THE WATERMAN CIRCLE
Universally cherished as the Grand Dame of the piano, Dame Fanny Waterman celebrated her 100th Birthday on the 22nd of March, 2020. Her legacy to the musical landscape of the United Kingdom and beyond is profound. She was the UK’s most loved piano teacher and a national treasure of the musical community.
Honouring Dame Fanny’s centenary and her contribution to the world of music, we invite you to join The Waterman Circle – a munificent group who share a deep passion for the piano. Together, they are helping us to secure the future of our First Prize and the Dame Fanny Waterman Gold Medal – one of the most prestigious musical awards in the world.
Leave a Legacy
We’re asking for a minimum pledge of £10,000 to join this close family of supporters – all you need do is include a letter of wishes or attach a codicil to your Will.
Email our Fundraising Manager Jack Rush or send a letter to confirm your intentions and you will become a ‘Waterman’.
Leeds International Piano Competition
169b Woodhouse Lane
Leeds LS2 3AR
As a token of our gratitude members of the Waterman Circle will receive VIP priority booking and our grateful acknowledgement in the Competition souvenir programme.
Any gift will be deducted from your inheritance tax liability (IHT) which is normally 40%. If you give 10% of your estate to charity, IHT is reduced to 36%
A Lifetime of Achievements
Following a promising early career as a concert pianist Fanny Waterman gave up her solo ambitions to focus on helping others to master the instrument. To this day she champions the universal and musical benefits of learning the piano and her ground-breaking teaching method for young children remains a worldwide best-seller.
One of her defining moments was the founding of The Leeds International Piano Competition (‘The Leeds’) in 1963 which brought Fanny and her teaching reputation to a global stage. She made the name of Leeds synonymous with excellence through a succession of prize-winners who went on to achieve legendary status including Murray Perahia, Radu Lupu, Mitsuko Uchida, András Schiff, Dmitri Alexeev, Artur Pizarro, Lars Vogt, Kathryn Stott and many others.
The Leeds’ reputation as one of the leading and most prestigious piano competitions in the world has cemented its role as a global ambassador for the city of Leeds and our festival programming ensures that the joy of the piano can be shared with the widest audience possible.
We’re expressing everything that a human being is capable of feeling and sharing it with other people – making music is about life.