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Leeds' pop up pianos offer the chance for an impromptu tinkle

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Shaun Curnow

Some of the most promising young pianists from across the globe will be performing in Leeds over the next few weeks when the Leeds International Piano Competition kicks off. However, even have-a-go musicians can put on an impromptu show, thanks to a project called Me & My Piano.

Since it was founded in 1961, the triennial Leeds International Piano Competition (also know simply as 'The Leeds') has helped discover some of the greatest pianists of our time and is considered one of the most prestigious piano competitions in the world. The competition prizes are highly valued by musicians as a platform for huge recognition and career advancement.

Having whittled down more than 300 entries to a list of 69 hopefuls from more than 14 different countries, the competition starts on August 26, where they will be performing at the University of Leeds' Great Hall until September 8.

Of course, we aren't all world class musical virtuosos. But that's where Me & My Piano comes in. This exciting new art installation has been created in conjunction with The Leeds and sees a dozen pianos dotted across the city, free for the public to play or engage with. 

Me & My Piano

Me & My Piano launched on August 22 and will run until September 12, and each piano has been treated to an exciting makeover, courtesy of a number of artists and organisations including Scrap, Bramley Lawn, Slung Low and the Big Hoo-ha.

The pianos can be found at 12 different locations, including City Square, the Merrion Centre, Lands Lane, the Carriageworks, Trinity Leeds and Leeds Town Hall.

You can see the location below, or visit the website for a larger map. 

Me & My Piano

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