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

Thursday, 21 March 2019


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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