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Occupy The Pianos festival focuses on themes Protest and The Journey Within

This third edition will take place at London's St John’s Smith Square between 20–22 April

This year Occupy The Pianos festival is curated by pianist and composer Rolf Hind. Taking place this April, concerts will feature new works and fresh interpretations, with radical piano music at the festival's core.

The two themes to be investigated include Protest – from feminism to prisoner rights, animal welfare and queer music, and The Journey Within which will feature audience participation and a led meditation with Eliza McCarthy.

“St Johns’s Smith Square is only a stone’s throw from Parliament Square, site of protest and agitation for hundreds of years” explains Hind. “In keeping with our name, this year’s programming considers politics and protest. At the same time – reflecting the beautiful, serene space in which we find ourselves in this church, the festival’s 2nd day will move towards spirituality and the journey within, offering new ways for the audience to encounter music and their experience of it.”

The line up includes over a dozen new works, some of which are the fruits of an open call for new scores. Also taking place will be a workshop on writing music for piano, and two of Radulescu's sound icons (a grand piano laid on its side) will be housed in the crypt and offer members of the public a chance to improvise.

Occupy The Pianos will take place between 20–22 April. A full list of performances and events can be found on their website.