ACG Sunderland’s Parents and Friends committee have purchased the school a Kawai baby grand piano.
Music teacher Daniel O’Connor said that having such a first-class instrument was an excellent sign that music is valued at ACG Sunderland.
“It’s sort of like going from a Holden to a Lamborghini,” he said. “It’s wonderful to have a piano with such a warm tone. It’s very expressive and a pleasure to play.”
The piano is already being well used by staff and students for solo performances in assemblies, with classes and choirs with singing practise, and with the school’s classical and jazz ensembles.
ACG Sunderland’s Parents and Friends committee aims to support all areas of the school. Having recently purchased cricket equipment and donated to the school gym, they turned their attention to the arts, raising additional money for the piano through the school’s ten year anniversary events, including a silent art auction ‘Celebrating West Auckland Artists’.
“We are a small school, and have a real family atmosphere with an integration between parents, staff and pupils that is difficult to beat,” said Kate Hillier, a member of the committee. “It is that atmosphere that enables a number of passionate parents to support the school by providing those ‘little extra’ facilities that help support our pupils to achieve their very best.”