Continual Professional Development - Music to your ears

Steinway PianoDelivered on behalf of the British Institute of Interior Design, we were delighted to be involved with another CPD event on the 21st February at Steinway Hall courtesy of Steinway’s Managing Director, Craig Terry. The idea for the event was initially sketched out by Craig and Neil Stevenson when they first met at an event in London’s Park Lane. Both companies are BIID members and Royal Warrant Holders and being both at the top of our respective disciplines it seemed we might be able to develop a suitable CPD to share through the Institute. The result of which was the development of five informative talks which formed the backbone of the days Continual Professional Development programme.

A series of informal talks preceded a drinks reception and a recital, a format that seemed to be greatly appreciated by all of the attendees. The afternoon started with a light lunch and a tour of the Steinway workshops followed by an inspection of fabulous pianos on display, from uprights to the fully bespoke Concert Grands.Up first was Neil with his talk on the use of sustainable timber in interior projects, the main causes of deforestation and planning on how to work within the legislation in order to allay public concern.

This was followed by Acoustic specialists Hann Tucker who managed to educate us in the different ways in which sound travels, the varied requirements for individual room types and how we can reduce or enhance the acoustic response.

David Graham of Grahams Hi-Fi then explained how digital sound has reduced the music spectrum for most of us by removing vast amounts of the audio information that we previously received from vinyl and what we can do to improve matters; it was a real ear opener.

Ulrich Gerhartz then demonstrated the quite remarkable level of detail and sophistication that goes into making Steinway the pre-eminent supplier of pianos to the world’s greatest performers. Before the educational part of the day was completed by a fascinating talk about the design and construction of truly bespoke Steinway cases known as Art Cases. Whilst Steinway won’t consider adjusting anything to do with the mechanism, they are more than happy to indulge the client who needs the ultimate in piano experiences.

The evening concluded with drinks and a recital with Dominic Ferris, a young man making a name for himself on the West End, conducting and playing for some of the most popular shows including Les Miserable and Finding Neverland.

Education, entertainment and enlightenment what more could you want?

If you would be interested in attending a similar event in the future, please email

Posted on 27th February 2013

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