Pianodrome
Pianodrome

Player Piano: Pianodrome at Royal High School Building Edinburgh

Title:
Pianodrome

Dates:
1 Jul 2022 – 11 Sep 2022

Times:
See website for opening times

Venue:
Old Royal High School
Edinburgh
Edinburgh & the Lothians

Following its debut during the recent Hidden Door festival in the historic Old Royal High building in Edinburgh, Pianodrome remains in place as the world’s first fully playable venue. Built entirely from reclaimed and upcycled pianos, from the seats to the stairs to the backrests, the mini-amphitheatre even has full piano scales embedded into the structure so that audiences play or experiment with an antique, fully-tuned piano before or after each performance. The programme includes free lunchtime recitals, Sunday folk sessions, traditional music artists presented by local promoters Soundhouse, a Maxwell Quartet album launch and a full Festival Fringe programme.

Artmag enjoyed a lunchtime concert at Edinburgh’s Old Royal High building in Edinburgh, where the unique Pianodrome – constructed from pianos, many of them strung and tuned – literally plays its part in the presentation, with the strings from eight pianos resonating with Ian Sankey’s solo trombone piece, and sounding a long trail of gentle echoing ambient notes after each phrase.

Joe Snape (left) and Ian Sankey performing a lunchtime concert at Pianodrome
Joe Snape (left) and Ian Sankey performing a lunchtime concert at Pianodrome.

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