"The generosity of B‹sendorfer is colossal," festival organizer Penny Adie told The Guardian of London. "Never in the company's history has it given a piano of this value to any individual or organisation."
The piano was delivered straight from the firm's factory in Vienna. "[The drivers] did a dummy delivery run, and very calmly and efficiently moved the piano without a hitch," The Sun of London reported Adie as saying.
B‹sendorfer's Imperial concert grand is almost ten feet long and costs Ô£85,000 (currently about US$172,000). First built around 1900 on Ferruccio Busoni's suggestion, it has an eight-octave span (97 keys) and served as the inspiration for piano works of composers like Bart‹k, Debussy and Frank Martin.
The Two Moors Festival offers concerts in several parish churches over 1,000 square miles in Somerset and Devon, whose farming community was devastated by the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in 2001. The festival was founded that year to draw visitors back to the area, and has featured cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and baritone Thomas Allen, as well as young local musicans. Tom Poster, winner of the 2007 Scottish International Piano Competition, opens Two Moors on October 12.