North Yorkshire’s First All Steinway School

- 6 April 2020 -

The Mount School York recently took delivery of ten new pianos, making them an all Seinway school. The students and staff had selected the instruments earlier in the year at Steinway Hall in London.

The Mount and Steinway

This exciting partnership between The Mount and Steinway and Sons gives Mount girls daily access to the highest quality pianos. They can now practice, compose, perform and realise their artistic talents on world-class quality instruments. The Mount is now the first all-girls’ school in the North of England to receive the internationally recognised designation as an all Steinway school. Only twenty schools in the UK currently have this accreditation, along with three conservatories and six universities.

Rachel Derbyshire, The Mount’s Head of Music, said, “We are delighted with the opportunities this investment creates for our girls. Not only will they play on the highest quality instruments, but they can look forward to working with visiting Steinway artists in addition to our wonderful specialist peripatetic teaching staff. I am proud of how our all Steinway status reinforces our belief in the importance of creativity in girls’ education.”

The school’s music scholars from Year 6 to College II (Upper Sixth Form) gave a special recital to unveil the new pianos. The performance culminated in a unique ensemble using all ten pianos, before the pianos were moved to their permanent homes within the school.

The Mount School students and music teacher in their all Steinway schoolPictured: Mount girls are delighted with the new Steinway pianos

Berlin in Year 8 said, “It felt great to play in the recital. The pianos were so smooth and really projected the sound. Going to Steinway Hall was a good experience. We got to see their showroom for the first time and choose the pianos for the school. We learned about how their pianos are made, which was very interesting. It takes three years to remove all of the moisture from the wood which they use for the soundboard of each piano.”

Florence in Year 6 said, “There were no tops on the pianos for the recital. So, from where I sat I could see the back of the keys working, and that was really interesting. I really loved playing in the recital, even though I was nervous.”

“It was quite scary to perform in the recital but it felt amazing. The pianos are great, the pedals are so soft. Watching all ten pianos being played at once, the sound was fantastic. It sounded beautiful,” said Kyra in Year 6 who played a piece by Chopin.

As part of the all Steinway school status, girls at The Mount will also enjoy future masterclasses with Steinway artists. They’ll also have opportunities to perform in the recital space at Steinway Hall.

Families who are interested in learning more about The Mount’s all Steinway status are welcome to visit the school’s open mornings. You can find more information about up-coming open days on our events page.

Learn more about The Mount School here.