One year after the fundraising campaign began, the shiny new piano in Valberg Church is finally here.
It was not the NOK 150 000 fundraising that lasted for almost a year. It was the order itself that took a long time. The church decided early to not get a traditional black painted piano since it would dominate the room to much. Instead they ordered a mahogany red instrument to better match the colors of the church, which is somewhat uniwue and not normally available in stores. The piano were specially orderes from Japan, and have now found its way to Lofoten.
The piano will be in use from day one, but official inauguration will take place on Thursday 31 January in collaboration with the Lofoten International Chamber Music Festival. The program for the dedication is broadly composed by local musicians and choirs, but also the young Norwegian pianist Joachim Carr plays. He has participated in both the piano edition and the chamber edition, and has the same week recordings in Stamsund church.
The recording is in relation with Leif Ove Andsnes’s Concert at Buksnes Church on Sunday, January 26. Leif Ove rarely plays without the festival’s permanent “piano doctor” Thomas Hübsch from Berlin preparing the grand piano. He takes care of the grand piano in Stamsund during the recording. And of course: when such a capacity is in Lofoten, it also gives Valberg Church the opportunity to have the instrument ready and adjusted before the dedication.
We congratulate Valberg Church with a beautiful piano, and we love to continue with concerts in this beautiful and evocative church.