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Don't shoot the Piano player

This was at Dunster Castle. People were invited to play the piano and this chap decided he would. He was a very fine pianist. I think that is his wife and children in the background. 

Don't shoot the Piano player

This was at Dunster Castle. People were invited to play the piano and this chap decided he would. He was a very fine pianist. I think that is his wife and children in the background. 

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a nice shot with that light and also the reflection of his fingers in the cabinet, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Ayush. The reflection was a nice bonus
I love this thing where piano's are just set in random places for people to play! I really love your shot - nice warm light!
Bill Phillips: And really could play. A bit later another bloke was playing. He wasn't as good but he wasn't at all bad
Jolie ambiance avec cette lumière tamisée.
Bill Phillips: Thanks Martine. It was lucky that the lamp shade matched his jumper!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jul 2019, 05:47
I do like your composition. All those yellows give a very agreeable effect
Bill Phillips: I was lucky he was wearing the same colour as the lampshade
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk where the sun rises first in England
  • 8 Jul 2019, 06:34
Good one, Billiam.
Bill Phillips: Thank you kindly comrade
I quite love when public pianos like this are left open for anyone who wants to play them, Bill. I suppose it's scary for some and so in that regard is a way to help them build confidence?
Bill Phillips: This chap was clearly a very good pianist, but I know what you mean
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Jul 2019, 07:46
Never shoot the piano player....
What a great light here and what a great picture, Bill. I hope the man played good.
Bill Phillips: He played very good. I could have listened for ages!
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 Jul 2019, 08:50
Lucky you to get a free performance Bill.
Bill Phillips: I was delighted but then you know that I like freebies
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jul 2019, 09:20
This 'thing' of leaving a piano around somewhere and invite people to play, is becoming quite a show item. What amazes me is who is playing what. For instance, a goth playing Beethoven, with great fluency and interpretation.

In Charles de Gaulle airport there is a train station and in the waiting area a piano. Young chap (18?) put down his suitcases, sat down and played some classical stuff. After some time a passing female (older) passenger, stopped, took out a violin from its case and accompanied him. After a few pieces, they talked the first time and embarked on lighter stuff - I remember Andrew Lloyd Webber. After some time, she stopped, hugged him and were on her way. He continued playing.

In all that time, neither of them ever had the notes in front of them. She let him lead and then fully complemented him. In my opinion, two people with music in their souls, met between destinations.

If there is one thing in my life that I regret, then it is that I can't make music like that. Oh, I went for lessons, if only to confirm that I shouldn't get my hopes on high.
Bill Phillips: I have the same regret. I can strum a few chords and didn't have a bad singing voice at one time but when you see real musicians they can just get up and play together.
I remember this at Dunster. During our visit an elderly lady played quite a few classical pieces one after the other to an extremely good standard, and without the music. We found out later that she lives locally and so much enjoys being able to play that she goes in a couple of times a week and plays for the herself and the visitors, I wish I could do that, I bought myself an electric piano two years ago and havign not played at all for many yars I am like a beginner again, probably I should take a few lessons to get myself going again.
Bill Phillips: It would be worth having lessons as I am sure it would motivate you to really practice.
This seems to be a growing trend.
Bill Phillips: And rather a good one I think Tom. He was a good pianist and it sounds lovely as the music wafted up through the stairwell
  • Beth
  • United States
  • 8 Jul 2019, 15:33
This is an excellent composition with yellow setting the stage.
Bill Phillips: It was very thoughtful of him to wear a yellow top Beth
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jul 2019, 15:54
A lovely picture - I like how you've caught the reflection too.
Bill Phillips: That was a nice bonus that really came out when I processed it in Lightroom
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jul 2019, 17:34
My pianist friend would enjoy such an opportunity. She promised to play a piece of my choosing for my recent birthday. I'm trying t think of something really challenging...
Bill Phillips: How about this?
I like the warmth of this shot Bill smile
Bill Phillips: Thanks very much Martin
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 9 Jul 2019, 02:46
wonderful that they allow people to touch it

nice capture
Bill Phillips: Something we see more and more these days.He could really play

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