Herne Hill Piano film screening 27th May

The Herne Hill Free Film Festival 2018 presents an evening in honour of our beloved street piano, with live piano music and 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.

The film stars a cast of well known pianists including Jools Holland, James Rhodes and Chas Hodges, as well as our neighbours Jay Rayner and local piano tuner extraordinaire Roy Martin. But more importantly, we get to know the random passers-by who have been drawn to the piano and have found refuge and a way to express themselves through music in what sometimes seems an anonymous and lonely city.

The piano will be wheeled out into Station Square for a lineup of guest pianist performances from 7pm while we wait for the sun to go down. The film starts around 9pm. Please come along and join us for one of the headlining events of our festival programme. This is an outdoor event so dont forget to bring what you need to stay warm and bring along a chair, rug or cushion to sit on. 

This year the festival are collecting donations of food and money for the Norwood and Brixton foodbank so do bring along any non perishable food items if you can.

See you there!

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