Piano at Brighton station could be key to raising commuter spirits

Piano at Brighton station could be key to raising commuter spirits

Piano at Brighton station could be key to raising commuter spirits

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Commuters could get some musical entertainment while they wait for trains if a piano gets the go-ahead for Brighton station.

Peter Kyle, Labour parliamentary candidate for Hove, has offered to cover the costs of getting a piano on the terminal to bring some musical accompaniment to people’s daily commute.

Mr Kyle said: “Brighton and Hove is a creative city, packed full of talent.

“Just think how much of that talent passes through the wonderfully renovated central station at any one time?

“With all the delays and the travel chaos what better way to raise people’s spirits than to have a piano.”


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After seeing the people playing a piano stationed in St Pancras Station in London, Mr Kyle tweeted the offer to buy a piano for the Brighton platform for passers-by to stop and tickle the ivories.

He has also since sent a letter to Chris Burchell, managing director of Southern, making a formal offer to buy the piano.

Mr Kyle said in his letter: “I would love to work with you to see if a suitable place could be found in our fantastic station to place a piano.

“Think of the potential to delight passengers as they spend a moment waiting for a train, or at other times when it could dissipate the frustration felt by people facing delays or those who have been battered by the weather on their journey to the station.”

St Pancras International station currently has two old pianos on the station floor, both of which are readily available for public use.

Mr Kyle, who is himself not a |musician, said that while his first pledge would be to buy the piano, his second would be never to play it.

He also said he would cover any maintenance costs and the cost of having the piano removed should it be vandalised.

A spokesman for Southern said: “We think this is a great idea, but we have to look into the practicalities of it.

“We’ll be responding to Mr Kyle’s letter once we have gone through that process.”

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7:39am Fri 21 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

I think most commuters would rather see the trains clean, and running on time.
I think most commuters would rather see the trains clean, and running on time. Martin999
  • Score: -4

8:02am Fri 21 Feb 14

Eugenius says...

Nice idea and a generous offer.
Nice idea and a generous offer. Eugenius
  • Score: 6

8:04am Fri 21 Feb 14

tabman says...

What a great offer! It would bring a smile to people's faces. Not often I applaud a politician's suggestion!
What a great offer! It would bring a smile to people's faces. Not often I applaud a politician's suggestion! tabman
  • Score: 4

8:55am Fri 21 Feb 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Oh God no. I go to St Pancras station every day and the pianos there (there are two) really irritate me. Firstly they're horribly out of tune (they're not good quality ones) and secondly most of the people who attempt to play them are shockingly bad. How about a karaoke machine? I'm sure most commuters' spirits will be lifted by a few tuneless renditions of 'Angels'
Oh God no. I go to St Pancras station every day and the pianos there (there are two) really irritate me. Firstly they're horribly out of tune (they're not good quality ones) and secondly most of the people who attempt to play them are shockingly bad. How about a karaoke machine? I'm sure most commuters' spirits will be lifted by a few tuneless renditions of 'Angels' Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: -4

10:12am Fri 21 Feb 14

tykemison says...

I do not wish to sound grumpy but why on Earth do these people alway's want to force their idea's on to other's? If I want to listen to piano music whilst waiting for my cramped/delayed train I will listen on my music app, not be forced to listen to some half-talent playing out of tune on the station concourse, ridiculous idea.
I do not wish to sound grumpy but why on Earth do these people alway's want to force their idea's on to other's? If I want to listen to piano music whilst waiting for my cramped/delayed train I will listen on my music app, not be forced to listen to some half-talent playing out of tune on the station concourse, ridiculous idea. tykemison
  • Score: -4

12:10pm Fri 21 Feb 14

lawmarsh says...

A nice sentiment but he clearly doesn't use the station much as you can only make out the announcements if you stand before the barriers - it is very difficult to hear elsewhere due to the acoustics of the building....add in a piano and the announcements will be nigh on unfathomable....and my, there are a lot of important announcements at the moment with the shocking reliability of trains, electrical points, broken down trains, impacts of flooding....
A nice sentiment but he clearly doesn't use the station much as you can only make out the announcements if you stand before the barriers - it is very difficult to hear elsewhere due to the acoustics of the building....add in a piano and the announcements will be nigh on unfathomable....and my, there are a lot of important announcements at the moment with the shocking reliability of trains, electrical points, broken down trains, impacts of flooding.... lawmarsh
  • Score: 1

1:06pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

tykemison wrote:
I do not wish to sound grumpy but why on Earth do these people alway's want to force their idea's on to other's? If I want to listen to piano music whilst waiting for my cramped/delayed train I will listen on my music app, not be forced to listen to some half-talent playing out of tune on the station concourse, ridiculous idea.
Agreed. It obviously wasn't proposed by someone who isn't a regular commuter. Like most commuters I think I'm sometimes simply one more cancelled train away from becoming a mass-murderer. One of the reasons we don't snap is because we show respect to our fellow sufferers, if someone's music is too loud we politely ask them to turn it down - and a fellow commuter will do so with a polite 'sorry'.

