  Visit to Dresden and August Förster Pianos

First-hand Appreciation for Our Customers

On the 25th and 26th October, Peregrine's Pianos took a group of customers to the August Förster Piano Factory, and to see some of the music cultural background in Dresden.  "Absolutely Stunning" "Unbelievable Skills" "Amazing Experience" were some of the observations from the group.   (31st October 2016)

Alexander Panfilov with Maidstone Symphony Orchestra

Alexander Panfilov: "exciting and convincing"

Russian pianist, Alexander Panfilov, gave an "exciting and convincing" performance of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto on a Schimmel Konzert grand piano supplied by Peregrine's Pianos on Saturday. The reviewer also praised the "enthusiasm of Maidstone Symphony Orchestra who seemed to have retained all the warmth and joy of the summer, in an evening full of romantic extravagance." Congratulations from us! (17th October 2016)

Peregrine's Pianos celebrating six years of trading

Now we are Six

Peregrine's Pianos celebrated six years of trading with a staff party joined by the Schimmel Pianos sales team yesterday. Recently, our music rooms have been very busy and numerous pianos have been sold to customers throughout the UK. Naturally, our staff presented vocal and instrumental music performances before we made our way to Kings Cross for a celebration dinner! (28th September 2016)

Cosel Palais Dresden

Visit to Dresden and August Förster Pianos Announced

The August Förster factory is one of the oldest established piano factories in the world and it thrives in a corner of Saxony steeped in rich musical traditions. Peregrine’s Pianos is pleased to announce a two day visit (25th and 26th October 2016) for customers interested in learning more about this remarkable company and its culture. Full details available. (4th July 2016)

Schimmel Factory Visit 2016

Schimmel Factory Visit - April 2016

The fourth visit to the Schimmel Piano factory organised by Peregrine's Pianos was a great success on 21st April 2016. It was attended by some twenty guests and filmed by a professional TV crew. The full video detailing the events of the day can be seen online here and interviews and demonstrations are also available on our YouTube channel. (3rd May 2016)

Schimmel Pianos on The Voice 2016 - BBC

Schimmel Pianos on The Voice 2016 - BBC

The Voice, now its fifth series, continues to attract substantial numbers of viewers and we at Peregrine's Pianos are great fans! We supplied a Schimmel 169cm grand again and have received compliments both at how it sounds and how it looks. (23rd March 2016)

Martin James Bartlett playing Schimmel

Martin James Bartlett plays Schimmel 280 Konzert

BBC Young Musician 2014 winner, Martin James Bartlett, played Mozart Piano Concerto no.12 K414 on a Schimmel 280 Konzert grand supplied by us last weekend. Conductor of the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra, Brian Wright, commented “the piano sounds lovely and mellow, perfect for Mozart.” (8th February 2016)

Trio Elegiaco in Rhinegold LIVE

Trio Elegiaco give sensational Performance

Rhinegold LIVE was a packed house on Monday; it featured Trio Elegiaco in a sensational performance of Tchaikovsky's A minor Piano Trio. Pianist John Paul Ekins described the Schimmel Konzert grand piano supplied by Peregrine's Pianos as "stunning" and said that it "produced a wonderfully dulcet tone and afforded me so many colours and textural options." (9th December 2015)

In the August Förster Factory

Peregrine's Pianos visit to the August Förster Factory

Early on a cold Autumn morning, before the real cold weather arrived in Central Europe, we embarked on our trip to Löbau to see the August Förster piano factory. Our party of six included Peregrine’s Pianos staff, including a tuner and technician, and a guest dealer. Administrator Andrew Greenwood related the experience in Love, Pride and Passion. (7th November 2015)

BBC Young Musician of The Year 2016

BBC Young Musician of The Year 2016

Busy times at Peregrine's Pianos with many talented young pianists coming here for their auditions. BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 is going to be something special and we are proud to be a part of it. (12th October 2015)

Piano Delivery

A Journey to Remember

Our piano delivery team arrived from Germany today. They were 24 hours late due to strikes and problems at Calais where they waited for many hours at the docks. The pianos arrived safely and will be delivered on time to our customers tomorrow! (24th June 2015)

Jennifer Pike

Rhinegold LIVE Features Jennifer Pike

Violinist Jennifer Pike, the youngest ever winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, gave an outstanding performance to a packed Conway Hall in the latest Rhinegold LIVE series. Peter Limonov played a Schimmel Konzert grand piano supplied by Peregrine's Pianos and the varied programme included Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending and works by Kreisler and Rózsa. (11th June 2015)

Alexandra Dariescu with Schimmel K280

Alexandra Dariescu and the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra

