Gordon introduced the Festival to Kawai, and as a result, Kawai has been the principal sponsor of the June festival for a number of years. Gordon arranges for his team to deliver, tune and collect the 7 or so pianos required during the festival week. This includes not only the provision of upright and grand instruments available locally but also the provision of the fantastic top of the range Shigeru Grand piano that Kawai makes available for the Piano Section and for the Closing Finale. The Festival is enormously grateful for this generous sponsorship and to Gordon for making it happen. (Mention here long drive to fetch the piano??)
Throughout the year, Gordon Bell Pianos sponsors NE Performing Arts by: - providing pianos for Community Concerts held at Mannofield Church. - providing and maintaining pianos in the Library and Workshop/Rehearsal room at the Festival Headquarters at Hill of Rubislaw. This generous contribution means that practice/rehearsal facilities can be made available to all, free of charge.
Gordon frequently facilitates the smooth running of events in a variety of other ways. For example, his team have assisted with the transport of a suite of percussions instruments to enable young performers to take part in a concert.
Most recently, Gordon heard of a young pianist unable to take part in the 2020 online festival, due to lack of a suitable instrument during lockdown. He generously allowed access to his showroom so that the youngster could video her performance and enter. She performed very well, and was the first recipient of the Kawai Trophy.
NE Performing Arts is extremely thankful to Gordon and hope that they will continue to find ways to work together to promote and support musical performance in the Aberdeen.
Dear Mr Bell,
I have recently been awarded a scholarship from NESMS, towards my piano lessons with Joseph Long.
I gather I have Gordon Bell Pianos to thank for this award. I greatly enjoy my lessons with Mr Long, and will work hard to make the most of these scholarship lessons.
Thank You very much!
On behalf of the Management Council, Staff, Volunteers and especially the Apprentices may I thank you for your generous donation of one of your piano’s for the day. As you observed the day was very successful and from the feedback of everyone including our customers it certainly brightened up a rather wet day. Everyone around Rosemount Viaduct have been very supportive of – the bread maker – and we hope that we have been an added asset in raising the profile of the Rosemount Viaduct.
We look forward to welcoming you in – the bread maker – during the Christmas season.
Donald Anderson, General Manager, “the bread maker”
I had to rush off the Monday you delivered the piano as you know and so didn’t have the time to appreciate the work you had undertaken. I wanted to let your know how pleased I am with the final result. The piano looks and sounds like better than ever. I’am glad I decided to have the work done and really pleased I found you. You are a real professional and a pleasure to deal with. I am looking forward to re-starting my piano playing and of course have a great incentive to do so.
Thanks again Gordon,
Very best regards,
This is a very belated thanks to you for all your work regarding the transporting of the University’s Chamber Organ for our recent Charity Concert. We hugely appreciated your commitment to do this without charge, and the small line in the Programme Acknowledgements was barely adequate to express our thanks for what you did for us.
Many, many thanks and all best wishes
Elspeth Mogendorff, Queen’s Cross Charity Concerts
Thanks so much for driving all the way to Finzean to honour our arrangement to tune my piano. Under normal circumstances this would not be worth of note, however we are under one and a half feet of snow and most of Aberdeenshire seems to have shut down.
You left your scarf, so your neck must be cold and thus I have enclosed it here.
Just a quick note to say thanks for all your help in getting the Piano to Montrose last week- you were an absolute star and the show couldn’t have gone ahead without you!
Music Department, BBC Radio Scotland
Just wanted to say thank you so much for the effcient delivery of the piano for our event on Saturday. Everything went superb and the piano sounded great.
Many thanks once again.
Mearns & Gill
Dear Gordon and Gavin
On behalf of both Prime and our client, I would like to offer you a sincere thank you for the provision of the grand piano at this years Wood Group Dinner Dance.
The piano acted as a tremendous centre piece throughout the meal and added a grunuine touch of class to the evening.
Thanks again, we look forward to working with you again in the future.
Carol Fowler ( Prime Events )
Just trying to tune my Yamaha (medium) Grand, and looking at your work ‘under the bonnet’ it reminded me of the time you found it for us – about 15 or more years ago? The lady from America sold it to me, rather than take it back to the USA with her. It had been much moved around the music circuit – New York, if memory serves. You replaced the hammer board, and all the bass strings. Super work. It took you about 30 seconds to dismantle it when we arrived at the seller’s house – much to her surprise.
I wish we were nearer to Aberdeen now – so that you could tune it properly for me. Holland is a bit far!
Glad to see that your business is flourishing. There was never any doubt that it would, given your enthusiasm for pianos.
(formerly: 44 Loirston Manor, Cove Bay)