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World’s Smallest Concert Hall

This September saw the World’s Smallest Concert Hall come to Leeds! LIPC worked with Leeds BID to bring music and piano activities to the visitors and residents of Leeds on the 11th – 14th September. In the very centre of the city in Victoria Gardens, outside the Leeds Art Gallery, we installed a shipping container complete with a baby grand piano!

There were live performances every day by members of our illustrious Jury, some of the top concert pianists in the world, as well as Competitors from the 2018 competition.

As well as hearing our competitors live, video performances from the Great Hall as Competitors perform in competition sessions were streamed live, as well as the first round performances!

Special sessions and activities took place in the Container, including music making activities for the very young for their first introduction to the piano through storytelling, an arts and craft workshop and piano taster lessons. All offered for free and all to celebrate and share the joy of the piano.

Come and discover more about this instrument, experience live performances and be part of the biggest and best Leeds International Piano Competition yet!

Musical Storytelling Session for Families

Made with Music and Leeds International Piano Competition introduced children to the piano for the very first time in an afternoon of free family music and fun. With storytelling, live piano and participatory musical play, this was a unique musical family experience for children aged 0-5. We told one of our favourite stories, The Bear and Piano, to the children and their best teddy bears!

Getting Creative – The Piano and Art

People spent the morning in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall getting creative! Inspired by beautiful piano music from this year’s competition and led by expert artist Miriam Laville, we gave people the opportunity to relax and enjoy making their own arts and crafts projects.

Manic Chord Theatre

Piano and Theatre

Manic Chord is a national touring theatre company based in Leeds, founded by Alex Monk, David Cartwright and Sam Berrill. The company began life as three individuals who had a shared curiosity about the world and met whilst studying at the University of Leeds.

Manic Chord Theatre presented an Introduction to This is Yesterday. This performance lecture come mini-concert gave insight into a brand new work exploring up to date Alzheimers research alongside re-imagined classical music.  The performance saw the deconstruction of the brain, a piano and Chopin’s Nocturne 48, no.1 in C minor in a conscious effort to understand the inner workings of the brain and the fundamentals of our identity.

Piano Taster Lessons

People of all ages and backgrounds joined us in the World’s Smallest Concert for free taster and refresher piano lessons with Liam Brigg. Those new to the piano were given an introduction to how the instrument works, and had the opportunity to learn the basic techniques required for piano playing. Liam is a composer, pianist and teacher who received his BA and MMus from Leeds College of Music. He is an experienced music teacher with a passion for getting everyone aged 6 – 106 playing and enjoying the piano.

Live Piano Performances

In 2018, for the first time, we threw open the doors of the competition to people across Leeds with live performances in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall. At breakfast, lunchtime and after work, Competitors and jury members performed mini recitals in a fun, accessible and informal atmosphere.