Instrument of Change: Street Piano + Live Music

Instrument of Change: Street Piano + Live Music

The Herne Hill Free Film Festival presents an evening in honour of our beloved street piano with live piano music, a screening of the documentary Instrument of Change (which was inspired by and which features the aforementioned piano!) followed by Q&A. Local filmmakers, Maureen Ni Fiann and Tom Rochester noticing the incredible effect that our piano has had on our community here in Herne Hill, set about documenting the way that street pianos bond disparate people in lonely cities through fleeting moments of musical connection. From Glasgow to London, New York to San Jose, acoustic pianos headed for landfill are being placed on our streets. Free, accessible and for anyone to play. It’s not busking. It’s not a gig. It’s a new kind of musical platform. But why do street pianos have such universal appeal? What gives them the power to unite, to create the ‘neighbourliness of strangers’? The film stars a cast of well known pianists including Jools Holland, James Rhodes and Chas Hodges,

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