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Coldplay's piano gift for school

Chris Martin from Coldplay
Chris Martin is the lead singer with Coldplay

Pop giants Coldplay have bought a £3,000 piano for a Gloucestershire primary school that lost its musical instruments during the floods of 2007.

Bassist Guy Berryman heard about the school's plight from his neighbour.

It led to the Grammy-award winning group, who had hits with Speed of Sound and Yellow, buying the Kemble piano for St David's School in Moreton-in-Marsh.

Head teacher Bob Forster said: "It is fantastic. I was impressed they cared enough to want to help."

It is believed the band acted after seeing pictures of the school's piano floating in the water-filled hall.

Mr Forster added: "Music is important to St David's and gives huge pleasure to people inside and out of the school.

"We didn't ask for the money, but Guy Berryman is a neighbour of one of our teaching support workers and that's how they heard about us."

All the school's instruments - keyboards, drums, recorders, and handbells - were wrecked when water swept through the corridors last July.

The band, whose singer Chris Martin is married to Gwyneth Paltrow, has sold 30 million albums making them one of the world's biggest acts.

The 320-pupil school has now sent a thank you letter to Coldplay and will also send photos of the piano being used.




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