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Following several comments by performers that the festival deserved a better piano, an appeal was launched in 2011. To kickstart the appeal concert goers were given the opportunity to sponsor a note on the new piano and £1,500 was raised in this way.

Two very successful musical evenings followed at the Maenan Abbey Hotel, with musical items provided by prominent Welsh musicians, including Dafydd Huw, Catherine Barnett, Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Sian Gibson, John Eifion and Annette Bryn Parri, who all gave their services free, to further the cause.
A steady flow of cheques from generous well wishers also helped to swell the coffers, some of which were for substantial amounts.
The result of all of this activity was that by the second of the evenings at Maenan Abbey in March 2012, approximately £9,000 had been raised. Out of the blue, that evening, a guest came forward offering money from a fund of which he was a trustee and a loan on very generous terms, which meant the purchase of the piano could proceed.
Having taken wide advice, it was decided that a 7' Kawai Grand was the ideal piano for our needs. A deal was brokered by Stuart Jones Pianos of Newtown with Kawai Pianos to secure the piano at a very competitive price and Iwan Llewelyn-Jones, the internationally acclaimed concert pianist, made the trip to the firms warehouse in Milton Keynes to select a piano on our behalf.
The piano was in place for the 2012 festival and was hailed a great success by all those who played it.
It was fitting, however, that it was Iwan who gave the first full piano rectial on the new instrument in a concert at the end of September. His demonstration of the instrument's capabilities was rapturously received by the large audience that were gathered.
You might like to know that our old piano - a Mighty Challen grand - which was built for the BBC studios in Liverpool, has found a new home at Holy Trinity, Llanududno and is continuing to give good service there!.