Pianos at the ready as orchestra of events held in the city
Pic caption: New artwork in conjunction with the Leeds Piano Trail and Leeds International Piano Competition adorn the Windows of Leeds letters in Leeds Station, designed by Leeds illustrator Joe Boyd.
Leeds is celebrating the piano in grand style with an orchestra of events going ahead in conjunction with the Leeds International Piano Competition to illustrate the appeal and playfulness of the piano.
A dozen beautifully decorated pianos are in situ in iconic locations across the city centre between Friday 17th August-Sunday September 16thfor members of the public to play and enjoy as part of the Leeds Piano Trail, brought to the city by the Competition in association with LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District).
The pianos, supplied by Leeds-based Besbrode Pianos, have been striking decorated by local artists, art students, schoolchildren and community groups and can be found in locations including Leeds Station, Trinity Leeds, the Corn Exchange, Kirkgate Market, University of Leeds and Central Square among others. They are there for people to try their hands at the keys as well as hosting an array of musical performances by local music students and pianists, Competition alumni, competitors and celebrity guests!
People can pick up a specially produced map and visit pianotrail.welcometoleeds.co.uk to discover all 12 and find out more about forthcoming performances.
Leeds Piano Trail is part of an innovative packed programme of piano-themed events planned for audiences across the city to take part in and enjoy in the coming month in conjunction with the return of the prestigious competition to the city in September.
LeedsBID has been instrumental in supporting other headline activities including new piano-themed artwork unveiled in the Windows of Leeds letters in Leeds Station and the World’s Smallest Concert Hall located in Victoria Gardens in the vicinity of Leeds Town Hall in finals week from 10th-14thSeptember. This specially-kitted out shipping container will play host to an engaging daily programme of free eventsincluding 10-minute recitals by competitors and jury members, taster piano lessons, and talks and educational activities for local community groups so people can engage with this world-famous event in a new way.
The Leeds, as it is known, is held in the city every three years and is one of the world’s foremost music competitions. A host of talks, masterclasses, exhibitions, free family events and concerts have been added to the Competition, as well as a range of opportunities for the people of Leeds and beyond to get involved.
Keep up-to-date with all details pop-up performance and free events and activities as part of the Piano Trail and in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall by visiting
Ticketed public events and activities are on sale at leedspiano.com