Simon Wroe Piano Services provides a complete piano tuning and technical service, including, servicing, voicing, regulation & repairs at an expert level throughout the whole of the Cumbria and the South Lakes, & North Lancashire including Lancaster. I work on all kinds of instruments, grands and uprights, both period and modern.
I offer domestic, concert and institutional piano tuning and technical services, bringing over 30 years of experience including 9 years of college training and apprenticeships in London & Paris. I am also happy to advise on any piano related matters, such as care, transport, case finishing etc. without cost or obligation to you.
I provide a complete service of care for your piano, from traditional tuning by ear to concert pitch + the latest high end electronic tuning technology, to the fulfilment of your instrument’s potential through my specialisms of regulation and voicing or complete restoration. With these services your instrument can be transformed.
My name is Simon Wroe, I am a piano tuner and technician based in South Lakes, Cumbria and have been in the profession since the mid ’80s.
I cover all aspects of piano tuning and technical servicing. My specialism is the mechanism of the piano, the fine finishing of the performance of the instrument’s action and voice. You may have been told that the piano cannot be improved or that it cannot be brought to concert pitch. This is rarely the case and there is great satisfaction in taking an instrument which may have been in a family for over a century under-pitch and underpowered, transforming it over the course of a day or two or restoring it in my workshop.
I have been very lucky in my opportunities. After three years full-time study in piano tuning, repairs and restoration, gaining my City & Guilds and College Diploma qualifications, I spent four years in France with Pianos Magne at the Bösendorfer Centre in central Paris. At Pianos Magne I apprenticed in fine tuning, regulation and toning of grand pianos. I began my concert and institutional experience there working for Radio France, Salle Cortot, Theatre Chatelet, the National Senate, numerous venues and wonderful Parisian homes.
Upon re-locating to London, in spite of offers from some well-known companies I chose to spend two years in a small piano factory in north London, Reid Pianos. Here I had the great privilege of working with masters of the trade who had been practising for 50 years in some cases. My responsibility there was restoration and preparation of upright pianos in the workshop. I will always be indebted to the craftsmen in Paris and London who shared their skill, experience and love of the metier with me.
By the late 90’s, with over 10 years “behind the scenes”, I felt ready to work independently. In 1998 I took on the post of Resident Piano Technician to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama at the Barbican Centre, where I remained for 7 years. There I had responsibility for 144 pianos including 35 Steinways, all of which were expected to be in tune and working well all of the time. It was a great experience to be in an international centre of excellence where the highest standards were expected and I could develop working relationships with the future stars of the classical and jazz worlds, many of whom I have the pleasure to meet again on their touring visits to the region. I moved to Cumbria in 2006 to be nearer to family and breathe the clean Lakes air.
I believe in a service ethic, that messages should be returned promptly, that punctuality should be aimed for (unforeseen jobs, Cumbrian roads and weather allowing!), courtesy should be the norm, carrying out what I am requested to do and hopefully being able to pull out all of the stops to achieve the transformation of instruments which is my benchmark.
I live in the centre of Kendal, gateway to the Lakes!
I have full DSB certification.
MY CUMBRIA & NORTH LANCASHIRE CLIENTS INCLUDE:
Music & Theatre
- The concert societies of Kendal, Keswick, Grange, Penrith and Cockermouth
- Lake District Summer Music International Music Festival
- The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness
- Blackwell House
- Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
- Theatre by The Lake, Keswick
- Keswick Jazz Festival
- Abbeystead, Levens Hall, Mirehouse & Belle Isle
- Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven
- The Heron Theatre, Beetham
- More Music, Morecambe
- Dukes Theatre, Lancaster
- Midland Hotel, Morecambe,
- More Music, Morecambe.
- Lancaster University
- Sedbergh School
- Windermere School
- Queen Katherine’s, Kendal
- Lakes School, Windermere
- Settlebeck & Morecambe Community High
The Churches of ;
- Kendal Parish Church
- St Oswald’s, Grasmere
- St Bees Priory
- St Mary’s Ambleside
- Kents Bank URC, Grange Over Sands
- St Andrews, Sedbergh
- Swarthmoor Quaker Meeting Room
- Silverdale Methodist Church
- St Pauls, Caton
- St John’s, Ellel
- St Thomas, Milnthorpe
- St Peter’s, Heversham
- St Josephs, Seascale
- Crosthwaite, Keswick
- Holy Trinity Church, Brathay
- St Cuthberts, Seascale
- Penrith Methodist Church
- St Thomas Crosscrake
- St Johns, Keswick
- Keswick Methodist Church
- Holy Trinity Church, Casterton
- Kendal URC
- Stricklandgate Methodist Church, Kendal
- Carver URC, Windermere