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Leeds International Piano Competition & Piano Trail

 

As the only university partner of Leeds Business Improvement District (LeedsBID), we are supporting the city of Leeds as it tunes up to celebrate the piano in style and gets ready to host an orchestra of events in conjunction with the Leeds International Piano Competition.

 

The Leeds International Piano Competition

The competition, formerly the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, sees some of the best young pianists from around the globe compete for the top prize. The competition is taking place from 6 - 15 September and to mark the occasion, an innovative packed programme of piano-themed activities has been planned for audiences across the city to take part in and enjoy.

 

Leeds Piano Festival & Beyond

This year saw the first ever Leeds Piano Festival take place in May, featuring events in both Leeds and London with the aim of engaging the wider city and region. In addition to this, there are numerous events taking place across Leeds in August and September.

The World's Smallest Concert Hall is coming to the city centre – a specially-fitted shipping container, located in Victoria Gardens near Leeds Town Hall, which will be the venue for an exciting daily programme of free events including 10-minute recitals by competitors and jury members, taster piano sessions and other engagement pieces. The city will also host a range of talks, masterclasses, exhibitions, free family activities and concerts as well as the Leeds Piano Trail, which sees a number of buildings transformed with twelve individually decorated pianos.

The pianos are being decorated by local artists, primary school children and community groups, including a one-off piece of art created by students from the School of Art, Architecture & Design.

The pianos will be seen throughout the city from 17 August - 16 September across twelve locations including Kirkgate Market; Leeds City Museum; Leeds Train Station; Corn Exchange and other Leeds landmarks and Leeds Beckett University’s Rose Bowl building.

The trail will not only feature pianos that will be available for the public to play, but will also host 'mini recitals' by local music students and pianists, and see pop-up performances by Competition alumni, competitors and celebrity guests to spark the interest and imagination of the millions of visitors, residents and workers who can visit, hear and play the pianos this summer.

For further information visit: pianotrail.welcometoleeds.co.uk

The Leeds Beckett Piano

As part of Leeds Beckett University’s contribution to the celebration of all things piano some of our amazing students have applied their creativity in producing their own unique piece of piano art.

Recent graduate Harrison Hirst and first-year students Libby Howarth and Olivia Wrighton, all from our BA (Hons) Fine Art Course, have brought their design to life using a range of different materials and techniques. Their brilliant animal-themed piano will reside in the Rose Bowl where it can be seen until 16 September.

Speaking about the project, Harrison said: “It’s been a good challenge. We need to be careful not to interfere with the mechanisms too much. In terms of painting it, it’s actually been reasonably straightforward to execute our idea… I’m excited and interested to see what people think of our design.”

Location: Ground Floor, the Rose Bowl Building, City Campus, LS1 3HB

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