UCL Chamber Music Club



In 2020 we raised funds to replace the CMC practice room piano - and exceeded our target of £3,000! Any further donations will contribute to Club funds and will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Why replace the piano?

Part of our success relies on being able to provide excellent practice facilities and one of the key benefits of Club membership is our piano and practice room, which is in constant demand. 

The current practice piano (a Bösendorfer baby-grand, donated to the Club in 1987 in memory of two previous Chairs) has come to the end of its useful life: after over 90 years, during a third of which it has been in the service of the Club, it can no longer stay in tune, has a cracked sound board, and would require £8,000 to repair for just a few years’ further service.  

What are we replacing it with?

The Committee has considered various options, taking into account views expressed by members, and has decided to replace the baby-grand with a new upright piano (an acoustic Yamaha YUS3).

This will enable our practice room to be used for a greater variety of activities by providing more space for ensembles to rehearse, and will furnish members with a much-needed improved practice piano.  The new piano has an expected life-span of up to 50 years, so investment in a new piano is for the long-term good of the Club and its members.

How much will it cost?

The new piano will cost £9,000.

  • Yamaha offered us £1,000 in part-exchange for the Bösendorfer, the total cost to us will be £8,000.  
  • We were awarded a Friend’s Trust grant of £2,000.
  • We raised £4,033.15.
  • The remaining £1,966.85 will be taken from CMC funds.  

Many thanks!