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The First Fleet piano is making headlines in the United Kingdom.

Thursday, 21 March 2019

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The First Fleet piano has returned to the UK for critical restoration work.

One of Australia’s most significant musical instruments was flown to London via Emirates.  A 24-hour trip compared to its 8-month journey to Australia aboard the First Fleet in 1788.

The piano, that forms part of the ECU Founding Pianos collection, was welcomed at a gala event at Australia House in London.

The Vice-Chancellor hosted the event with WA Agent General Mike Deeks and the Australian High Commission.

The piano’s arrival in the UK made bulletins on both BBC Radio 4 Today programme (7 million listeners) and the Radio 2 Breakfast  (9 million) programme.

ABC TV’s London Bureau and BBC TV are also covering the journey of the piano as it makes its way to Bath for restoration.

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