Station piano strikes chord with travellers

Station piano strikes chord with travellers

Station piano strikes chord with travellers

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AFTER a weekend in place the piano at Brighton station is still striking a chord with rail passengers.

Taking pride of place in the centre of the station concourse the red and yellow piano has been delighting commuters young and old as they travel through.

The idea was the brainchild of Labour parliamentary candidate for Hove Peter Kyle, but was brought to life by the Brighton Piano Warehouse.

The craftsmen at the warehouse, which has been trading for over 40 years, got in touch with Mr Kyle and the piano was commissioned.

The piano was picked out and given a striking red and yellow seaside pavilion-esque paint job by Lewes artist Paul Harrison.

Gemma Prior-Shooter, from Brighton Piano Warehouse, said: “The idea of a Punch and Judy theme seemed perfect for Brighton being by the sea.

“We decided on clear Perspex windows on the front panel of the piano so that visually you can see the workings inside, which makes it more interesting for children.

“We decided to write Southern Railway Please Play Me as a thank you to Southern Rail for allowing a piano to be placed in the station.

“The piano has a fantastic central position and is there for anyone to have a play.”

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1:24pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rolivan says...

Perhaps Peter Kyle saw the Piano at Rennes and thought what a good idea so rather than being a brainchild his 'idea' was just copying somebody else whose brainchild idea it was.
Perhaps Peter Kyle saw the Piano at Rennes and thought what a good idea so rather than being a brainchild his 'idea' was just copying somebody else whose brainchild idea it was. rolivan
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1:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

s_james says...

rolivan wrote:
Perhaps Peter Kyle saw the Piano at Rennes and thought what a good idea so rather than being a brainchild his 'idea' was just copying somebody else whose brainchild idea it was.
There’s one at St. Pancras too but its still a great idea
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Peter Kyle saw the Piano at Rennes and thought what a good idea so rather than being a brainchild his 'idea' was just copying somebody else whose brainchild idea it was.[/p][/quote]There’s one at St. Pancras too but its still a great idea s_james
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1:38pm Wed 6 Aug 14

rolivan says...

s_james wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Perhaps Peter Kyle saw the Piano at Rennes and thought what a good idea so rather than being a brainchild his 'idea' was just copying somebody else whose brainchild idea it was.
There’s one at St. Pancras too but its still a great idea
Never said it was a bad idea just that he wasn't the Brainchild.
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: Perhaps Peter Kyle saw the Piano at Rennes and thought what a good idea so rather than being a brainchild his 'idea' was just copying somebody else whose brainchild idea it was.[/p][/quote]There’s one at St. Pancras too but its still a great idea[/p][/quote]Never said it was a bad idea just that he wasn't the Brainchild. rolivan
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2:28pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Warren Morgan says...

Peter said himself this was inspired by the one at St Pancras
Peter said himself this was inspired by the one at St Pancras Warren Morgan
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2:48pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Martha Gunn says...

Kyle publically quoted the St. Pancras precedent.
Kyle publically quoted the St. Pancras precedent. Martha Gunn
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6:27pm Wed 6 Aug 14

spurious warnings says...

Hey, who cares where the idea came from, it's a wonderful thing.
Caught a train the other day and a man was playing some beautiful music, it sounded fantastic in that space and everyone was calm and lisatening to it -wonderful idea
Hey, who cares where the idea came from, it's a wonderful thing. Caught a train the other day and a man was playing some beautiful music, it sounded fantastic in that space and everyone was calm and lisatening to it -wonderful idea spurious warnings
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