Now the dust has settled, we look back on what was a tremendous two weeks here at The Leeds as we celebrated our 20th Competition and Leeds Piano Trail across the city! It took months of preparation, many meetings and all of our hard-working staff, interns and volunteers to produce our programme events this September, and what a huge success it was!
Our Second Round kicked off on the 8 September at the Great Hall, University of Leeds. 22 Competitors performed over three days each with 40 minute programmes of solo piano music.
Our Second Round has officially started and we're delighted to be back at the Great Hall @universityofleeds to welcome back our wonderful audience after 3 years! Watch back on @medicitv and join us again for tonight's 7pm session, with more to come on Thursday and Friday! pic.twitter.com/c6bvgwHisu— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 8, 2021
After a long deliberation from our 9 Jury Members, 10 Competitors were selected to progress through to the Semi-Finals of our Competition to perform a 75 minute programme including contemporary and chamber works.
The Semi-Finals continue today! 🎹 Competitors will be accompanied by the talented chamber musicians @jack_liebeck, Laura van der Heijden and @CastalianQtet. Watch us live on @medicitv -> https://t.co/0tvctF7dk5 🔗 Book tickets for the Finals -> https://t.co/7QmDM5CYT1 🔗 pic.twitter.com/qhcWKiYgsg— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 13, 2021
Don't forget you can catch up after an exciting night at our Semi-final announcement @medicitv, and if you're in Leeds, why not join us we're back on the streets today and tomorrow with #LeedsPianoTrail2021! Find out more: https://t.co/zCx1Bgsktt pic.twitter.com/8pFhEA29MX— The Leeds (@leedspiano) September 11, 2021
Our 5 Finalists took to the stage at Leeds Town Hall on the 17 & 18 September to a full house, eagerly waiting to hear their concerto performances accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Andrew Manze.
The Leeds Piano Trail
As if we didn’t have enough excitement with our Competition events, our #LeedsPianoTrail2021 ran over a two-week-long festival between 4-19 September! The Trail entailed 11 Pianos, 10 sculptures created by our partners at Pianodrome and over 100 events and performances dotted around the city.
Read more about our Pianos, Artists and Sculptures here.
Good morning! The @ClassicFM More Music Breakfast coming to you live from #Leeds to mark the @leedspiano I went on the Leeds Piano Trail yesterday (pics) and met with the wonderful @kathystott Music in honour across the morning. pic.twitter.com/x17NkKEEpJ— Tim Lihoreau (@TimLihoreau) September 16, 2021
“The event raised our spirits and brought us together in solidarity at what is a difficult time in our lives and communities due to the on-going effects of the pandemic.” – Community Group Member
It’s been a fantastic week of @leedspiano action in the city. If you are looking for something to do this weekend, check out the Piano Trail, including the piano sculpture on campus. Get involved with a guide from @LeedsBID:https://t.co/ERt1F5jW7A pic.twitter.com/0QRZLki4eP— University of Leeds (@UniversityLeeds) September 10, 2021