Homeless person leaves note on Leeds Piano Trail display that will melt your heart

By Megan Banner

A heartwarming note was left by a homeless person to show their appreciation for the music that has filled the streets of Leeds city centre thanks to the Leeds Piano Trail.

Organisers of the Leeds Piano Trail say the event has struck a touching chord with the city's homeless community.

A heartwarming note was left on one of the displays dotted around the city centre, urging organisers to 'keep up the good work'.

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Leeds Piano Trail, part of the 20th Leeds International Piano Competition, features art installations, special performances and more, with pianos placed around the city centre.

Pop-up events are taking place across the city, featuring the sculptures of piandrome, the talented tabor piano ambassadors, and a host of local musicians and artists.

Sculptures next to each piano, made entirely from up-cycled piano parts, hope to offer the chance for people to get to know a piano's inner workings.

Organisers say the displays and events have sparked wonderful conversations with homeless people in Leeds, who have expressed their enjoyment of the pianos, sculptures and free music around the city.

And a note left for the team read: "Absolutely brilliant keep up the good work guys, from all the homeless."

Piano Trail organisers Dave Cartwright and Sam Berill said it was great to see the homeless community "inviting it rather than repelling it".

They said: "We are placing pianos in their kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, which are the streets, and putting music there for them to listen to."

As not everyone can afford to go to Leeds venues for live music, the Piano Trail aspires to make the streets of Leeds a concert hall.

Dave and Sam also said they'd been told the pianos are being protected.

"Don't worry about vandalism you have your own security to protect these sculptures with the homeless, we won't let anything happen on our watch," they were told.

The trail is there for people of any background, local or visitors, classical music fans or not, to enjoy and to liven up the streets of Leeds.

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Although not everyone has been a fan, after some comments were made in the Facebook community group, Leedsplace referring to the sculptures as "fly-tipped" and "trash."

Dave and Sam said: "We are aware the competition has had some criticism.

"However, these people are still talking about the art, whether they are questioning it or confused these are still reactions and people are still talking about the sculptures.

"That is what art strives for, to get people talking.

The event is running until Sunday September 19.

The finals of the Leeds International Piano Competition will take place this weekend.

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