‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ piano lessons pop up at St George’s… with Chopin for shoppers and Bach for dog walkers!

PIANO teacher Amelie Taylor is giving some free pop-up lessons as part of the ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ street piano trail in front of St George’s Bristol.

The concert hall, on Great George Street, is sponsoring one of 18 individually decorated pianos installed in public spaces across the city.

St George’s piano has been decorated by Mangostone – best known as prop designers for filmmakers such as Aardman Animation – with its own ‘mini-me’ style portico.

It is the 10th anniversary of the project, which is the brainchild of Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram and has seen 1,700 pianos in more than 55 cities across the world. In Bristol it runs to 7 September.

Amelie is offering tourists, shoppers, dog walkers and office workers mini piano lessons. Beginner and intermediary level piano players can take advantage of the lunchtime pop-up sessions.

She hopes ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ will encourage Bristolians and visitors to the city to have fun, enjoy the trail and be inspired to develop their musical skills. Organisers of the project report an increase in people taking piano lessons after ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ took to the streets in Australia.

Piano teacher Amelie Taylor, who also works part-time at St George’s, commented: “Play Me, I’m Yours’ is such a wonderfully creative project. The St George’s team is thrilled with our piano, and we hope visitors and residents alike are inspired to play.”

Amelie added: “I will be offering free pop-up piano lessons as part of the project outside St George’s. We will have fun playing anything from Mozart, Bach and Chopin, to Lady Gaga.”

Artist Luke Jerram said: “There are so many people who’d like to learn piano, or have some degree of training in the past, but don’t have one at home to play. So using a street piano for teaching is a great idea!”

St George’s regularly welcomes the world’s leading pianists such as Angela Hewitt, James Rhodes, Paul Lewis, the Labèque Sisters, and Reinis Zarins, and contemporary artists Alexis Taylor and Belinda O’Hooley, playing on its Steinway.

The full list of ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ locations are At-Bristol, Beacon House (University of Bristol), Bristol Bus and Coach Station, Bristol and Bath Science Park, Broadmead, Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Harbourside, next to Watershed, Knowle West Media Centre, Paintworks, St Nicholas Market, Tobacco Factory, The Bearpit, The Galleries Shopping Centre, The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol Temple Meads, Wapping Wharf and Windmill Hill City Farm.

St George’s Bristol is also working with artist Luke Jerram on the Apollo sculpture which will hang in the new extension due to open at the end of February.

‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ is funded through sponsors, including St George’s Bristol, a crowdfund appeal and an Arts Council England grant.

See www.bristolstreetpianos.co.uk for more information on ’Play Me, I’m Yours’, follow @streetpianos and #bristolstreetpianos on Twitter, and go to stgeorgesbristol.co.uk for details of concerts and events this autumn

Photos by Mangostone