A Schimmel 280 Konzert grand piano supplied by Peregrine's Pianos was well appreciated last night by the highly acclaimed Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu. She performed the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto with the Maidstone Symphony Orchestra and it was clear that the audience found it both inspired and exciting. We took this picture after Alexandra had rehearsed on the instrument. (17th May 2015)

Carolyn Sampson

Carolyn Sampson launched her Disc ‘Fleurs’

British operatic soprano Carolyn Sampson with pianist Joseph Middleton gave a 'stunning performance' last night in a programme of songs inspired by flowers. This was a RhinegoldLIVE performance in the Conway Hall using a Schimmel Konzert grand piano provided by us. (30th April 2015)

August Förster Best Dealer Presentation

August Förster Pianos Promotion Event

Annekatrin Förster, the Director and fifth generation of August Förster Pianos, made her first visit to London last week. She was invited by Peregrine’s Pianos and was the special guest at the August Förster Pianos Promotion Event we held on Saturday. Peregrine's Pianos were presented with a certificate for one of the five best dealers worldwide in 2014 (27th April 2015)

The Voice UK 2015

The Voice UK 2015 - BBC

Peregrine's Pianos are proud again to have supplied the Schimmel 169cm grand piano seen in the working sessions of the Live Quarter Finals screened on Saturday. We are so pleased that the team like Schimmel pianos - and we love The Voice! (28th March 2015)

The team at Music Expo 2015

Music Education Expo 2015

Peregrine's Pianos exhibited a comprehensive selection of grand and upright Schimmel pianos at the third Music Education Expo, held again at the Barbican Exhibition Hall. The two busy days were enormously successful and generated a very positive response. A video telling the story can be seen on our YouTube channel. (18th March 2015)

Mary Bevan

Mary Bevan Outstanding Recital

Mary Bevan - one of Britain's leading emerging artists, joined with pianist Richard Peirson in presenting "Stages Of Love" on Monday. This latest RhinegoldLIVE performance in the Conway Hall and using our Schimmel Konzert grand piano was a huge success - described as gorgeous, outstanding and wonderful. (13th November 2014)

Factory Visit 2014

Schimmel Factory Visit 2014

Peregrine's Pianos took a large group of pianists, piano technicians and media experts to the Schimmel factory in Braunschweig. A full report was written by our guest Melanie Spanswick. (6th October 2014)

Charles Owen

"Sheer technical wizardry" by Charles Owen

Charles Owen played Mendelssohn, Bach, Debussy and Muhly at the RhinegoldLIVE performance at the Conway Hall on Tuesday. Owen's appreciation of our Schimmel Konzert grand was unequivocal, and critics described the performance as an "impressive recital" displaying "sheer technical wizardry." (11th September 2014)

August Förster Arrives

New August Förster Grand Piano Installed Room 3

Bringing a new August Förster 215cm Concert piano from the factory in Germany and installing it in our largest studio - Room 3 - was not the easiest of tasks. We do know however that our customers will appreciate this unique and very special instrument that Dawn selected. (20th June 2014)

Andrew Litton

Andrew Litton 'blows the roof off the Conway Hall'!

The second RhinegoldLIVE performance was a huge success last night: Andrew Litton, playing piano transcriptions of Oscar Peterson at London's Conway Hall, was greatly admired. We are pleased to report that our Schimmel Konzert grand was also appreciated! (3rd June 2014)

The Voice 2014

The Voice UK 2014 - BBC

Peregrine's Pianos supplied the Schimmel Konzert grand piano used for all the working sessions filmed on Saturday's Live Quarter Finals. What a joy to watch these singers, and see them progress through the rounds! (24th March 2014)

Julian and Jiaxin Lloyd Webber

Peregrine’s Pianos - Supplies Schimmel Grand Piano for New Concert Series

A new series of concerts organised by Rhinegold Publishing and presenting world-renowned performers starts on 3rd April in Conway Hall, London WC1, with a performance by Julian & Jiaxin Lloyd Webber, and Pam Chowhan. Peregrine's Pianos is providing a Schimmel Konzert Grand for the Series. (27th February 2014)

Music Education Expo 2014

Peregrine's Pianos at Music Education Expo

Music Education Expo returned for the second year to the Barbican on 7th and 8th February and was attended by several thousand visitors. Peregrine's Pianos had a wide-ranging display of Schimmel grand and upright pianos which created a considerable amount of interest. (10th February 2014)

Schimmel at Christmas

Christmas Event Hire 2013

What a lovely time of year! Peregrine's Pianos has been busy sending out pianos to festive events all over London. This Schimmel upright piano was just the thing yesterday for 'carols around the Christmas tree.' (12th December 2013)

