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Are you Manchester’s best street pianist?

The team behind Manchester Jazz Festival and Forsyth’s music shop are on the hunt for Manchester’s most entertaining street pianist as a trail of 13 street pianos are placed across the city this until 29 May, available for all passers-by to play.

Look out for a piano on Hardman Square. behind the Lawn Club in Spinningfields.

And for those who think they can give Elton John a run for his money, a competition to find Manchester’s best street pianists will also run with a whole raft of prizes up for grabs including a Yamaha P-45B piano, return ticket for 4 anywhere on the Northern Rail Network, a £30 Wagamama voucher for each prize winner, afternoon tea for 2 at 20 Stories and a complimentary pod booking at The Lawn Club.

Technical talent or formal training is not necessary, and the competition is open to all from concert pianists to the occasional ivory tickler.

In addition to the piano that’s nestled in Hardman Square at Spinningfields, there are 12 other pianos to find which are located at The Arndale Centre, The Corn Exchange, Forsyth Music shop, Great Northern, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Central Library, Manchester Piccadilly Station, Quayside Media City UK, Royal Exchange Arcade, The Trafford Centre, and Manchester Victoria Station.

To be in with a chance to be named one of Manchester’s best street pianists, simply find one of the pianos in the trail, capture a short video of your performance and post the video to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account, tagging in @manchesterjazzfestival / @manjazzfest and using the hashtag #mjfpianotrail.

Whether you play professional jazz or have never touched a note before there are no rules regarding who can apply, what kind of music you play and what your performance involves.

At the end of the piano trail mjf and Forsyths will select 10 winners based on who showed the most creativity, ingenuity and gave the best performances.

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