As part of the worldwide Piano Day Festival founded by pianist and composer Nils Frahm, the global, annual festival ‘Piano Day’ will be held for the fourth year at the Barbican. The festival will be taking place on the 29th of March, the 88th day of the year, due to the number of keys on the Piano. Pretty cool right? Piano Day aims to promote global recognition of the instrument, to inspire more piano players of all ages and abilities worldwide and to promote piano playing in public places.
So what does the festival involve? Last year 42 separate cities hosted over 70 performers and artists and this year, London’s Piano Day celebrations will be kicking off with a special event at the Barbican Centre’s Milton Court. Specifically, the event will showcase several world-premieres by three virtuoso composers and performers. British artist Poppy Ackroyd will present her new album ‘Resolve’, Ukrainian Marina Baranova will reinterpret Claude Debussy compositions in the light of the twenty-first century. Baranova’s aim being to uncover hidden aspects and deeper connections within the well-known melodies. German pianist Florian Christl will conclude the event with a premiere of pieces from his upcoming album ‘Inspiration’. His compositions are inspired by his homeland, in particular, the breath-taking scenery and solitude of the Bavaria Alps.
You might be wondering what is the point of Piano Day? Or why celebrate the Piano as opposed to any other instrument? Well in the words of the founder Nils Frahm: “Why does the world need a Piano Day? For many reasons. But mostly, because it doesn’t hurt to celebrate the piano and everything about it: performers, composers, piano builders, tuners, movers and most important, the listener.”
For more information, visit: https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/piano-day-poppy-ackroyd-marina-baranova-florian-christl
Tickets (are very reasonably priced) at £10 or £5 for Young Barbican Members’, a scheme which is free to join for people aged between 14-25 years old as part of the ‘Young Barbican Scheme’. For more information on discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment for young people, visit: https://www.barbican.org.uk/join-support/young-barbican
There is nothing left for me to say except to urge you to book your ticket for a truly immersive and cultured event. I hope to see you there!