Founded by Nils Frahm, Piano Day returns for the third year running, with six beautiful Feurich grand pianos adorning the foyer of the Barbican for a day of special performances and world premieres.
Taking place on the 88th day of the year, since there are 88 keys on a piano keyboard, this is a celebration of one of the world’s most versatile, gorgeous and iconic instruments. With events taking place all over the world, the Barbican welcomes two free concerts from keyboard sextet Piano Circus, including a world premiere of a piece by composer Angus MacRae, as well as Nils Frahm’s Hammers; Steve Reich’s Six Pianos; David Lang’s Face So Pale; Max Richter’s Mazuzu Dream and Graham Fitkin’s Log.
For those already in love with the piano, this is a chance to be completely immersed in its miraculous sound. But perhaps more importantly, this is an opportunity to introduce new people to piano music, to promote piano playing in public places, and to inspire new piano players of all ages and abilities – to continue to share the age-old joy of piano playing.
Afternoon Concert, 1pm
Graham FitkinTotti Terry RileyKeyboard Study no. 2 (arr. Richard Harris) Angus MacRaeThrough Shadows (world premiere) Nils FrahmHammers (arr. Piano Circus) David Lang Face So Pale Graham Fitkin Log
Evening concert, 6pm
Angus MacRaeThrough Shadows (world premiere) Nils FrahmHammers (arr. Piano Circus) Steve ReichSix Pianos David Lang Face So Pale Graham Fitkin Log