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Yamaha partnership hits the right note

TAUNTON School has entered into a music education partnership with the world’s largest music brand, Yamaha, to guarantee its students access to the highest quality instruments and musical experiences.

Nineteen new Yamaha upright and grand pianos have been installed following discussions with Yamaha to help upgrade the school’s existing piano fleet, a vital requirement in order to complement and support the high quality of teaching and ambitions of the school’s music department.

Taunton School is the latest educational institution to join the ‘Yamaha Partner in Music Education’ programme, designed to enhance the musical experiences of students and support the teaching of music in UK schools and colleges.

In addition to benefiting the Senior School music department, the pianos will be utilised by Taunton Prep School and International School, across a range of activities and musical disciplines.

The school’s Director of Music, Mark Cracknell, said: “It is essential that we have quality instruments in order to help raise musical standards, particularly in chamber music and solo performance.

“In essence, the new Yamaha pianos will transform what we do and help us to achieve this goal.

“Music plays a vital role in all areas of the school. The acquisition of these pianos and the newly-established partnership with Yamaha represents a huge step forward and will greatly enhance the musical life of Taunton School.”

Yamaha Music Institutional’s Business Development Manager, David Halford, said: “Taunton School is one of the leading Independent Schools in the West of England.

“The dynamic, ambitious and hugely energetic music department, achieves stunning results in performance and academic studies.

“It is very exciting that Taunton School, as a result of their investment in new Yamaha pianos throughout the school, have joined the ‘Yamaha Partner in Music Education Programme’.

“We look forward to supporting the school with a range of musical activities and promoting the hard work of the music department staff and students.”   

Yamaha enlisted the support of piano dealer Coach House Pianos, who advised on suitable models for different rooms and assisted with the disposal of existing pianos.

PICTURED: Tim Waller (Head of Performance and Keyboard Studies), Fiona Baker (Assistant Director of Music), David Halford (Institutional Business Development Manager - Yamaha Music Europe GmbH UK), Mark Cracknell (Director of Music). At the piano - Taunton School student Mickey Li.

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