The Broadmead BID team were delighted to sponsor one of the pianos that featured in Luke Jerram’s Play Me, I’m Yours project, a musical trail around Bristol. The piano, beautifully decorated by John Edwin Collett, was located near Vodafone in Bristol Shopping Quarter from 17 August until 7 September, with members of the public invited to play at any time between 8am and 10pm each day. Visiting musicians included Bristol Amateur Operatic Society, who performed songs from their forthcoming production of Legally Blonde, and the author and illustrator of the Angus Management children’s book series who spent two days visiting as many pianos on the trail as possible to deliver musical storytelling sessions. At the end of the project the piano was the Broadmead BID team’s, to keep or give away. They decided to find it a new ‘forever’ home where it would be loved, cared for, and, most importantly, played. Via the Bristol Shopping Quarter website and social media accounts Bristol shoppers were invited to nominate local groups, organisations or venues for consideration. More than 25 nominations were received, and it was a tough choice, but on Friday 8 September the piano said farewell to Broadmead and set off for its new home at May Park Primary School in Eastville. The school is attended by 740 pupils who between them represent 56 different nationalities. The project received a vast amount of publicity featuring in TV news broadcasts, print media, and local news websites.
“As manager of an independent retailer on the edge of the BID area, I really appreciate the work the BID team does to help promote all its businesses, especially events like the annual Easter trail that encourage shoppers to explore the whole area.”
Andy Hills, Antics