Public Pianos – Police Edition!
It seems that not a week can go by without a public piano somewhere in the UK being in the news. These pianos are so regularly at the centre of heart-warming news stories that they are practically a weekly occurrence. This week, it is a couple of police officers playing one of the two pianos in St Pancras Train Station, London that has caught the attention of the masses.
Police on Public Piano – the Video
In a video which has now gone viral across social media and Youtube, the fluorescent bobbies can be seen walking through the station before sitting at the piano for a few minutes. The crowds had gathered before they even started to play and perhaps a little sadly they all had their smartphones in hand, ready to film (is it too much to just listen without having to record it?!).
One of the police officers broke out into a head-bobbing jazz bass line and the audience could immediately be seen enjoying the spectacle with some even having a little bop. The other officer came in a little later with a simple and fun improve line over the top – complete with some good humoured glissandi. While the raucous music clearly wasn’t to everyone’s taste, it brought spirits up and undoubtedly brightened the otherwise dull days of some of London’s commuters. The video can be seen here, if you are interested.
Public Pianos are not just for Police
Public pianos are becoming more and more of a phenomenon in the UK every year, and this is largely thanks to digital pianos. Many pianists are deciding to swap their old, out of tune uprights for shiny new electric pianos. While digital pianos certainly aren’t for everyone, there are many positive reasons why they are easier to manage than an acoustic instrument. These reasons usually win over families with young children and students. Instead of then taking old upright pianos to the tip, they are donated to charities where they will become street pianos, or public pianos. The whole process is wonderful and encourages music in the most unlikely places.