Tinkling of the ivories to brighten day

Pop-up piano performances will be brightening up people’s day as the sound of music greets commuters and shoppers in the city.

A tuneful welcome awaits those arriving in Leeds Station on Monday morning (21st January) as well as people leaving at the end of the day with musicians taking a seat at a number of the city centre’s resident pianos.

Twelve pianos were installed in shopping centres, office blocks and public buildings, courtesy of LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District) and Besbrode Pianos Leeds, as part of the Leeds Piano Trail last August in celebration of the return of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition (LIPC) to the city. The majority have been given a permanent home and are here to stay in the city for anyone– from beginners to professionals and everyone in between – to play.

Monday will see colourful performances from students at Leeds College of Music as follows:

7.30-9am Leeds Station piano

1-2pm St John’s Centre piano

5-6pm Leeds Station piano

The pianos, which have each been striking decorated by local artists, art students, schoolchildren and community groups, can be found and played at: University of Leeds Parkinson Building, The Rose Bowl, Trinity Leeds, Leeds Station, Victoria Quarter, Kirkgate Market, Corn Exchange, The Tetley, St John’s Centre and Leeds City College Technology Campus.