Tickle the Ivories
The Liverpool ONE Piano Festival
5 July – 8 September 2013
There’ll be music on the streets this summer when Liverpool ONE transforms into a live music venue and six pianos take centre stage for the world’s only official piano busking festival.
Organised in partnership with Open Culture, Tickle the Ivories will return for a third year from 5 July to 8 September, 2013. The ten-week piano festival is open to everyone from professional to amateur players who are all invited to book free timeslots to perform on and around the pianos.
Last year’s Tickle the Ivories was a huge success with over 1000 musicians taking part and almost 4000 hours of performance. From jazz to blues, classical to experimental there was a huge array of performers including solo classical pianists, 70-strong choirs, break dancing groups, school orchestras, and improvised comedy and theatre groups.
Who can book a timeslot?
You can be a professional or amateur musician or band, a talented community group, school choir or charity with a keen ear for a tune or a fledgling act looking for a spot of street stardom. A wide range of performance styles are welcome from classical to contemporary, folk to funk or jazz to jitterbug! Or you could perform music theatre, and dance with the piano as accompaniment, anything an audience will enjoy.
Free Play Fun sessions
Tickle the Ivories will also be open for free play sessions each day, where the pianos are not booked and any member of public is free to play any tune they know. Check the website for the times of these slots, or check at the Liverpool ONE Information Centre each day. These sessions are also licenced for busking.