Bloomsbury Festival Performance

Bloomsbury Festival 2013

The Festival this year sees John-Paul Muir, Jessica Zhu, Kristiina Rokaševitš, Jason Bae and the team of "Story of a Night Pianist" performing on our Schimmel Grand Piano at the Dairy Arts Centre. Also a unique performance of Giulio Cesare for which we have provided a harpsichord. For the Festival weekend we put a Street Piano in Russell Square - for spontaneous Music Making! (18th October 2013)

The Voice UK 2013

The Voice UK 2013 - BBC

A Schimmel Konzert series grand piano has been supplied by Peregrine's Pianos for "The Voice UK 2013" live audition rounds. We love having done our part in such an inspiring show! (15th June 2013)

Factory Visit 2013

Schimmel Factory Visit 2013

We have had some positive comments following the Schimmel Piano Factory visit yesterday; 'What a fantastic day' - 'The mini recital was very nice indeed' - 'It was both interesting and enlightening' - 'I was delighted and enthralled' - 'It was a great privilege and pleasure.' Included in the visit were introductions to senior staff at Schimmel pianos, talks about the history and development of the company and a comprehensive tour taking in all parts of the factory. Before a meal in the old town Dawn gave a mini recital on the K280 grand piano. (25th April 2013)

Schimmel Dealers Meeting

Schimmel Pianos Worldwide Dealers' Meeting

Dawn and Lucy were in Braunschweig 13th to 15th April for the exciting launch of a whole new range of Schimmel grand and upright pianos. At the formal Gala Dinner Lucy took centre stage with Vladimir Zaslavsky from the New York, USA dealership to sing the classic "Autumn Leaves." Read the full story. (18th April 2013)

Music Education Expo 2013

Two Busy Days at Music Education Expo

Peregrine's Pianos was very pleased to be involved in Music Education Expo - the UK's largest exhibition and conference for music teachers. We displayed a selection of grand, upright and school equipped pianos at the Barbican and our team was joined by representatives from Schimmel Pianos. A busy and exciting experience! (22nd March 2013)

Bloomsbury Festival 2012

Bloomsbury Festival 2012

"London piano dealer Peregrine’s Pianos has supplied five ‘Fantastical Pianos’ which are to be hidden around Bloomsbury for the Bloomsbury Festival, running 20-21 October in London. The five upright pianos have been donated to the festival by Peregrine’s before being decorated by artists group The Collectors. The pianos will be hidden in public locations around Bloomsbury over the coming weekend."  Alex Stevens, News from Rhinegold Publishing (18th October 2012)

The Voice UK 2012

The Voice UK 2012 - BBC

Peregrine's Pianos supplied a Schimmel K169 grand piano for the live audition rounds "The Voice UK 2012" - we also hired small white and black grand pianos for the earlier "battle rounds" in the series. (1st July 2012)

Toyo grand piano

We make a Dream come true!

We now have numerous grand and upright pianos out on long term domestic hire. "Owning a grand piano was a long held dream. Peregrine's Pianos were able to make it a reality by offering us a lovely Toyo grand piano (pictured) on long term hire. It has proved just perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Even though we live well out of London we have had a friendly service and it is good to know that we have the option to buy the piano at any time" James Bates, Colchester. (21st June 2012)

Schimmel Piano Factory

Visit to the Schimmel Piano Factory 2012

We took a group of prospective purchasers, piano technicians and press representatives to the Schimmel Piano factory yesterday. The one day visit, which involved an early start from Heathrow and a coach transfer from Hannover to Braunschweig, met with unanimous approval. "The Schimmel presentation and tour of the workshop was absolutely fascinating and truly inspirational. Thank you so much for organising the day and for being such lovely hosts." Janet Obi-Keller, Head of Music, The City Lit (25th February 2012)

BBC Young Musician of The Year

BBC Young Musician of The Year

Peregrine's Pianos has seen a good deal of activity this week; the BBC chose our music rooms to listen to pianists competing in the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012 and we just want all those young people coming and going to do well.  See the competition news here. (7th October 2011)

A piano arrives

Classical Music Magazine Features Peregrine's Pianos

Quote from the two page story; "Peregrine's Pianos opened its soundproofed doors last September, making a bold visual statement on one crossroads corner and creating a surprisingly peaceful central London haven for musicians in need of practice space." (26th February 2011)

London's new piano shop takes shape

London's New Piano Shop

Belsize Music Rooms, which opened in 1997, was closed last month and the owners are now refurbishing new premises on Grays Inn Road, central London. The new business, called Peregrine's Pianos and due to open in September 2010, will offer three music rehearsal rooms and a substantial showroom to display high quality grand and upright pianos. (20th August 2010)