Pianos For Schools

David Halford: Expert In Pianos For Education

David Halford joined in 2016 as Coach House’s Education Business Manager to oversee Music Department Solutions and promote the use of pianos for education in institutions around the UK, this includes pioneering and organising events, conferences and workshops throughout the academic year.

A graduate of Music, David’s passion dates back to his early childhood when he first began learning the piano. This was later enhanced by a couple of inspirational school music teachers. His belief in the importance of music education has driven his career seeing him work for giants of the piano world: Steinway, Bösendorfer, Yamaha and Kemble.

An accomplished musician himself, David’s diverse appreciation for almost all musical genres, from Renaissance choral music to Jazz, Blues and Pop, brings a unique energy to the role and a genuine excitement to see students engaging in music-making of all kinds.

Working closely with the UK’s top schools, his expertise gained from over 30 years in the industry, combined with his passion for promoting the teaching of music in schools, allow him to offer impartial and detailed advice, and provide the best-tailored solutions for music departments.

David’s sensibilities as a family man immediately fit with Coach House’s roots as a family business. The company has nurtured his talent, helping him pioneer both a biennial school piano competition and the first-ever Heads of Keyboard Conference in the UK.

Dedicated to championing Coach House as the most trusted provider of quality pianos to both institutions and individuals, David is a valued asset and vital member of the Coach House team.

“For me, there’s no greater feeling than knowing I’ve helped facilitate superb music education in the UK’s top schools, and hopefully instilled a greater love of  music in students all over the country.”



“A thriving business, wonderful people to deal with; their communication was a key factor in ensuring everything proceeded smoothly. All in all the experience was very positive from beginning to end.”

Gareth Owen, Head of Keyboard at Eton College

All Leading Brands

Coach House is unique in the UK as the only supplier of all the leading piano brands, therefore offering unbiased information and negotiating the best prices from manufacturers.

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Artist Support

Coach House’s long-established links with accomplished artists offers your students the unique opportunity to be inspired by famous musicians in workshops, masterclasses and concerts at your school. We provide ongoing support schemes to enthuse students and help your music department stand out from all other schools, as well as supplying pianos for schools of the highest quality at fair prices.

Organise Fundraising Campaigns

Coach House organise and manage successful fundraising campaigns such as ‘sponsor a key’ and ‘notes for notes’. This engages support from parents and friends the 88 keys can quickly raise £88,000 in a way otherwise seemingly impossible!

Piano Restoration

We offer many pianos related services, including restoration, as well as providing pianos for schools, professionals and homes. Should you have a much-loved instrument in need of attention, Coach House offer a full restoration service guaranteed to revive your cherished instruments. For more information and to arrange a full assessment of your piano/s please click the link below.

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Own Transport Team

Coach House are one of the very few companies in the UK who operate a professional piano transport team, thus offering you flexible delivery times and upholding the high standard of care we pride ourselves upon. It also means you have ongoing access to a professional moving team for all your piano moving requirements.

Highest Part Exchange Prices

Coach House carry out a free appraisal of your current piano inventory to ensure you receive the maximum value for your old instruments. Long established overseas contacts mean Coach House have ready markets for your old pianos, allowing high part-exchange prices and putting a new complete piano inventory within reach

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In-Situ Trials

We understand that every environment has different acoustics and there is nothing like trialling pianos in the location they will reside permanently, therefore we offer the unique service of bringing a selection of pianos to you! We ensure our pianos for schools arrive undamaged, finely tuned and ready to play.

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All Musical Instruments

As the unique Yamaha Education Partner, we provide you with a single supplier solution for all Yamaha musical instruments and accessories at competitive prices.

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