Family Business

Laura, Will & Chris Venables

Laura, Will & Chris Venables

Established in 1981, Venables Pianos is regarded as the UK’s most experienced Yamaha acoustic piano specialist, official dealer of Petrof pianos and home of Bespoke Specification Pianos “Venables & Son”. We are proud to be an entirely family-run business regularly achieving Top Dealer Awards and having a prestigious client list.

We are constantly working harder to provide a unique 1st class service to our clients whilst maintaining excellent discounted prices in our quest to promote quality new and nearly-new pianos, without compromise.

As dedicated technicians, experienced product and technical knowledge is at hand to help you fully understand just why and how a better piano is better and to ensure you are totally confident in making your own decision.

Will, Laura & Chris with Artur Pizarro (at piano) at our premium piano showrooms in March 2013

Will, Laura & Chris with Artur Pizarro (at piano)
at our premium piano showrooms in March 2013

Chris Venables

Chris VenablesChris Venables began his career as a tuner-technician over 30 years ago. Within the first year he opened his first piano showroom and soon became well-known for his progressive approach to piano retailing.

1984 saw the launch of the Chris Venables range of hand-finished pianos, followed shortly by John Broadwood and Sons awarding Venables the first licence in the UK to hand-finish their upright range to clients’ specification.

In 1988, Classical Music Magazine wrote: “Chris Venables is an ambassador for new instruments and goes to great lengths to promote them. He summons up a truly missionary zeal to convince people they will get better value buying new… His success is due to the combination of an incurable passion for pianos with an entrepreneurial flair which is quick to see opportunities and act on them.” This statement applies as much today as it did then.

Having received technical training from both Steinway & Sons and Yamaha, Chris has prepared Concert Grand Pianos for EMI Classical Music, BBC Radio, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Peter Donohoe, John Lill, Peter Katin & Jose Carreras.

Will Venables

Will VenablesWith over 17 years technical experience, Will is meticulous in his preparation of new pianos, specialising in voicing (hammer intonation) matching the piano’s tonal qualities to the player and optimising the piano’s expressive voice.

Your direct contact for technical advice and sales, Will is also responsible for marketing, including design of all promotional tools and information publishing.

Laura Venables

Laura VenablesLaura Venables joined the family business in February 2012 to manage the office, schedule piano deliveries, tunings, after sales service and accounts.

I am immensely proud of working alongside my father, Chris and brother, Will in the family business. Together we are committed to providing excellence and constant innovation to improve the choice of pianos on offer and quality of product and service to our clients.