Theme & Variations Piano Services – Platinum Partner of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in 2012

Theme & Variations are looking forward to participating in the 2012 Australian Festival of Chamber Music from 27 July – 6 August held in Townsville and Cairns, Queensland. 


In the words of Artistic Director, Piers Lane, “The AFCM has become famous for its combination of top drawer music-making and friendly socialising.  Our 22nd festival presents composers ranging from Telemann to Composer-in-Residence, our own Nigel Westlake, as renowned for his film music (‘Babe’ and ‘Miss Potter’) as for his concert work”. 


Piers Lane AO, with a Steinway Grand Piano on The Strand in Townsville, north Queensland


Theme & Variations are always delighted to be a part of the Festival by providing concert and rehearsal pianos for festival artists and Winterschool participants.  Technicians from Theme & Variations work around the clock to keep all the pianos prepared for performances, Masterclasses and rehearsals. 


In addition to the Steinway & Sons, Boston and Essex pianos for performances and practice rooms, Theme & Variations send over 20 different size upright and grand pianos for public selection.   The commitment shown to the Festival secures Theme & Variations Piano Services as ‘Platinum Partners’ along with James Cook University and Jupiters Townsville.


A sales event is held in conjunction with the Festival offering the general public a unique opportunity to select from a range of Steinway-designed pianos in north-Queensland.


The pianos remain in north-Queensland for a limited time.  Therefore, it is important for genuine buyers to make an appointment to view the selection of pianos housed at the V8 Pit Building, near the Townsville Civic Theatre.


Every customer who chooses a piano designed by Steinway & Sons becomes part of the Steinway family.  The ownership of a Steinway & Sons or Steinway-designed Essex or Boston piano entitles you to receive the finest dealer attention as accorded to every Steinway owner, and exceptional service performed by Steinway-trained technicians employed at our stores.


Theme & Variations also provides piano tuning and piano restoration services across Queensland and New South Wales.   


Steinway & Sons crafts seven sizes of grand piano to fit a small apartment, living room, studio, yacht or concert hall.  The sizes are Model S-155 (5’1), M-170 (5’4), O-180 (5’10), A-188 (6’1), B-211 (6’10), C-227 (7’4) and D-274 (9’).

The two models in the Steinway upright range include V-125 and K-132.




Boston pianos, designed by Steinway, has a range of five grand pianos to suit a smaller space all the way through to a medium size auditorium. They are the model GP-156 (5’1″), GP-163 (5’4″), GP-178 (5’10″), GP-193 (6’4″) and GP-215 (7’ 1/2″ ). 

The three upright models in the Boston range include UP118 (46′ 1/2″), UP126 (49′ 1/2″) and UP132 (52′).




Essex pianos, designed by Steinway, has two sizes to choose from for those who are looking for a beautifully crafted instrument at excellent value.  They are EGP155 (5’1″) or EGP173  (5’8″).

The upright models in the Essex range include UP111 (43′ 3/4″), UP116 (45′ 11/2″) and UP123 (48′ 1/2″).




Boston and Essex pianos include features of tone and touch designed by Steinway & Sons. 


Grand pianos can come in a variety of finishes ranging from the classic Ebony High Polish, to satin or high polish veneers of walnut, mahogany and more.  This includes the special veneers in the Crown Jewel Collection.


Steinway & Sons are renowned for ‘Made-to-Measure’ so if you have a certain requirement or design in mind, we are more than happy to discuss your individual plan.


If a certain size, colour, finish or veneer is not in the selection this year in north-Queensland, we are happy to discuss ways to order a particular piano for your requirement.


Please phone (07) 3666 0650 or email


We look forward to assisting you to ‘invest in the best’.


Sales Event


3rd, 4th, 5th August 2012

V8 Pit Building, Boundary Street, South Townsville (near Townsville Civic Theatre)

Appointments and enquiries please phone (07) 3666 0650




Don’t miss this special event during the AFCM calendar:


‘Portraits of a Piano’

9am Saturday 4 August 2012


at C2 Auditorium, Townsville Civic Theatre


An informative talk about the acoustic piano including the development, history and maintenance of the instrument.


Presented by Ara Vartoukian from Theme & Variations Piano Services.


Cost: Free




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