Alan Kenny with Tom Binns. Tom is the piano whisperer – he is single handedly and mostly voluntarily filling Glasgow city with pianos. “He always makes sure each one has a stool – a chair won’t do!” said Alan and he should know he has played them all. The pianos are indoors available for public use and in venues from concert halls to social care centers and art galleries. An inspiration to cities across the world!
Upstairs in Glasgows main concert hall – one day could there be one in the Barbican, the South Bank or even Carnegie Hall?
Here the food is free and the piano is free. In an old peoples centre that is used by refugees for delicious lunches made with home grown produce – good vibes. Live music in lunch centers is the way they do it in Glasgow.
Flourish is a social care centre – the users painted the piano – “it was a great atmosphere ” said Tom. “We were all surprised by who could play the piano when it arrived – we would never have guessed the hidden talent” the manager said.
The psychiatric hospital has one too. “It makes the place feel homely and blend in with rest of city – something enjoyable and fun on the hospital premises makes a massive difference,” said member of staff. One resident comes down daily to play and the visitors and staff enjoy – relaxation in the air.
All public pianos need a tuner who ‘gets’ public pianos and Alasdair Russell is Glasgows man. Regularly tuning them with care and generosity the pianos are in great shape. Here he is tuning the piano at a local stables on outskirts of city.
And the swimming pool that was nearly closed down until the community took it over, after they turned it into an arts centre they installed a baby grand and they now have funding to completely refurbish – amazing what happens when you have a piano in your midst!
Going uptown – to the beautiful Leiper art gallery – a free piano for public use – amazing – congratulations Ewan – for breaking the mould – elegance and expression can go together! He says “art generates conversation and music generates conversation – makes sense to have them together.”