Pictured: L-R Jade Thomas and Natasha House from intu Uxbridge, student Rhys Shirley, and Ray Griffin, Acting Section Manager for Performing Arts and Music.
The baby grand piano that’s been playing at intu Uxbridge for the last four years was delivered to Uxbridge College's Hayes Campus, where it will help to create the musicians of the future.
The shopping centre has donated the beautiful black Bentley piano for free, after it invited local organisations, schools and community groups to come forward if they were interested in giving it a new home.
Uxbridge College was chosen as the recipient after it told intu Uxbridge of the difference it would make to its students.
intu Uxbridge general manager Laurie Taylor said: “We are delighted that the baby grand piano will continue to make the people of Uxbridge smile. We chose Uxbridge College as the recipient, as we know that it will be very loved and well used by students. We liked the idea that it could play a part in nurturing the musicians of the future, too!”
The shopping centre has donated the piano to the community to make way for new and exciting experiences for its shoppers in the months and years to come.
Ray Griffin, Acting Section Manager for Performing Arts and Music at Uxbridge College, said: “We are very excited to receive the piano and promise to look after it well. Our students cannot wait to start practising on it. We are very grateful to intu Uxbridge for this generous donation – it is truly proof that community spirit is still alive and kicking in Uxbridge.”
The piano will be located outside the Edge Theatre box office at Uxbridge College’s Hayes Campus, and will mainly be used by Music and Performing Arts students including on Open Days and show nights.
A small plaque will be put on the beautiful piece of equipment, highlighting that it was donated by intu Uxbridge.