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.
Headteacher Paul Bull said: “We were absolutely overjoyed to be nominated to receive this fantastically decorated ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’ piano. We are now its proud new recipients and I am not joking when I say, that within minutes of taking delivery of the piano and installing it in our front entrance hall, May Park children and adults alike were giving it a go! To be honest, those first magical musical moments encapsulate the joy of this project and demonstrate exactly why we are so privileged to be this piano’s new custodians. To think that this can provoke a child’s curiosity and inspire them to have a go, is just fabulous; on behalf of us all at May Park – thank you so much!”
Luke Jerram added: “I’m really delighted that Broadmead BID are donating this piano to May Park Primary School – I hope it inspires the children to play and enjoy music long into the future. What a great legacy for the project!”