Friday, 6 July 2012

Play Me, I'm Yours!

Maestro! As part of the 50th anniversary of the City of London festival, ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ offers Londoners the chance to show off their nimble fingers as fifty street pianos are scattered across London town.

Initially commissioned in Birmingham in 2008, ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ has taken off at lightning speeds and set off on a musical journey across the world. The project enters its fourth year in London and will stay on our streets until the 13th July 2012. UK artist Luke Jerram offers city dwellers the chance to contribute to the sights and sounds of London, as the musical give their fingers to the public. Jerram states that these street pianos are intended to inspire Londoners to engage with their city, allowing for increased self-expression and community spirit. Transporting hundreds of second hand pianos to areas in which musical instruments are not common place, he offers a gift to the community that will be valued on both a personal and social level. As they say - one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold!

So if you fancy a tinker, locate your nearest street piano today and start tickling those ivories! City of London Festival has set up a website for Londoners and tourists to promote their street performances and organize events to make the most of these urban pianos. You can also have a look at photos and video performances, if you need a bit of inspiration.


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