Background

Based between Preston and Lancaster, piano tuning service now predominantly serving West Lancashire and South Cumbria.

        - an established and selective & discerning domestic clientele, throughout Lancashire, who rely on tuning stability and a well maintained piano 

Preparation and technical support for concerts and venues throughout the UK, by arrangement.

        - work with the most discerning and talented pianists at events throughout the UK.

Head of Piano Technical Services at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester.

       - responsibility for the condition and upkeep of  over 120 Steinway & Yamaha pianos at this leading international conservatoire meeting requirements of public performances & masterclasses by the world’s leading pianists.

The RNCM is equipped with studios (with Steinway D and B grands), teaching rooms (each with 2 Steinways models A and B), practice rooms, a recital room with 2 Steinway B's. The large opera theatre and the Concert hall are equipped with 3 exceptional Steinway model D concert grands which are maintained to international performance standards.

Yamaha Piano Technicians Guild - Tuning & concert preparation for Yamaha Artist Services at venues throughout the UK

        - to meet the demanding needs of Yamaha' professional Artist Services team to attend, tune and maintain the premium pianos from Yamaha including the handmade Yamaha CFX concert grand. 

Yamaha Pianos give membership to the Yamaha Piano Technicians Guild (YPTG) to a select few technicians; the YPTG was set up to create a recognised team of qualified technicians that are authorised by Yamaha to work on their hand built CF range of pianos.

Resident concert technician for Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Malvern Piano Festival, James Mottram International Piano Competition, Preston Guildhall, North Fylde Music Circle, Harris Music Club and many other notable music societies.

Established for 33 years and working constantly throughout all of both the counties of Lancashire & Cumbria following 3 years full time study in piano tuning, repair and maintenance at the London College of Furniture. Awarded a Higher Diploma in Piano Technology & Piano Tuning by the Technicians' Education Council.

Subsequent training opportunities include: Pianoforte Tuners' Association conferences, (technical classes in Steinway, Fazioli and Kawai grand piano regulation) and in 2008 an invitation from Yamaha to join the Yamaha Piano Technicians Guild. Ongoing high-level technical seminars which are being provided for members only at Yamaha's facilities in Milton Keynes and Hamburg. These are designed to ensure the best possible technical support throughout the UK to the hand crafted range of Yamaha pianos and especially the CFIIIs and CFX Concert grands. To date, there have been 6 residential courses.

It is an honour to have been appointed to maintain the extensive piano stock at the RNCM, and to prepare the Yamaha CFX concert grand for the James Mottram International Competition, and to have provided technical support at one of Yamaha's most prestigious events; Malvern Piano Festival 2012 which included performers as diverse as Angela Hewitt, John Lill and Tim Minchin. 

Testimonials

A few recent comments :-

"I have always found Marianne's tuning and technical work to be of the very highest standard, delivered with the utmost professionalism"

Martin Roscoe, Concert pianist, Professor of piano at Guildhall School of Music, London.

www.martinroscoe.co.uk

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The recent refurbishment of the RNCM Concert Hall has made it such a pleasure to play in, particularly as the pianos are so excellently looked after by Marianne Bailey. I could not have wished for a better piano!

Peter Donohoe following his recital of the Complete Scriabin Sonatas at the RNCM, (2013 Steinway Model D)

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Thank you Marianne for looking after the Steinway C. It held very well, and fab range of sound came out.”

Noriko Ogawa following her recital at North Fylde Music Circle (2004 Steinway Model C)

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A quick thank you for the wonderful job you made of servicing and tuning my Broadwood grand piano on Tuesday. The action is much more responsive, and it sounds better than it has ever done. I am enjoying playing it; I just wish I could play well enough to realise its potential. Thanks again.”

Cliff Robinson, Carnforth

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"Once again many thanks for the excellent work you carried out on my C3.....Your refurbishment of my piano's action has greatly enhanced its potential - and not least, my pleasure in playing the instrument. It was exactly what I was hoping for."

John Peace BA LRAM ARCO, Liverpool; Yamaha C3 grand

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"I just wanted to let you know that I have never heard my piano sound so good. I have been meaning to contact you ever since you tuned it. Thank you so much - it is a joy to play."

Morgan Tanton, Silverdale; 1890's Erard grand

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"Your work on my piano's action has made the impossible possible"

Bob Heelis, Thornton; Scheidmayer upright

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Training and experience

1983
Graduated from the London College of Furniture (now London Metropolitan University) with TEC Higher diploma and C&GLI qualifications.

1997
Passed the examination for membership of the PTA - see http://www.pianotuner.org.uk for details of standards required of members.

2000
Tuning assessment at Steinway Hall. Subsequently I have tuned for numerous public recitals on Steinway's behalf.

2004 to date
Tuner and technician for the Ribble Valley International Piano Week, an annual concert series held at Westholme Theatre, Blackburn; Artistic Directors - Martin Roscoe and Mike George. http://www.rvipw.org.uk

2008
Invited to join the Yamaha Piano Technicians Guild, which provides ongoing highly specialised technical training. 

2009
Two further  YPTG training courses; Grand damper regulation and Tone production and voicing

2010
Another YPTG training course - Disklavier servicing
YPTG trip to Wiesbaden to the launch of Yamaha CF range of Premier PIanos

2011
Article about Ribble Valley International Piano Week 2011

2011
Masterclass in voicing and fitting new hammers.

2012
YPTG training course; hybrid pianos

2012
Resident  concert technician to Malvern Piano Festival at Yamaha's invitation

2012
Appointed head of piano technical services, RNCM



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