Last updated: 18th June 2017
Welcome to Glasgow Piano City. There are loads of pianos out there for you to play ( 15 at present ) so what are you waiting for . . .
Anna Magnusson Radio Piece at the Mitchell Library Lids Open Day.mp3
Next LOD, Grand Hall, City Halls, Sunday July 30th, Merchant City Festival. Book your slot here. Meantime . . . listen to Anna Magnusson's piece for Radio Scotland's ' Sunday Morning with . . . ' show, from June 18th 2017.
Mon the Bees. A short film condensing a week of piano decoration ~ into just 12 magical minutes.
BEATRIX ROSE is currently on display in Mackintosh Queens Cross and has been a labour of love for Avril Paton over the last few months as she has transformed this piano donation ( from the kiehlmann family ) into a thing of beauty. You can play this piano when you visit MQC . . . as long as Avril is not working on some finishing touches ! The intention is for this piano to become an inspiration to other artists, people, children, schools and community groups to decorate their old pianos and bring them a new lease of life. We also hope to secure funding and make this piano & venue part of our wider 'Pianos on Prescription' initiative.
PIANOS on PRESCRIPTION
Recent articles in The Scots Magazine ( Nov 2016 ) and the Times on July 14th, ( Scottish edition ) have both highlighted ' Pianos on Prescription ' and our aim to seek funding to offer informal piano tuition to those most in need. Along with our recent success in winning an award for 'Social Innovation' from Firstport, we hope that 2017 is the year we take some new steps forward with this idea. We also found our way onto episode 4 ( Series 24 ) of Dè a-nis? BBC Alba ~ on a nippy whistle-stop tour of some of our pianos & STV Glasgow News coverage of the Mackintosh Festival. Click on the image opposite or links above to read the articles.
PIANO LOCATIONS We currently have around 15 acoustic pianos in residence ~ at a variety of locations around the city for you to play and enjoy. You can see them on our Locations Page. Please bear in mind there is often a bit of piano hopscotch going on too ~ so sometimes a piano may be on holiday !
MING is still happily taking in the skyline up on the viewing platform on level 6, at the Lighthouse. Accessed by lift only ~ this is a great place to play piano !
LIBBY is now available to play in 'By Distinction Art' ( 100 Byres Rd ) Neo has left the stage at Spoon Cafe, Spencer has just arrived in MAKLAB & 'Hugh' is back in Cafe FIKA, Partick ~ with a new 'Kemble' now at the Project Cafe too ~ Enjoy !
BiG MaRY is now happily settled in at the Pearce Institute, Govan, where she has been decorated by Martha Steed in honour of Mary Barbour. We aim to run our Lids Open Days and piano tuition from here in the future.
You can see a video of Custard's whole decoration process Mon the Bees, on our YouTube Channel, by scrolling up this page a little . . . and another short film of BiG MaRY's arrival at the Pearce Institue by clicking on her name.
Playing it by Ear ~ Pianos on Prescription
Awards for All funding allowed us to give away 100 Hours of tuition at a range of locations and events in 2015/16. We aim to continue this in the future, developing 'Pianos on Prescription' ~ offering piano tuition with the intention of both nurturing musicianship & supporting people in everyday life to cope with isolation, loneliness and long term health conditions.
Click on the image opposite to read some evaluation feedback from participants.
All our pianos are on Loan at each host venue ~ and you can join this growing list too ! We also offer high quality pianos for Hire for performances, events, conferences and anything you can think of really. Whatever the occasion ~ we have a piano to suit.