Limerick to mark world piano day with public performance at Milk Market

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Limerick to mark world piano day with public performance at Milk Market

A grand piano will be erected in the market to allow people to come and share their musical talents, or just listen to Mark O'Connor

LIMERICK will strike the right chord this Friday lunchtime in the Milk Market to mark World Piano Day.

For two hours between midday and 2pm, the first ever Piani Luimni festival will take place.

Organised by local musician Mark O’Connor, a grand piano will be erected in the covered market to allow people to come and share their musical talents, or just listen.

Mark, who organised the Piano for Dolores event in January to mark the anniversary of the passing of the Cranberries frontwoman, said it has long been a dream of his to have regular sessions like these in public places.

“We encourage all ebony and ivory tinklers, bringers of nocturns, ragtime, jazz, trad and beyond and voices with ‘come all ye’s’ to join us. The piano will be upstairs at the Milk Market, and we hope to launch more pianos at other city centre locations in the future,” he explained.

The aim of Piani Luimni is to place pianos of excellence in several public places, to invite players and listeners to gather, share songs, stories and time together.

Mark added: “We’ve reached out to all the music educators in Limerick, all of whom have responded very positively to the idea, including the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Limerick School of Music, as well as Peter Dee, Redemptorist and Croagh Schools of Music, Music Generation, the Learning Hub, Sing Out with Strings and more to partake in the experience.”

Mark paid tribute to Jules Hackett, who designed the logo for Piani Luimni, as well as Khoushhall Kakar for his generous donation of the piano, plus staff and traders at the Limerick Milk Market for hosting the event.

All are welcome to tinkle on the ivories from noon until 2pm on Friday.

For more information, telephone the Milk Market at 061-214782.