afternoon tea & prosecco with piano recital | The Piano Boat
Please note that access to the boat is currently only possible via a set of 12 steps from the road to the canal. There are 3 steps down into the boat after boarding.
Once restrictions have lifted, our meeting place will be The Bear on the Barge and access to the canal will be level ground, with just the 3 steps on the boat remaining.
Beautiful music and an experience for every occasion.
The world's most intimate concert hall
Indulge in afternoon tea with Prosecco, and an intimate piano recital.
2pm-6pm on select Sundays
Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6PE (meeting details below)
Enjoy the tranquility of the canals, and elegant afternoon tea, and a carefully crafted classical piano recital in your own exclusive environment. The Piano Boat 'Rachmaninov' will be your venue - a unique canal boat built in 2020, and designed specifically for musical gatherings, holidays and events.
The Piano Boat is host to a brand new Steinway Model A grand piano, the ideal instrument for the venue, ensuring you always the finest musical experience.
We only take a maximum of 10 guests each cruise, so you will never feel over-crowded. Upon boarding, you will be welcomed with a glass of Prosecco and a personalised programme with details of the music you will hear later on.
13:45 | Meet at The Piano Boat (please see below), safety briefing and boarding
14:00 | Welcome drink and departure
18:00 | Return to base and disembarkation
Please note that whilst we do our utmost to avoid cross-contamination during the food preparation processes, all food is prepared in an area where allergens are used and may be present. Food served cannot be guaranteed to be free of allergens. If you or one of your party suffer from a severe allergy, please consider this when booking.
After departure, we will cruise to a quiet location on the canal for the recital. Enjoy select classical favourites, and perhaps be introduced to some previously-unheard gems. Your performer and captain of the vessel, Masayuki Tayama, will personally guide you through the programme, and the musical element of the afternoon will last around 45 minutes.
Slowly cruising back to base, enjoy afternoon tea and Prosecco for the return journey.
'Not only to be considered as a fresh departure from other fine pianists of the present day, but daring... with a few touches of genius.'
A celebrated interpreter of Rachmaninov’s piano music, Masayuki Tayama has performed all of his Piano Concertos and is currently in the midst of a project to record and perform his complete solo works for piano, a monumental feat which few have attempted, and his recordings have been met with accolades and critical acclaim.
His international and radio performance debuts took place at the age of 10 in Amsterdam’s Concertgebow, and were the start of a highly successful career. He regularly performs in some of the country’s most eminent concert venues, and his debut appearance at Wigmore Hall sold out.
Now, you have the opportunity to hear him live in an intimate environment like no other, with a thoughtfully selected programme of works. A musician with a passion for boats, Masayuki will also be your captain on board The Piano Boat!
Experience the music up close on a superb instrument under the fingertips of a master.
NEAR: The Bear on the Barge, Moorhall Road, Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6PE
Please ensure you are at the boat no later than 13:45. We regret that we are unable to wait for guests not arriving by the designated time.
Non-restricted parking available on the roadside. The nearest underground stations are Uxbridge and Northwood, then a bus or taxi will take you to the meeting point.
The Piano Boat cannot take responsibility for your belongings, so please ensure you do not leave any valuables in the car.
We will contact you to confirm the meeting point before your cruise. Once restrictions have lifted, the meeting point will be The Bear on the Barge.