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The Pentland Piano Festival is a new event designed to celebrate piano playing and repertoire, with pianists of all ages.

The Festival organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Orcome Trust and the Midlothian Instrumental Music Service.

Pentland Piano Festival displays Midlothian's Musical Talents 

Over 60 pianists from 7 to 87, amazed the audience throughout the day on Saturday 18 March at the South Kirk venue for the inaugural Pentland Piano Festival.

With participants from across Penicuik, the Lothians, Scottish Borders, and exchange students from Germany and Poland, the venue resounded to a wide variety of music styles and genres.

Encouragement and advice to the players was always on hand from our adjudicator and distinguished piano player Peter Antonelli MBE, who also ran a Masterclass.

The evening concert attracted a wide audience from across Penicuik and beyond.  The music, was both varied, exciting and outstanding, from solo players and duets. The Festival displayed the wealth of musical talent we have in our community and the support provided by our schools in promoting and encouraging such musical talent.

The success of this first Festival, the brainchild of Graham McDonald, senior music teacher at Beeslack Community High School, from which many of the student players came, ensures that it will be back in 2018.  

Updated  19 March 2017