In September 2016, this paper was the first to tell you about a unique fundraiser called the Steinway 88 Keys Programme, which was launched for the first time in the country by the noted Mehli Mehta Music Foundation (MMMF). The programme held the promise of arts and cultural patrons coming together for the love of music and spreading classical music education. It involved raising money for the smallest model of grand pianos by Steinway, which costs a whopping R71 lakh, but on offer at R68 lakh by Furtados. Sponsors could crowdfund by buying each key at R76,000; some keys cost more than a lakh. The piano is intended for the school and its students.
Now, after waiting patiently for over a year, MMMF tells us that the crowdfunding is nearly over and Furtados is bringing their new Steinway piano to be inaugurated this evening at the Royal Opera House, alongside a performance by pianist Luka Okros. Mehroo Jeejeebhoy, the founder trustee of MMMF, says that she is grateful to the many people who have contributed towards the programme, but also the parents of the children enrolled in the school, for they too came forth with their support. Among the sponsors are Cyrus Guzder, Pheroza Godrej, Zia Mody, Bernhard Steinruecke, Furtados Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. The students will be able to use the piano in the coming months, and we can’t wait to hear the music play on.