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Leeds Piano Competition unveils audience engagement events

11:45, 11th July 2018

The Leeds International Piano Competition has unveiled a programme of engagement events around the triennial competition, which runs from 6-15 September.

Piano+ will feature masterclasses, talks and insight events with members of the competition jury, including Imogen Cooper and LIPC co-artistic director Paul Lewis.

These events will be hosted by the University of Leeds, in its recently restored Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall. In addition, the university’s Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery will host an exhibition of remarkable historic pianos, including those owned and played by Chopin and Haydn.

The Leeds Piano Trail will see 12 pianos stationed in iconic locations across the city centre from 17 August. These will be available for the public to play, and local music students and pianists will host ‘mini recitals’.

The ‘World’s Smallest Concert Hall’ will be created in a specially-fitted shipping container in Leeds city centre, hosting a daily programme of free events, recitals, and taster piano lessons from 10-14 September.

Adam Gatehouse, LIPC co-artistic director, said: ‘We are thrilled to be finding such exciting new ways of connecting the competition to the city of Leeds, its residents and visitors as well as to the wider Yorkshire community.

‘We want to celebrate and champion the piano by creating accessible and innovative piano-centered activities, events and programmes, and share our passion for the piano engagingly and imaginatively with the widest possible audience.’


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