And finally… World’s first amphitheatre made out of pianos planned for Edinburgh



Plans have been revealed to build an amphitheatre made from 50 pianos in Edinburgh.

Run in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), the 100-seater Pianodrome is an interactive sculpture, acoustic concert venue, lecture theatre and musical instrument which will host a full programme of workshops, community projects and live arts events.

A total of £10,000 was required to be raised to build it before the launch in August.

The project is the vision of the Edinburgh-based artist Tim Vincent-Smith and producer Matt Wright who have formed the Pianodrome Community Interest Company.

Vincent-Smith is an artist and musician who co-founded, designed and built the interior of Atlantis Books in Oia in Santorini, Greece which was described as a “dream of a bookstore” by Vanity Fair last year.

Vincent-Smith said of the Pianodrome: “This is a radical reimagining of what the piano is and can be in today’s throw away culture.

“No piano is junk. No person is ‘unmusical’. The Pianodrome is a musical instrument and performance place free for everyone. All you have to do is play.”

In partnership with the RBGE, the Pianodrome team will programme a series of cultural events which will form the highlight of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Summer 2018 arts programme.