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Piano Day returns to London (and the world)

By | Published on Friday 8 March 2019

Piano Day

The 88th day of the year – aka Piano Day – is rapidly approaching, with various piano-focussed events already scheduled to take place. That day is 29 Mar, by the way. But I’m sure you knew that. I don’t think anything else of importance is due to happen that day.

In the UK, as is now traditional, the Barbican is fully on board and will be putting on a free event for people wishing to hear a nice bit of piano tinkling. Which is, I’m very sure, exactly how Pieter De Graaf and instrumental duo Ava, who will be performing, would like me to describe their work. Except perhaps Ava’s violinist Anna Phoebe, who probably doesn’t consider what she does ‘piano tinkling’. Bad luck, Anna. Get your own day. Maybe then we can talk about violin rubbing. Or whatever.

Speaking about Piano Day, which is celebrated the world over, its founder Nils Frahm says: “Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything around it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener”.

Come to think of it, that’s exactly what he says every year. I guess the point doesn’t change for year to year, though. Anyway, here are the other affiliated events in the UK currently set to take place on 29 Mar:

London, EartH: Luke Abbott, Jack Wyllie, Reeps One and Andrea Belfi
London, Jazz Café: Shaun Martin, Sarah Tandy and Elliot Galvin
London, Southbank Centre: Bill Laurance and Ashley Henry
London, Southbank Centre: Nico Casal
London, St James’ Church: Taz Modi
Leeds, Brudenell Social Club: Polar Institute, Me For Queen and Nathan Shubert

More information about Piano Day right here.