Sierra Leone’s humidity is an adversary to wooden pianos, and the Ballanta Academy of Music is one of the institutions whose pianos’ are affected by this climatic condition.
The music academy whose pianos have not been repaired or tuned for ages has solicited the help of British piano tuner Alan King through the Well Cathedral School a prestigious music school in England.
“Since my arrival six days ago, I have already repaired and tuned three pianos; remaining another three,” Alan disclosed.
He revealed that apart from working for the academy he will also be doing tuning and repairing for other institutions including the British Council.
Alan explained that he will be teaching students at the academy how to repair and tune pianos.
Alan, who travels through South West England, tuning pianos including those at the Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, said Sierra Leone is the farthest he had travel to tune pianos.
He also revealed that he was asked if he could spend a month in Sierra Leone but due to other tuning commitments “I will on spend two and half weeks,” he said.
The academy, Alan said “is one of the most important buildings in Sierra Leone. It gives young people hope, creative power and how to make changes in their lives,” he said.
The piano tuner revealed that he brought a violin and a trumpet together with tools to repair for the academy; and promised to come with two more pianos.
Alan explained that he will embark on a public appeal back home to get more musical instruments for the academy.
The British piano tuner also said that he intends setting up a workshop for repairing musical instruments at the academy.