musical soirée cruises | The Piano Boat

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Beautiful music and an experience for every occasion.

The world's most intimate concert hall

Prosecco and canapés, and your own exclusive recital.

2pm-6pm on select dates

£80 pp

Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6PE (meeting details below)


The Experience

Enjoy the tranquility of the canals 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, ensuring you always the finest musical experience.

We only take a maximum of 12 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.

13:30    |    Meet at The Bear on the Barge
13:45    |    Safety briefing and boarding
14:00    |    Welcome drink and departure
18:00    |    Return to base and disembarkation

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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, drinks, canapés and cakes will be served for the return journey.

The Pianist

‘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.

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Meeting Point

The Bear on the Barge, Moorhall Road, Harefield, Uxbridge, UB9 6PE

Please ensure you are at the meeting point no later than 13:30. We regret that we are unable to wait for guests not arriving by the designated time.

Parking is available at The Bear on the Barge, and there is 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.

Neither The Piano Boat nor The Bear on the Barge can take responsibility for your vehicle or possessions, so please ensure you do not leave any valuables in the car.

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