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World’s Smallest Concert Hall

This September visit the World’s Smallest Concert Hall! LIPC are working 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 will install a shipping container complete with a baby grand piano!

There will be 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. Be prepared to be amazed with their incredible keyboard skills and visit at breakfast and lunchtime daily to enjoy and relax to beautiful music.

As well as hearing our competitors live we will be streaming video performances from the Great Hall as Competitors perform in competition sessions daily, and just ahead of the finals you’ll be able to catch the finalists first round performances and see where their journey with The Leeds started! So pop along, take a seat in deckchair, and let the music astound you!

Watch out too for announcements about special sessions and activities taking place in the Container, we will have music making activities for the very young for their first introduction to the piano through storytelling, an art 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

Tuesday 11 September

Stories at 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm

For children aged 0-5 accompanied by an adult

Join Made with Music and Leeds International Piano Competition on Tuesday 11 September and introduce your 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 promises to be a unique musical family experience for children aged 0-5. We will be telling one of our favourite stories, The Bear and Piano, at 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm so be sure to bring along your best teddy bear to enjoy the story too! Sessions take place in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall, a specially designed shipping container in Victoria Gardens outside Leeds Art Gallery and are free for children and their accompanying adults to attend.

Book by emailing blair@leedspiano.com with your preferred session, there are 7 child spaces available per session. Children must be accompanied at all times by their adult.

Getting Creative – The Piano and Art

Wednesday 12 September

10am – 12pm

Drop in friendly and creative art session for all.

On Wednesday 12 September you can spend the morning in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall getting creative! Join Leeds International Piano Competition in our shipping container in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery, for free music inspired art and craft activities. Inspired by beautiful piano music from this year’s competition and led by expert artist Miriam Laville you can relax and enjoy making your own artistic creations to take home. Free of charge and no need to book in advance the session will run from 10am – 12pm, pop in any time, relax and have a listen to wonderful piano music and have a fun morning of making.

Manic Chord Theatre

Piano and Theatre

Wednesday 12 September

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.

Performance Lecture:

7.30pm – 9pm

World’s Smallest Concert Hall

Manic Chord Theatre present an Introduction to This is Yesterday. This performance lecture come mini-concert will give an insight into a brand new work exploring up to date Alzheimers research alongside re-imagined classical music.  The performance will see 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.

If you’d like to attend the event please contact David Cartwright by email on dave@manicchordtheatre.co.uk

Piano Taster Lessons

Monday 10 September – 4.30pm – 6pm

Wednesday 12 September – 12.45pm – 4pm

Thursday 13 September – 10am – 12pm

Friday 14 September – 9.30am – 12pm

Always wanted to have a go at the piano? Now you can! Join us in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall for a taster of refresher lesson. If you’re never tried the keys before or if it’s been years since you pulled up a piano stool book a lesson with Leeds International Piano Competition and Liam Brigg for a free lesson! Those new to the piano can expect an introduction to how the instrument works, and will be given the opportunity to learn the basic techniques required for piano playing, and if you’ve played before you’ll have a chance to top of your skills. 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.

Book by emailing blair@leedspiano.com with your preferred session and you will be booked a 20 minute lesson.

Live Piano Performances

Tuesday 11 September – 12pm Performance by Sa Chen

Wednesday 12 September – 8.30am Performance by 2018 Competitors, 12.30pm Performance by Imogen Cooper and Shai Wosner

Thursday 13 September – 12pm Performance by Paul Lewis, 12.30pm Performance by Henning Kraggerud and Lars Vogt, 4.30pm Performance by 2018 Competitors


Every three years the Leeds International Piano Competition brings young pianists from across the world to demonstrate their musical skills and piano prowess! In 2018, for the first time, we are throwing the doors of the competition open to people across Leeds with live performances in the World’s Smallest Concert Hall. Join us for a breakfast, lunchtime or after work pop up recital in a fun, accessible and informal atmosphere. Experience live piano played by 2018 Competitors and our world renowned jury members and prepare to be amazed during these mini recitals. Whether this is your first time or you’re a piano aficionado – all are welcome for these free, fun, live events.