Piano at Brighton station moved - because it is too noisy

New position away from the ticket barriers.  Picture: Sam Stephenson

New position away from the ticket barriers. Picture: Sam Stephenson

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The piano at Brighton station has been moved from its position near to the ticket barriers because it was too noisy.

Members of staff told station bosses that they were unable to talk to passengers because of the noise.

And potential Beethovens, Chopins or Liberaces couldn’t get to tinkle the ivories because buskers were coming to play the piano for hours on end, leaving other passengers unable to have a go, it has been claimed.

Staff were given the discretion to lock the piano and a printed paper sign was stuck to the instrument which said: "We hope you enjoy playing our piano, but please no busking."

However commuters have been less than impressed with the piano being locked and out of use.

Nick Bright, 39, of Guildford Road, Brighton, commutes daily to London. He said it was disappointing that the piano had been locked up.

"I think it's amazing to have it there in the station," he said.

"It is really nice when you come into the station and see people playing on it.

"I'm surprised to hear it caused too much noise. You can barely hear the announcements.

"I can't see it causing a problem where it is now. In fact, it could be better because it's more visible."

Brighton station manager Beth Holbrook said: "It has been closed more than we would have liked to be closed. But it has been a trial period.

“We didn't realise it would have as big an impact on our staff giving our passengers the correct information and making them being able to hear as much as it has.

The Argus:

Old position: The piano has been moved from near to the ticket barrier

"But we are working very hard rectify that and make sure we put it somewhere where we can keep it open for the majority of the time."

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

This morning the piano was situated in a new position away from the ticket barriers.

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1:38pm Fri 22 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Well, if people misuse things, they spoil it for everyone.

It was quite a stupid idea having it there in the first place - rail staff aren't the clearest of speakers.
Well, if people misuse things, they spoil it for everyone. It was quite a stupid idea having it there in the first place - rail staff aren't the clearest of speakers. notslimjim
  • Score: -19

2:06pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Goldenwight says...

notslimjim wrote:
Well, if people misuse things, they spoil it for everyone.

It was quite a stupid idea having it there in the first place - rail staff aren't the clearest of speakers.
mmmfhj quubbbl sit gsheivuiase!
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: Well, if people misuse things, they spoil it for everyone. It was quite a stupid idea having it there in the first place - rail staff aren't the clearest of speakers.[/p][/quote]mmmfhj quubbbl sit gsheivuiase! Goldenwight
  • Score: 1

3:24pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

There is someone at Brighton who speaks clearly and does proper announcements.
He has a broad west country accent and is always a pleasure to listen to.
It makes a change from the seeming endless announcements asking not to do this or to do the other 'Bottles of water in warm weather' etc...
When you bombard people with these things they naturally tend to switch off.
I don't think Southern Railway in particular has learned this yet.
There is someone at Brighton who speaks clearly and does proper announcements. He has a broad west country accent and is always a pleasure to listen to. It makes a change from the seeming endless announcements asking not to do this or to do the other 'Bottles of water in warm weather' etc... When you bombard people with these things they naturally tend to switch off. I don't think Southern Railway in particular has learned this yet. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 6

4:00pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Fairfax Aches says...

i'd rather have a decent busker (maybe some form of ability test in the manner of London underground) play for half an hour and chuck him a quid than the drunken yobs pressing their urine stained paws all over it.
i'd rather have a decent busker (maybe some form of ability test in the manner of London underground) play for half an hour and chuck him a quid than the drunken yobs pressing their urine stained paws all over it. Fairfax Aches
  • Score: 1

5:00pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Andy R says...

"Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?
"Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold? Andy R
  • Score: 3

5:05pm Fri 22 Aug 14

notslimjim says...

Andy R wrote:
"Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?
That's brainwave'.

You're welcome.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: "Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?[/p][/quote]That's brainwave'. You're welcome. notslimjim
  • Score: -1

5:29pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
i'd rather have a decent busker (maybe some form of ability test in the manner of London underground) play for half an hour and chuck him a quid than the drunken yobs pressing their urine stained paws all over it.
You've struck a note there, it can't be very hygienic could it? Does the keyboard get sprayed with disinfectant between players? If the ebola virus spreads through the piano players of Brighton we know where it started.
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: i'd rather have a decent busker (maybe some form of ability test in the manner of London underground) play for half an hour and chuck him a quid than the drunken yobs pressing their urine stained paws all over it.[/p][/quote]You've struck a note there, it can't be very hygienic could it? Does the keyboard get sprayed with disinfectant between players? If the ebola virus spreads through the piano players of Brighton we know where it started. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: -3

5:33pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Sidewinder says...

