Nine-hour music marathon raises hundreds to restore Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum’s ageing grand piano

Loc-Mai Yuen-Brooker at the piano at Octavia Hill in Wisbech.

Loc-Mai Yuen-Brooker at the piano at Octavia Hill in Wisbech.

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A nine-hour music marathon raised £585 to restore or replace the current grand piano at Octavia Hill Birthplace Museum in Wisbech. Held at the home

Held at the home of the National Trust co-founder, the marathon on Saturday November 4 attracted over 150 people, with more than 60 of them being performers.

The total amount raised was £585 however it’s expected to top £600 when all of the sponsorship money comes in.

An Octavia Hill spokesman said: “Members of the audience enjoyed a varied programme ranging from pop to classical and from jazz to folk and the participants included a choir, a recorder consort, a flautist, piano students and solo singers, as well as two guitarists representing distinctive traditions – the classical and the world of popular hit songs.”

Loc-Mai Yuen-Brooker, pianist and organiser said: “I was absolutely thrilled that the performers were all really happy to share their music and I was very pleased that the audience was so warm and extremely enthusiastic.”

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