A MYSTERIOUS benefactor surprised members of the Rhyl music club with a £20,000 donation.
Rhyl Music Club members were told at their annual meeting about an anonymous donation to their new piano fund.
The club, which has almost 200 members, organises concerts which have featured virtuoso performers such as Bryn Terfel in the past.
David Birch, who deals with the publicity for the group, said: “It’s great news. This is a particularly big donation which came out of the blue. None of us have a clue who it was. It's completely a mystery."
The running costs of the group are met by the members, but the replacement of a top class piano can run into the tens of thousands.
Mr Birch said: “I'd like to say a great big thank you to the donator for making it possible to buy a new piano when we need it and for thinking of the club's future.”
He went on to say that the choice of a high quality instrument reflects the club's commitment to showing equally high quality acts.
Stephen Leeder, concert organiser, said: “Unlike violinists and guitarists, pianists don’t bring their instrument along with them."
“Our current Boesendorfer is still excellent - Llyr Williams confirmed so after he played on it last summer - and I'm sure that having the best piano helps attract the best international performers to Rhyl."
“The club is famous for its high quality concerts and the piano fund will help us keep it that way.”
The Boesendorfer is due to be given a good work-out in the Town Hall tonight (Wednesday) when player Andrew Wilde will give an all Chopin recital.
The classical concert is a Summer special to celebrate the two hundredth birthday of the famous composer.
The show is at 7.30pm and entry will cost £8.