Kevin plays live while HHFilm Festival set up screen and sound system outside the railway station. As folk come home from work dazed from the Friday evening commute – they glance around puzzled as they side step around people on the pavement piecing together a cinema screen and passing leads and mikes around putting a sound system together. Clearly they have done this before.
Within an hour Herne Hill Station forecourt transforms into an outdoor cinema,- a natural auditorium it is filled with a few hundred people who are now settling with drinks, blankets or chairs or all three. They are so comfortable and cozied up it’s if the cinema was there every night.
Big thank you to Herne Hill Free Film Festival for inviting us to screen the piano film on their Launch evening.
I don’t know how often a film is screened in the exact spot that it was made and is watched by the people who are in it. The piano was even wheeled out so could of course get a better view of itself on the big screen in the starring role. The atmosphere was wonderful and I think managed to warm people enough to stay entranced on an evening that was actually quite cold. It was just the best possible location – ever – to have the first screening – So Multos Gratias to HHFFF and especially to Ken Jones for supporting us from day one.
Kevin Phelan travels London tracking down the street pianos and has played pretty much every single street piano in London over the past 6 years – he says only one or two managed to disappear before his arrival.
‘I am particularly fond of the Herne Hill piano because the condition of the tuning is much better than usual (…Thanks to Roy) and because of the community buzz here……” – Thanks for coming Kevin –