Our appeals

Piano Appeal

Make a thoughtful and unique gift in honour or in memory of a loved one or artist you admire

The Barbican is here to inspire people to discover and love the arts and create an ambitious international programme.  We ensure our repertoire of artists and companies are international, world-class and emerging. In uncertain times the Barbican is responsible for raising and earning more of its own income each year; this is why we reach out to you, our audience as those closest to us.

Piano appeal

piano tuning at the barbican centre

Watch: Piano tuning

Enjoy a video of one of our piano tuners, Nigel, as he prepares one of our grand pianos for an evening's performance...

When did you last lose yourself in a recital from a world-class pianist at the Barbican? The last time music transported you to somewhere else. We’re always delighted when you tell us the Barbican has given you such memories.

Our Piano Appeal is supported by a growing group of music enthusiasts whose generous contributions ensure that the Barbican can remain a home for outstanding pianists.

Attracting world-class talent that challenges and delights our audiences means we must offer an unbeatable experience to the artists we work with; this includes world-class instruments and the accompanying technical support. All this comes with a price; this is why we have the Piano appeal.

Please join our appeal with a suggested gift of £2000. All supporters are invited to select a name and a key of their choice*. It could be your own name, that of a loved one or in honour of a favourite pianist. Who will you choose?

Your donation will go a long way. Whether it’s programming the very best pianists, replacing a tired Steinway Grand or an aging piano lift; without your kind donations to help maintain these vital elements behind the scenes, promising tomorrow’s most exciting artists a platform to develop and inspire you would be much harder.

*subject to availability

Get in touch to find out more:

Valentina Torresan
Individual Giving Marketing Manager
020 7382 6201



Piano Appeal gift form

‘The Steinway piano is the most harmonious implement for musical intention. It completes what is beautiful and artistic.‘
Yefim Bronfman, pianist
‘[The Barbican] is now one of the best programmed of all multi-disciplinary arts centres in the world, and its theatre and dance programmes are indispensable in bringing world artists to London.‘
Mark Shenton, The Stage