Jamie Cullum surprises commuters with tube station gig8:37, 27th June 2018
As part of Yamaha and Transport for London’s #Platform88 initiative, which sees pianos installed in various tube stations across London for the public to play, Jamie Cullum yesterday treated commuters to a performance at Kings Cross.
A crowd gathered around the piano in the tube station’s northern ticket hall as Cullum, supported by bass and drums, performed pieces including ‘Sinnerman’, as made famous by Nina Simone, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ and his own ‘When I Get Famous’.
‘I really am so proud to be part of this,’ said Cullum. ‘I’m a massive fan of things that surprise people in public spaces, especially pianos. If you play, want to play or maybe haven’t played for a while, just stop and have a go and entertain. #Platform88 is a great opportunity to make magic with music in an everyday space – who knows who might be passing by.”
The Kings Cross piano is the third #Platform88 piano to be installed, the other two being at Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf. The three pianos will travel from station to station for the duration of the two-year partnership between Yamaha and TfL.
Yamaha’s Charles Bozon said: ‘Yamaha is all about enriching people through music-making. We are thrilled that these three pianos are providing entertainment and inspiration to thousands. We’ve had amazing feedback from people who have played, had a go for the first time, or just paused and listened. This third piano, at one of the world’s busiest stations, will allow even more people connect with music.’