Early Days

Black and white photo of Tim Hendy in a church choir

My interest in music dates from childhood, singing in the local church choir with my family, leading to an interest in church organs and keyboard instruments in general.

Steinway & Sons was the biggest name I knew in pianos, so I got my dad to give them a ring...

Apprenticeship

Tim Hendy standing in the doorway of Steinway & Sons, London

... and I became apprenticed to Steinway & Sons London in the summer of 1978, at the age of sixteen.

Steinway & Sons

Tim Hendy regulating a piano action at Steinway & Sons, London

At Steinway, I learnt piano design and restoration, tuning and voicing, while studying for my City and Guilds in Musical Instrument Technology at London College of Furniture - now the London Metropolitan University.

Denmark

Map fo Denmark, detail, Odense

In 1984 I left Steinway & Sons, to experience working abroad for The Piano Workshop (Mattsson and McGehee Pianovaerkstedet), and Egtved Pianofabrik as Senior Technician; I returned ....

England

Tim Hendy tuning a grand piano for a private client

... home in 1991, where I worked for ABC Music, Esher, in sales and technical work. In the last 25 years I’ve run Tim Hendy Pianos Ltd, serving the wider musical community with pride.

Kingston

Tim Hendy tuning a grand piano for the Hampton Court Festival

Born and bred in Kingston, I’ve been in the piano business for four decades. I’m proud to remain a resident here, having become a BMus (Kingston), keen singer, gardener, bee keeper and proud dad.