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Piano in Tottenham Court Road station is big hit

'People think they're Jerry Lee Lewis,' says TfL

19 January, 2018 — By The Xtra Diary

IT was, for a time, a bit of a trendy curiosity – the sudden appearance in a public space of a table tennis table.

Now they are fairly ubiquitous, and the same thing seems to be happening with plonking pianos down for those with time on their hands to have a quick tinkle.

A project sponsored by Yamaha has placed uprights in tube stations and judging by the take up on the instrument in the new foyer at Tottenham Court Road station it’s a big hit.

The project is called Platform 88 – after the keys on the piano – and the plan is the pianos will be moved around the tube network over the next three years.

A Transport for London staff member tells Diary that, in general, the piano is used for at least half the day and also that they get concert performers stopping for a go.

“It’s always a source of great mirth and joy for us to see how good, or bad, the person is,” they said. “We’ve had people who think they are Jerry Lee Lewis. We’ve had highly trained classical pianists, and then others who reckon they’ve got Chopsticks down but need a little more practice, to put it politely.”

When Diary was passing through the station this week, this musician (pictured) gave passengers a rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata before launching into some Gershwin.

It was beautiful. Bravo TfL.

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