Click on the image above for a virtual tour of the grand hall.
Our next Lids Open Day will be on Friday June 28th ( 11am - 4pm ) in the West End Festival at Mackintosh Queens Cross. Registration for this event is now open here.

Lids Open Day was born at Glasgow Music's Festival of ' The Piano ', in the Grand Hall, City Halls, Candleriggs ~ November 2013.  This event offers people the chance to play high quality acoustic pianos ( often in grand places ) irrespective of age or ability. The list of host venues is growing, with City Halls, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Library & Mackintosh Queens Cross all opening their piano lids to us. Past venues include: St Margaret's Episcopal Church, Pollok House and the Pearce InstituteSo . . . if you know of a great piano out there somewhere in a venue that would be happy to join in ~ please get in touch here. Meantime, you can also listen to Anna Magnusson's piece for Radio Scotland's 'Sunday Morning With . . .' show, with Rikki Ross that aired on June 18th 2017. Anna joined Alan, Graeme, Grace and all the other players on the day and played a tune herself ! 

Anna Magnusson Radio Piece at the Mitchell Library Lids Open Day.mp3

Lids Open Days are not primarily about 'entertainment' or performance . . . though great moments of musicianship can often happen here. Instead they are intended to create opportunities for connection between: musician & instrument and player & audience while also giving space for moments of contact within each person too. The expectation of entertainment, naturally present in paying audiences, can easily get in the way of some or all of this so our events are intended to welcome imperfection and expand our understanding and expectations of listening to ourselves and others playing music in public. Wherever possible ( depending on realities of each host venue ) we also aim to offer participants a choice about whether you want to invite along a small audience of family and friends, have some informal tuition or just enjoy 15 mins of playing time, without any ears around carrying the usual expectations of being entertained. 

We aim to run seasonal LOD events each year ~ Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter ~ adding new venues & returning to grand places that we have visited before. You can watch videos from previous Lids Open Day events above & below, including a 1hr long film. Enjoy ! 

Doors Open Day Festival Week  from 2015-17 saw many venues opening their piano lids too including: The Merchants House, Flourish House, The Savings Bank, Mackintosh Queens Cross, the Britannia Panopticon and many more . . . 

Alan Kenny & Ian Stewart playing 'Big Mary' in the Pearce Institute.

  Beth Moore at GRCH . . . enjoying " the best 20 minutes of my life "