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Bromley High has become the first all girls' school to gain prestigious Steinway accreditation for its piano classes

PUBLISHED: 17:21 11 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:21 11 July 2017

Bromley High School students met with Joanna MacGregor as it gained Steinway accreditation

Bromley High School students met with Joanna MacGregor as it gained Steinway accreditation

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The accreditation is only granted to schools with top-of-the-range equipment

An independent school is leading the way for its student’s musical education as it gains Steinway accreditation.

Bromley High School is the first all girls’ school to gain the accreditation, which is only granted to schools which solely provide Steinway pianos to play and rehearse on in all practice and performance spaces.

“Our educational philosophy values the creative arts very highly,” said Angela Drew, headmistress of the Bickley school.

“We have demonstrated our commitment to the arts not only by investing in these beautiful instruments but in additional staffing to enable the Bromley High Music department to enhance the musical opportunities available to pupils in local primary schools.”

As part of the accreditation, students from the school met with concert pianist and Steinway artist Joanna MacGregor, who was called “inspirational” by Bromley High’s director of music, Caroline Daniel.

Ms Daniel said: “We all came away from the experience wanting to up our practice and aim higher. It was such a privilege to hear her play and discuss the different tone qualities of these beautiful instruments.

“It is incredibly exciting to become the first all girls’ school to gain the Steinway accreditation and very much look forward to not only our girls embarking on a first class musical journey, but ensuring that other local young musicians can benefit from this”.

Music student Amelia Mallors said: “The trip to Steinway was incredible and inspiring, meeting the Mrs MacGregor, the head of keyboard from the Royal Academy of Music, was such an inspiration because she worked and practised so hard to be the amazing pianist that she is.

“Choosing and playing the Steinway pianos was an unforgettable experience and having these pianos at school will really enhance everyone’s playing.”

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