Community invited to celebrate new public piano


Shoppers headed to the Sovereign in Weston-super-Mare will receive a pleasant surprise this weekend as a community piano is put in place for residents and visitors to play.

The idea behind installing the instrument follows Channel 4’s The Piano – a show that features talented amateur pianists performing music in public at selected train stations.

The piano, which has been donated by The Mayor of Weston-super-Mare Councillor Sonia Russé will be at The Sovereign in Weston town centre, from 18th March at 1pm with community performances by local pianist Paul Johnson who will play in the mall area to celebrate the opening.

Alan Smith, Manager at The Sovereign, said “When the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare asked The Sovereign to be involved in this project we jumped at the chance to create something special that will be enjoyed by all members of the local community. The shop unit will also have art supplied by Weston Museum and Weston College as part of a wider local engagement programme.”  

The Mayor of Weston, said: “This Piano Zone opens up the opportunity for all to discover the joys of playing music on a magnificent instrument such as a piano and I hope the local community gain as much enjoyment from playing it as we will to listen.”

Mark Canniford, Executive Member for Placemaking and Growth, said: “We’re thrilled to have been asked by The Mayor to get involved with this project. Installing a community piano is a great initiative which has economic, social and cultural benefits to the town, and I look forward to seeing the piano ready for the community to enjoy.”

The Sovereign is part of Weston’s Placemaking Strategy which is delivering improvements to key sites within the town and encouraging inward investment.

You can find The Piano Zone open in The Sovereign between the 18th March until the 29th April 2023, please come along and entertain everyone.