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Bronte piano strikes a chord with jazz star Jamie Cullum
5:15pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Keighley
The Bronte Parsonage Museum’s musical heritage attracted a jazz singer-songwriter who is touring the country for a new radio programme.
Jamie Cullum, the presenter of Jamie’s Piano Pilgrimage, dropped into Haworth to find out about the Brontes’ love of music and the importance of the piano in the lives of Victorian women.
He tried out the parsonage’s ‘Bronte Piano’, which is thought to have been originally bought at the request of Branwell Bronte by his father Patrick.
A Bronte Society spokesman said: “Jamie played some beautiful tunes, and was carefully prepped and watched over by piano conservator Ken Forrest, who had tuned the piano for the event.
“Bronte Society executive director professor Ann Sumner and collections manager Ann Dinsdale were also present to offer Jamie lots of information about the Brontes and their love of music. Ann even presented him with a beautiful copy of Wuthering Heights.
“Jamie seemed to enjoy his time at the parsonage very much, and said the piano was one of the most extraordinary he had ever played or seen.
“He said the instrument has a very unique touch, and that it was ‘incredibly pure, with an amazing clarity to the notes’.”
Jamie’s Piano Pilgrimage is scheduled to be broadcast every Saturday in January 2014 at 10.30am on Radio Four.
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