Rotherham set to sing to a new tune

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A CONCERT will celebrate the success of a project which has unleashed Rotherham’s musical streak.

People across the town have been helping create sweet music by taking part in the Urban Piano Project.

The scheme has seen a number of pianos undergo radical makeovers by members of the public at a host of venues.

Residents donated their old pianos after being inspired by the donation of a customised piano from Ben Kealey of rock band Kasabian.

Locals enjoyed decorating the instruments as well as having a go at tinkling the ivories, and now Rotherham Council has announced a special concert will take place in the town centre on Saturday, September 29.

Composer Joshua Goodman has been asked to put together a melody to represent the town.

He said: “I had a wonderful reception from the public and there was fantastic interest, which has given me plenty of material. 
“I was amazed, but not surprised, at just how creative Rotherham people were with the piano we had on display. The first thing people said was ‘am I allowed to touch the keys?’”.

To play an Urban Piano call 01709 823636.