Peggy's Skylight - A fusion of well-curated live jazz and heart-warming food with a Middle Eastern twist.
We're launching a brand new jazz bar in the heart of Nottingham's city centre but we need a grand piano to make that dream a reality. We're raising £14,000 for a Kawai GL50 grand piano.
The story so far
Let us introduce you to our dream.
Meet Peggy's Skylight. We have a vision that Peggy's will be the most unique dining and music experience to hit the East Midlands and we need your help to make that dream a reality.
Like most great stories, Peggy's started with love - a love of jazz and great music. As jazz musicians ourselves, we've performed as ‘Me & Mr Jones’ and many other guises in many venues around the world, but one thing that always struck us about home is that although Nottingham is an amazing city with such incredible musical talent, it lacked a fantastic jazz venue that puts great sound quality at the forefront.
Nottingham’s music scene is thriving more than ever before, but we wanted to create a space where the region's jazz and blues musicians could call home - a space that not only served the most heart-warming dishes but also had the tastiest treats for the ears too.
To explain more about what we've got in mind for Peggy's, you'll have to join us on a journey from New York to Damascus. So buckle up and follow us as we take you back in time to meet a Jazz legend.
Back in 1963, Duke Ellington and his orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong - just some of the greats that became known as the Jazz Ambassadors - flew to the Middle East on an extensive tour. It was to be an adventure of sublime music, fantastic flavours and great people. And it's this famous tour that was our inspiration for Peggy's Skylight.
Featuring stunning interiors, our choice of decor takes you from a 1930’s tea room at the shop front through to a Middle Eastern styled auditorium where vintage theatre seating sits alongside bespoke dining furniture dedicated to our customer's comfort.
We want Peggy's Skylight to be a place where musicians across the country can showcase their talent. We're aiming to introduce not only new music from up and coming performers but also from well established artists, specialising in jazz in all its forms, as well as jazz-influenced music.
Although predominantly a jazz bar, we'll be hosting soul, blues, afrobeat, latin and funk on Fridays, showcasing new generation artists on a Thursday, with Saturday and Sunday dedicated to mainstream and contemporary jazz.
We're really passionate about getting more people interested in jazz and indeed live music as a whole, and working to dispel any negative perception of the music we love. We're aiming to bridge the gap between younger and older audiences from all walks of life by showing them that live jazz can provide a fun, vibrant, and inspiring experience for all.
In short, when Peggy’s Skylight launches, people can expect the very best food for the ears, soul, mind and body.
A call for help
So, you’ve heard the story of our dream, but how can you help?
Every great jazz venue needs a great resident piano and not just any piano at that.
In keeping with our vision to put an emphasis on excellent sound quality at Peggy’s, we believe it just wouldn’t be right for Peggy’s to have anything less than its very own grand piano.
We’ve already put over £200,000 of our own money into making this dream a reality but a grand piano is the final piece of our journey.
Not just for aesthetics but for the acoustics too. Grand pianos are widely recognised as the gold standard for professional performances. Crafted with painstaking attention to detail, they can provide a rich and varying sonority with a sound that is both uniform and balanced.
Since grand pianos have a larger size than upright pianos, they produce a richer, more multi-dimensional sound. For a venue as large as Peggy’s, having a piano that will cut through the different noises of the hustle and bustle of the bar and restaurant, is a necessity. That is why we’ve made the decision to source a grand piano for the venue.
By helping us raise money for this piano, you’re not only helping us buy an instrument, you’re buying into a dream and a vision for the future of music talent in the region – who knows, you might even be helping pave the way for the next great UK jazz musician.
All pledgers who sponsor a part of the Grand Piano will also get their name permanently displayed in an area that is pride of place in Peggy’s Skylight for all to see your generosity.
Please note that pledge "delivery dates" for some rewards are extended into 2019 to allow time for pledgers to make bookings that suit them.
A big thank you in advance for your support and for joining us on this crazy journey.
To follow the progress of Peggy’s Skylight in the run up to the launch, visit the venue’s social media pages - @peggysskylight on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter or sign-up to our newsletter for updates at www.peggysskylight.co.uk.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is what we're going to do without having a Grand Piano in the venue! Our options? If we don't manage to make the full amount to purchase the Grand Piano, we'll be looking to buy an electric piano and renting a Grand for the big events throughout the year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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