Andy R wrote:
"Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?
She borrowed/nicked the idea from the piano that's been at St. Pancras station for ages, very original. Talk about building your part up.
[quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: "Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?[/p][/quote]She borrowed/nicked the idea from the piano that's been at St. Pancras station for ages, very original. Talk about building your part up. Sidewinder
  • Score: 3

6:42pm Fri 22 Aug 14

RootyRoo says...

Old Ladys Gin wrote:
There is someone at Brighton who speaks clearly and does proper announcements.
He has a broad west country accent and is always a pleasure to listen to.
It makes a change from the seeming endless announcements asking not to do this or to do the other 'Bottles of water in warm weather' etc...
When you bombard people with these things they naturally tend to switch off.
I don't think Southern Railway in particular has learned this yet.
Thanks, I'm glad you like my West Country twang.
[quote][p][bold]Old Ladys Gin[/bold] wrote: There is someone at Brighton who speaks clearly and does proper announcements. He has a broad west country accent and is always a pleasure to listen to. It makes a change from the seeming endless announcements asking not to do this or to do the other 'Bottles of water in warm weather' etc... When you bombard people with these things they naturally tend to switch off. I don't think Southern Railway in particular has learned this yet.[/p][/quote]Thanks, I'm glad you like my West Country twang. RootyRoo
  • Score: 2

10:08pm Fri 22 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

I remember being at St Pancras Station and seeing George Michael playing the piano there, much to the pleasure of the commuters, I was quite taken with it and when I spoke to him he said although he was quite accomplished on the Piano he really sucked on the Organ.
I remember being at St Pancras Station and seeing George Michael playing the piano there, much to the pleasure of the commuters, I was quite taken with it and when I spoke to him he said although he was quite accomplished on the Piano he really sucked on the Organ. Valentinian
  • Score: -2

10:33pm Fri 22 Aug 14

boxboy says...

Well, well, well and it is not the three wells make a river either. Piano on the platform. Novel. Entertaining. Never came across that situation on any platform at any of the many stations used between 1944 and 1988.
A variant of the old BBC programme, "Music while you work", Can just imagine the phrase , "This is a platform alteration. The piano on platform five is now playing on platform six".
Well, well, well and it is not the three wells make a river either. Piano on the platform. Novel. Entertaining. Never came across that situation on any platform at any of the many stations used between 1944 and 1988. A variant of the old BBC programme, "Music while you work", Can just imagine the phrase , "This is a platform alteration. The piano on platform five is now playing on platform six". boxboy
  • Score: 1

12:31am Sat 23 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

Fairfax Aches wrote:
i'd rather have a decent busker (maybe some form of ability test in the manner of London underground) play for half an hour and chuck him a quid than the drunken yobs pressing their urine stained paws all over it.
I have it in good authority (Finn Scot-Delaney) that drunken yobs pressing their urine stained fingers all over you is quite stimulating! (And how he met Gareth Davis! And Benny Leo!)
[quote][p][bold]Fairfax Aches[/bold] wrote: i'd rather have a decent busker (maybe some form of ability test in the manner of London underground) play for half an hour and chuck him a quid than the drunken yobs pressing their urine stained paws all over it.[/p][/quote]I have it in good authority (Finn Scot-Delaney) that drunken yobs pressing their urine stained fingers all over you is quite stimulating! (And how he met Gareth Davis! And Benny Leo!) Valentinian
  • Score: 1

9:22pm Sun 24 Aug 14

Valentinian says...

notslimjim wrote:
Andy R wrote:
"Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?
That's brainwave'.

You're welcome.
Lol brilliant.
[quote][p][bold]notslimjim[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andy R[/bold] wrote: "Brainchild"? Shouldn't that word be reserved for something like inventing time travel, or discovering how to turn base metal into gold?[/p][/quote]That's brainwave'. You're welcome.[/p][/quote]Lol brilliant. Valentinian
  • Score: 0

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