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New artwork in conjunction with the Leeds Piano Trail and Leeds International Piano Competition adorn the Windows of Leeds letters in Leeds Station, designed by Leeds illustrator Joe Boyd.

Leeds is all set to celebrate the piano in grand style.

Instruments are at the ready for the start of four weeks of events in conjunction with the Leeds International Piano Competition to illustrate the appeal and playfulness of the piano.

A dozen beautifully decorated pianos will be in situ in iconic locations across the city centre from tomorrow (Friday 17th August) for members of the public to play and enjoy as part of the Leeds Piano Trail, brought to the city by the Competition in association with LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District).

The pianos, supplied by Leeds-based Besbrode Pianos, have each been striking decorated by local artists, art students, schoolchildren and community groups and include an illuminated instrument, one with a covering of fur and another which has been soundproofed and fitted with a gramophone funnel to distort the sound.

The pianos, popping up in Leeds Station, Trinity Leeds, the Corn Exchange, Kirkgate Market, University of Leeds and Central Square among others, are there for people to try their hands at the keys as well as hosting an array of musical performances by local music students and pianists, Competition alumni, competitors and celebrity guests! People can pick up a specially produced map and visit pianotrail.welcometoleeds.co.uk to discover all 12 and find out more about forthcoming performances.

Violinist Esther Abrami and members of the Yorkshire Young Sinfonia are taking centre stage at a number of pianos to mark the launch of the trail on Friday lunchtime, with Leeds Station and Trinity Leeds among the locations.

Classic FM, the UK’s most popular classical music station, is media partner for the Leeds Piano Trail and will broadcast its popular More Music Breakfast show, presented by Tim Lihoreau, from its studios in Leeds on Friday 14th September.