In 1993 Colin Leverett was approached by ex 10cc member Kevin Godley who directed the music video for Paul McCartney’s C’mon People. Colin was asked to advise on the best order to deconstruct a piano and then reconstruct it. During the music video Paul McCartney sings and plays a Steinway the piano while workmen speedily deconstruct it and rebuild it around him.
The song was part of Paul McCartney’s album ‘Off The Ground’ and reached number 41 in the UK Chart singles. C’mon People became a staple part of his world tour in 1993.
With over 30 years in the trade myself and the last person to serve a full apprenticeship at the only major workshop in the UK, my concerns do grow daily to where the next generation of Piano Technicians will come from ? little or no interest from school leavers over the last 10 years leaves me wondering where this skill set will eventually go. I never intended to become a piano technician but I guess this trade runs through our family veins, with 2 generations of Leverett’s maintaing the highest quality of piano craftmanship possible.
I feel extremely lucky and honoured to have served under my father Colin Leverett and his brother Derek Leverett. Honing my skills and passing on techniques that would have been lost. I to will one day pass these onto my son’s, I hope they take them to heart.
I heard once that if you find a carrier you love, you will never have to work another day again !!! Thank you dad x