Leeds International Piano Competition returns to the city this September and to mark the occasion, an innovative packed programme of piano-themed activities has been planned for audiences across the city to take part in and enjoy.

In the run-up to this year’s finals taking place in the city from 6th-15th September 2018, The Competition, working in collaboration with Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID), is opening its arms to the people of Leeds with the Leeds Piano Trail: twelve beautifully decorated pianos stationed in iconic locations across the city centre from 17th August-16th September.

These will be available for the public to play and will host ‘mini recitals’ by local music students and pianists, and see pop-up performances by Competition alumni, competitors and celebrity guests to spark the interest and imagination of the millions of visitors, residents and workers who can visit, hear and play the pianos this summer. A specially produced map and accompanying web app will be available for members of the public to follow the trail.

The pianos, supplied by Leeds-based Besbrode Pianos, are each being striking decorated by local artists, art students, schoolchildren and community groups before the pianos make their journey out to various city centre locations. Blenheim Primary School and Leeds Dads are among those groups who have already brought pianos to life with individual designs and members of the public can see these works of art take shape at the piano painting studio housed in an empty unit in the St John’s Centre up until Friday 17th August.

The World’s Smallest Concert Hall is also coming to Leeds city centre – a specially-fitted shipping container, located in Victoria Gardens in the vicinity of Leeds Town Hall in finals week from 10th-14th September. It will play host to an engaging daily programme of free events including 10-minute recitals by competitors and jury members, taster piano lessons, and talks and educational activities for local community groups.

In addition, The Leeds has launched Piano+, designed to offer a new layer of entertainment and insight to music lovers and competition audiences, includes masterclasses, talks and insight events with the world-famous pianists of the distinguished Competition Jury.


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