Play Me (Again), I'm Yours!
The streets of London are about be lined with pianos once again, as Play Me, I'm Yours makes its third visit to the capital. The project, organised as part of the City of London Festival, is the brainchild of artist Luke Jerram. Twenty pianos will be placed in urban spaces between Monday 27th June and Sunday 17th July, for members of the public to play as they walk past. The instruments will be decorated with colourful artwork to reflect the theme of this year's event, music and art from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The fiftieth anniversary of the death of Percy Grainger, one of Australia's quirkiest pianists, will be celebrated. Clusters of street pianos will converge in Paternoster Square on Sunday 26th June, to ring out his best-known works in an exciting promenade performance by students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Centre for Young Musicians. Country Gardens will of course feature, but listen out too for a new commission from the Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin (performed by the King's Singers).