Auction to fund piano restoration at Haddo

An auction will be held tomorrow (Friday) night in a final push to raise the £33,000 needed to restore a Steinway piano at Haddo House.

The Grand Auction of Promises will take place in the Victoria Hall, Ellon, at 7.30pm.

Auctioneer for the evening will be BBC Scotland’s Mark Stephen and organisers say there will be some amazing lots which are not normally available to the public.

Haddo House Choral and Operatic Society (HHCOS) were given the Steinway Model C grand piano by the late June Gordon in 1980.

It is used for HHCOS’s performances in Haddo House Hall and by other groups, such as Haddo Children’s Theatre, for other musical productions and for weddings and other events in the hall.

The piano is now in need of considerable restoration to bring it back to concert standard, and the bill for restoring it to its former glory is £33,000.

The work will enable the venue to attract national, and even international musicians to Haddo.