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Title: Pianos at Stations
Post by: grahame on April 14, 2019, 10:53:31 am
Not being musical there are things I tend not to notice /// was there / is there a brightly painted paino at Bristol Temple Meads?

From the BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-london-47914973/st-pancras-piano-man-s-video-with-cats-star-vocal-goes-viral)

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St. Pancras piano man's video with Cats star vocal goes viral

When Ceili O'Connor - singer in the West End musical Cats - joined 91-year-old Denis Robinson as he tickled the ivories at St Pancras station, she made his day.

Just found a link - somewhat answering my own question ... https://streetpianos.com/bristol2017/pianos/bristol-temple-meads-station-platform-3/


Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: johnneyw on April 14, 2019, 11:31:16 am
I think there is also one still in The Galleries in Bristol's Broadmead. During summer a couple of years back there was a outdoor one on Wapping Wharf in Bristol Docks next to the Cargo converted shopping container outlets. That one was a temporary arrangement but provided some nice music to accompany a beer in the evening sunshine.
Quite impressed how many people are still able to put out a decent tune on the piano.


Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: Red Squirrel on April 14, 2019, 12:22:31 pm
...paino...

Never was there a more appropriate typo. It's the staff I feel sorry for, having to put up with a procession of 12-year-old prodigies playing Einaudi all day.

For the avoidance of doubt, the one at Temple Meads has gone now. My daughter had a decent bash at it before it went; her rendition of I Giorni brought tears to the eyes...


Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: stuving on April 14, 2019, 12:38:14 pm
SNCF have made a bit of as thing about their pianos, and even list them among staion features listed on line. That list has over 70 stations with them, though how many are even playable is not recorded - certainly the ones I've heard sound pretty rough.


Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: johnneyw on April 14, 2019, 12:41:07 pm
...paino...

Never was there a more appropriate typo. It's the staff I feel sorry for, having to put up with a procession of 12-year-old prodigies playing Einaudi all day.

For the avoidance of doubt, the one at Temple Meads has gone now. My daughter had a decent bash at it before it went; her rendition of I Giorni brought tears to the eyes...

Shows how observant I am. I thought it was still there. I'm sure it was still in situ not that long ago. Most people I heard tickling the ivories were fairly competent, in fact I was sometimes hankering for the odd "Les Dawson" moment.


Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: bignosemac on April 14, 2019, 02:54:58 pm
in fact I was sometimes hankering for the odd "Les Dawson" moment.

Here you are then.



Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: martyjon on April 14, 2019, 04:27:11 pm
There is one in Bristol Bus Station and is regularly being played. Wish I had kept up with my lessons when I went from Junior School to Senior School but homework and piano practise became too much and homework won to my regret.


Title: Re: Pianos at Stations
Post by: chuffed on April 14, 2019, 04:50:36 pm
As one who learnt to play at 8 years old, it has been a source of delight, income, and many friendships. Have since graduated to church organ, theatre organ and the most modern of keyboards, 57 years on. Most of those pianos played outside in public places are old bangers only really fit for the scrapheap, only tarted up externally with a bit of brighter paintwork. Have come across the occasional more modern Yamaha in Bologna station, Turin station and the Gateshead Sage centre. I am often pleasantly surprised just how good some of the teenagers/ early 20s players are, often without formal tuition or music reading. I would like to think that they started out on keyboards in primary school.
If you are a proficient player, (there is an informal audition), you might like to join the volunteer pianist team for an hour or two a week at Southmead hospital, Bristol, where there is a Steck baby grand piano in the atrium. You will have to undergo a DBS check before you are issued with a lanyard to play whatever you like to a passing audience and to patients in the wards above. Contact fresh.arts@nbt.nhs.uk



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