A piano for Music at Stow!

by MUSIC AT STOW in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Total raised £4,838

Gift Aid
+ est. £993.25
£25,000 target 24 days left
19% 62 supporters
Keep what you raise – this project will receive all pledges made by 13th June 2024 at 10:21am

To attract the best musicians to Stow-on-the-Wold, we would love to buy a concert-quality grand piano for our Festival and one-off concerts.

Project by MUSIC AT STOW

The Music at Stow Piano Fund


Who we are

Local musical charity Music at Stow was founded in 2014 and aims to bring big musical names to our small town in the Cotswolds, both for our five-day Festival each September and for one-off concerts throughout the year. We are a small charity, run by a team of committed volunteers. Our exciting mix of different musical genres has something for everyone, including the many visitors to the Cotswolds from all over the world. This year, we hope you will support our Piano Fund, to provide a high-quality grand piano for our concerts.

The Piano

In order to attract world-class piano soloists to perform at our concerts, we now feel that the well-loved and much-travelled 120-year-old piano we use needs urgent replacement, to match the calibre of the performers we would like to attract to our community. The current piano was donated to St Edward's Church in 1993 and needs replacement.


You can help us buy a suitable grand piano, like a Yamaha grand or even a Steinway, second-hand but high-quality. This will enhance our audience’s musical experience for many years to come. It will live in St Edward's Church in Stow-on-the-Wold and be used for our Festival, as well as for the extra concerts we and the Church will stage in the future. It will also help us deliver some of our growing educational goals for the benefit of young people in the area.

Some comments

Well-known concert pianist and composer Marcel Zidani says "As a musician who has experienced the magic of performing at St Edward’s Church, I wholeheartedly endorse the campaign for a new piano. I'm proud to stand with Music at Stow in their endeavour to enrich the local community with a new piano. The gift of music knows no bounds, and neither should the instruments that bring it to life."

Music at Stow's President, world-renowned classical guitarist Craig Ogden, agrees. "A top class piano would enable Music at Stow to bring world-class performers and a vast range of ensembles to their superb festival!"  

Composer and pianist Michael Omer, the current chair of Music at Stow, is also wholeheartedly behind this fundraising campaign: “Our wonderful regular audience have come to expect a high level of musical performance at our concerts, and it is only right that we provide an instrument to match the exceptionally high standard of our visiting artists.

Pianist Nicholas Ashton, director of music at St Edward's Church in Stow-on-the-Wold, says 'A top quality piano would take the provision of music in the town in a new and exciting direction. Through the generosity of Music at Stow, which will allow the church to use the piano for even more concerts and events, more people will be attracted to this lovely medieval church with its wonderful natural acoustic'.

The Music at Stow Piano Fund is dedicated to the memory of the late Brian Honess, who founded Music at Stow, and the late Lady Wilson, who was one of our Joint Presidents.

Will you help Music at Stow buy a piano? 


Please donate now and pass this on to your family and friends. You can help by sharing the link too, by Facebook, X (Twitter) or Instagram. Everyone who loves music can be part of our crowd! Thank you!

And, by the way, there are plenty of great rewards!

P.S. After you've made your pledge, find out more about us at www.musicatstow.co.uk.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

The Silver Friends Reward

Thank you! You become a Silver Friend of Music at Stow, entitled to: an invitation for two to our exclusive Drinks Reception in September; Priority Booking 4 weeks before General Booking; acknowledgement in your complimentary copy of our Festival Programme; a 10% discount on two top-price tickets to the recital by Emma Johnson on Friday 13th September or the Three Degrees concert on Saturday 14th September; AND a limited-edition tote bag.

£20 or more

Our thanks to you!

Thank you! With your pledge of at least £20, your generosity will be acknowledged in your complimentary copy of our Festival Programme, giving you the satisfaction of having played your part in bringing great music to Stow.

£40 or more

Thank you! It's in the bag!

Thank you! We will be delighted to acknowledge your generous donation in your complimentary copy of our Festival Programme AND to offer you our limited-edition tote/shopping bag, recognising your generosity.

£60 or more

The Bronze Friends Reward

Thank you! If not already a Friend of Music at Stow, your £60+ pledge makes you a Bronze Friend, entitled to: Priority Booking two weeks before General Booking opens; an invitation for you and a friend to our exclusive Drinks Reception in September; acknowledgement of your donation in your complimentary copy of our Festival Programme; one of our limited-edition tote/shopping bags, recognising your generosity.

£300 or more

Join our VIP Gold Friends Club

Thank you! As a member of our exclusive VIP Gold Friends’ Club, you will be entitled to: Priority Booking 6 weeks before General Booking; a VIP invitation for two to our exclusive Drinks Reception in September; acknowledgement in your free copy of our Festival Programme; a 25% discount on 2 top-price tickets to the recital by Emma Johnson on 13 September or the concert by The Three Degrees on 14 September; one of our limited-edition tote bags.

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