We delivered a street piano on September 13th for public to play in the Grenfell Community art space Westway, London. The piano brings music to a neighbourhood in grief, after the tower block fire tragedy. Piano donated by John Reid Pianos and tuned by Roy Martin so it totally sings now. Beautiful community healing space created by amazing volunteers who have transformed the walkway under Westway over the past 3 months into a warm and welcoming community memorial space for all.
Letter from Marion who volunteers as her family live there:-
“The piano is being constantly played, by a hugely diverse array of people, all with that same look of absolute joy & happiness!
Tonight, after the silent vigil, the lovely young Moroccan & I played together, wow, so emotional & beautiful. My granddaughter got to play her duet with me and then all the kids wanted to learn it, somehow, we got it going really well, with loads of them! So much fun for those children who’ve been surrounded by sadness! One of the mum’s plucked up courage to play her funky couple of chords, someone started a chorus, others joined in, all moving, some dancing, singing, laughing, lost in that magic moment of spontaneous music, some of these people I’ve not seen even smile in the last three months.”
World premiere and our first festival selection we did not predict. It was South Korea! The amazing Film and Music Festival in Jecheon JIMFF. It was such a great experience taking the street piano documentary there. The film very well received – screened with Korean subtitles and great questions at the Q and A, a brilliant translator was there with us. The hospitality was supreme. They support the arts in an inspiring way. The festival was set in a beautiful lakeside location. We went to spend a few days in Seoul on way home, – it was filled with wonderful places and wonderful food! Would recommend a visit! It was all a wonderful reminder that music is without doubt a universal language.
Well it was homeless on October 1st. After the Piano Day Event it was wheeled past the shiny new one that had taken over its place and was locked away in storage at Herne Hill Station, safe but lonely.
It was then rescued for the third time in its history.
This time by Simon Nash who wheeled it (2 miles!) to his communal offices at Green Oil Ltd Brixton.
Our story in pictures.
Carrie in Clapham had a piano she no longer wanted – she answered our freecycle ad. We collected it took it to Clockwork Studios Loughborough Junction where Staffan Gnosspelius painted it beautifully. Then we brought it to its new home Clapham Junction Station.
Now travellers and station staff have more live music in their daily life – and get a chance to meet someone they may have not met before.
Henri Herbert boogie boogie maestro and street piano legend launched it for us Sat Oct 15th.
This is our documentary in a nutshell. The aim of the film is to inspire more stations, and neighourhoods to do the same. In the film we see the transformation these pianos make to city life and the lives of the people that play them.
We are raising funds to finish the film on an indiegogo crowdfunder.
Click here for indiegogo fund page
Take a peek at the perks – would you like your name/your friends name on the Clapham Piano £25 ?
Lets all have a great night at the Ritzy with DJ Wizard Jamie Renton £15
It would be exciting to have more pianos out there. Your support hugely appreciated!
We’re currently raising money by crowdfunding on Indigogo to enable us to finish our documentary. We’ve worked so so (so!) hard on it, but we can’t finish it without this final boost of money!
If you are able to donate anything at all we would be hugely grateful. If we can polish off the doc it means that the amazing individuals that we’ve spent the last few months, some even years, with can have their voices heard – and not just that, but we hope the film will really pave the way for more street pianos to be introduced in the UK and around the world.
Click here for our campaign page. Thank you! xxx
Date: Sat 15th October
Place: Clapham Junction Station Upper Front entrance.
Seeing as the aim of the film is to inspire more street pianos we decided to put a new street piano on the map at the same time as launching the crowdfunder.
Come hear Henri Herbert – boogie woogie legend of the St Pancras live in the station at 1.30.
We are on the last lap with our film Instrument of Change Street Piano.
We have done 90 percent of the work. Almost there!
To finish it off we need raise some funds for dubbing, grading, archive and legal costs.
Come listen! Come play! Keep live music alive! The piano will be available to play after 2pm.
It would be fabulous to see you there!
Here is Henri’s legendary session at St Pancras – 12 million views – it kickstarted his solo career!