So if people really think that when we're staring at a board full of cancelled and delayed trains that our spirits will be lifted by someone belting out "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts" they are very much mistaken.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: I do not wish to sound grumpy but why on Earth do these people alway's want to force their idea's on to other's? If I want to listen to piano music whilst waiting for my cramped/delayed train I will listen on my music app, not be forced to listen to some half-talent playing out of tune on the station concourse, ridiculous idea.[/p][/quote]Agreed. It obviously wasn't proposed by someone who isn't a regular commuter. Like most commuters I think I'm sometimes simply one more cancelled train away from becoming a mass-murderer. One of the reasons we don't snap is because we show respect to our fellow sufferers, if someone's music is too loud we politely ask them to turn it down - and a fellow commuter will do so with a polite 'sorry'. So if people really think that when we're staring at a board full of cancelled and delayed trains that our spirits will be lifted by someone belting out "I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts" they are very much mistaken. Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: 0

1:07pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Andy R says...

Very recently Peter Kyle was denouncing Mike Weatherley's ridiculous "campaign" to keep a Greggs open in George Street. He now appears to be having a Greggs moment of his own.

Cuts, floods, cost of living....remember any of those Mr Kyle?

Jeez, it's looking like a real Hobson's choice in Hove in the General Election!
Very recently Peter Kyle was denouncing Mike Weatherley's ridiculous "campaign" to keep a Greggs open in George Street. He now appears to be having a Greggs moment of his own. Cuts, floods, cost of living....remember any of those Mr Kyle? Jeez, it's looking like a real Hobson's choice in Hove in the General Election! Andy R
  • Score: -3

1:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Whoops, double negative in my second sentence there! Should be something like "It obviously was proposed by someone who isn't a regular commuter"
Whoops, double negative in my second sentence there! Should be something like "It obviously was proposed by someone who isn't a regular commuter" Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
  • Score: -4

1:39pm Fri 21 Feb 14

tykemison says...

Well said jimmy stewart's imaginary rabbit, this ludicrous idea sound's like something from a monty python sketch! How commuters at St.pancras put up with this is beyond me!
Well said jimmy stewart's imaginary rabbit, this ludicrous idea sound's like something from a monty python sketch! How commuters at St.pancras put up with this is beyond me! tykemison
  • Score: -3

3:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Martha Gunn says...

Andy R wrote:
Very recently Peter Kyle was denouncing Mike Weatherley's ridiculous "campaign" to keep a Greggs open in George Street. He now appears to be having a Greggs moment of his own.

Cuts, floods, cost of living....remember any of those Mr Kyle?

Jeez, it's looking like a real Hobson's choice in Hove in the General Election!
Poor Andy R!

If any idea, however lighthearted, doesn't conform to a transitional demand taking us closer to a Trotsky Fantasyworld, he gets the grumps.

Hobson's choice indeed - only to someone who indulges in the Infantile politics of the ultra-left.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: Very recently Peter Kyle was denouncing Mike Weatherley's ridiculous "campaign" to keep a Greggs open in George Street. He now appears to be having a Greggs moment of his own. Cuts, floods, cost of living....remember any of those Mr Kyle? Jeez, it's looking like a real Hobson's choice in Hove in the General Election![/p][/quote]Poor Andy R! If any idea, however lighthearted, doesn't conform to a transitional demand taking us closer to a Trotsky Fantasyworld, he gets the grumps. Hobson's choice indeed - only to someone who indulges in the Infantile politics of the ultra-left. Martha Gunn
  • Score: 4

3:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Andy R says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Andy R wrote:
Very recently Peter Kyle was denouncing Mike Weatherley's ridiculous "campaign" to keep a Greggs open in George Street. He now appears to be having a Greggs moment of his own.

