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To demonstrate the versitility of the unit, we went to Seaford Head (near the Seven Sisters on the Sussex Coast of England) to show it could be set up anywhere, even if no power exists!

As far as we know, there are no other units of this type readily available in the UK. Peter Willson and Robin Kempe have designed this unit because Peter is a gigging pianist who saw that a keyboard at a gig can only sound like a piano, and not look like one! So he got together with Robin, a very experienced furniture maker, and designed the Semigrand to be a truly practical solution to an event that needs to have some class!

Willson & Kempe Semigrand Grand piano Shell

In 2013 Semigrand piano shells have been used for events at:
Hampton Court, Wakehurst Place, Whithurst Park West Sussex,
Royal Oak London E2, Annie's Bar Kentish Town, Hilton Avisford nr Arundel,
Blackstock Barn Hellingly, Bannatynes Hotel Hastings, The Birch Hotel Haywards Heath, and several other venues in London and the South East.
2014 Saw the Semigrand at the BBC Good Food show with Vanessa Hastings,with the UK tour of "Only Men Aloud", at the Jewel Bar in Piccadilly Circus, London, Hendall Manor Barns (near Uckfield, East Sussex), Little Horsted Place, near Uckfield.

2015 was another great year for the Semigrand.
The piano went to Warners in West Sussex at Sinah Warren for a cabaret featuring the 'Sing Out Sisters', an Indian wedding in Wembley with Ajay Shar, many WI meetings for sessions featuring the Great American Songbook. In August a Semigrand appeared on the Watch TV channel for an edition of 'Singing in the rainforest' with Myleene Klass.
The piano also featured in the Hailsham Town Fair in August with the Pete Willson Quartet and the performance artist Frances Shelley features her Semigrand in many of her live performances. Vanessa Hastings and Ed Alexander continue to perform at many weddings with their Semigrands

2016 saw the sale of three further Semigrands (2 black and 1 white) to a London piano nightclub(details on request) and a touring theatre company in the South of England. Several hires included The Ashdown Park Hotel near East Grinstead , Yew Tree Lakes in Rotherfield East Sussex and Shoreditch Studios in East London

2017 Two more Semigrands (for touring around Europe) sold to the London nightclub.
Several London hires for gigging pianist James Sayer
Hailsham Town Fair gig with Peter Willson in July and our first order for an upright piano to be delivered early in 2018.


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