Hidden Door Festival to host Pianodrome world premiere

Hidden Door are delighted to host the debut of Pianodrome’s specially commissioned amphitheatre at this year’s festival. The announcement comes as a second release of early bird tickets go on sale.

The Pianodrome will be a 10m diameter circular structure of tiered seating incorporating over 40 pianos which are past their play-by date. The group have already started construction of the 78-seater structure in one of the rooms at the Old Royal High School on Calton Hill.

Hidden Door Festival, taking place in the school from 9 – 18 June, will be the start of a four month ‘Resonancy’ for Pianodrome CIC, offering performers and audiences a taste of what it will be like to have a world class cultural hub at the core of the city.

Matthew Wright and Tim Vincent-Smith from Pianodrome will work with Hidden Door’s Creative Director David Martin to curate a line up for the space during the festival.

David Martin said: “We are honoured to be hosting the world premiere of the Old Royal Pianodrome at this year’s Hidden Door Festival in June. While our event breathes new life into Edinburgh’s forgotten spaces, Pianodrome gives new life to abandoned instruments, and through their inspirational creativity they generate new space for performers and audiences to experience in a completely unique and often interactive way.

Their imaginative vision epitomises the spirit of the festival, so it is fantastic to be working in partnership together to put on a programme of theatre, music and spoken word performances that will provide unforgettable experiences for anyone lucky enough to find a seat at the Pianodrome during Hidden Door.”

After Hidden Door, Pianodrome will host a full spectrum of drop-in events, workshops and performances for all ages, abilities and cultural perspectives over the course of four months. A special programme is in store for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.”

Pianodrome Director Matthew Wright said: “Since we first invited audiences to play with and sit on our upcycled piano sculptures we’ve been delighted to find ourselves part of an enthusiastic, growing culture of do-it-yourself creative expression in the city.”

The Old Royal High Pianodrome is a chance for us to work with this community, and a growing list of partner organisations, to create a welcoming, sustainable, playful and magical musical space where new sounds and ideas can be shared and celebrated by all.”

Tim Vincent-Smith, Pianodrome Director and Lead Artist, said: “In the same way that we, at Pianodrome, take beautiful old pianos and give them new lives as interactive sculptures the new National Centre for Music will take the iconic Old Royal High and make it really sing.”

It is a great privilege and a pleasure to be given this opportunity to play a small part in the commencement of this wonderful transformation. “

The Old Royal Pianodrome was commissioned by the Royal High School Preservation Trust and St. Mary’s Music School, who are turning the building into the new National Centre for Music.

About Hidden Door

Hidden Door is a volunteer-run arts charity that opens up forgotten urban spaces for the public to explore and discover incredible music, art, theatre, film, dance, spoken word and more.

This year, the festival will be bringing the old Royal High School on Calton Hill to life for ten days, transforming the entire complex from 9 – 18 June 2022.

The property, which has mostly lain empty since the school closed in the late 1960s, will be used to celebrate Scotland’s exciting new and emerging creative talent, before work begins to transform it into Scotland’s new National Centre for Music.