Cuts, floods, cost of living....remember any of those Mr Kyle?

Jeez, it's looking like a real Hobson's choice in Hove in the General Election!
Poor Andy R!

If any idea, however lighthearted, doesn't conform to a transitional demand taking us closer to a Trotsky Fantasyworld, he gets the grumps.

Hobson's choice indeed - only to someone who indulges in the Infantile politics of the ultra-left.
Troll
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: Very recently Peter Kyle was denouncing Mike Weatherley's ridiculous "campaign" to keep a Greggs open in George Street. He now appears to be having a Greggs moment of his own. Cuts, floods, cost of living....remember any of those Mr Kyle? Jeez, it's looking like a real Hobson's choice in Hove in the General Election![/p][/quote]Poor Andy R! If any idea, however lighthearted, doesn't conform to a transitional demand taking us closer to a Trotsky Fantasyworld, he gets the grumps. Hobson's choice indeed - only to someone who indulges in the Infantile politics of the ultra-left.[/p][/quote]Troll Andy R
  • Score: -3

4:29pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Minion says...

I can imagine it now, at worst the dischordant sounds of kids smashing random keys, at best people who can barely play the Eastenders theme tune but can't remember the notes so have to keep starting over.
Anyone who can actually play piano is not likely to give a free concert.

People are not going to be soothed by listening to badly played and rarely tuned piano.
I can imagine it now, at worst the dischordant sounds of kids smashing random keys, at best people who can barely play the Eastenders theme tune but can't remember the notes so have to keep starting over. Anyone who can actually play piano is not likely to give a free concert. People are not going to be soothed by listening to badly played and rarely tuned piano. Minion
  • Score: -3

6:36pm Fri 21 Feb 14

melee says...

Never mind, you won't have to listen to it for long. Shall we have a sweepstake on how long before it gets vandalised?
I'm not a regular commuter (thank goodness) but one reason I get nervous about travelling by train is that I struggle to hear the announcements and frequently miss what is said. I always worry that I'm going to get on the wrong train, or even the wrong end of one that is going to split. I don't think someone plink plonking in the background is going to help my sanity!
Never mind, you won't have to listen to it for long. Shall we have a sweepstake on how long before it gets vandalised? I'm not a regular commuter (thank goodness) but one reason I get nervous about travelling by train is that I struggle to hear the announcements and frequently miss what is said. I always worry that I'm going to get on the wrong train, or even the wrong end of one that is going to split. I don't think someone plink plonking in the background is going to help my sanity! melee
  • Score: -2

2:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Mr chock says...

more noise pollution ? it might be nice to have a good pianist but who can stop a really bad playing pianist . ohh silence is priceless . http://www.quietmark
.com/ i like silence better than noise " you can also say that in a busy situation like brighton station it might not be noticed " i do know that many staff in shops that play piped music see it as a form of Torture !!!!!!!!!! keep it more hushed then we can hear the announcements on trains that are departing on time
more noise pollution ? it might be nice to have a good pianist but who can stop a really bad playing pianist . ohh silence is priceless . http://www.quietmark .com/ i like silence better than noise " you can also say that in a busy situation like brighton station it might not be noticed " i do know that many staff in shops that play piped music see it as a form of Torture !!!!!!!!!! keep it more hushed then we can hear the announcements on trains that are departing on time Mr chock
  • Score: -2

3:00pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Mr chock says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
Oh God no. I go to St Pancras station every day and the pianos there (there are two) really irritate me. Firstly they're horribly out of tune (they're not good quality ones) and secondly most of the people who attempt to play them are shockingly bad. How about a karaoke machine? I'm sure most commuters' spirits will be lifted by a few tuneless renditions of 'Angels'
ohhh Karaoke of 'Angels' maybe by that famous brighton resident "singer" Peter "Pete" Alexander Bennett
some might like it http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=a0zKnGlCW
s0
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: Oh God no. I go to St Pancras station every day and the pianos there (there are two) really irritate me. Firstly they're horribly out of tune (they're not good quality ones) and secondly most of the people who attempt to play them are shockingly bad. How about a karaoke machine? I'm sure most commuters' spirits will be lifted by a few tuneless renditions of 'Angels'[/p][/quote]ohhh Karaoke of 'Angels' maybe by that famous brighton resident "singer" Peter "Pete" Alexander Bennett some might like it http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=a0zKnGlCW s0 Mr chock
  • Score: 0

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