Sneak peek of what you can expect tomorrow at @sourcebmx event Music In The Source. Classical music in unusual surroundings of world's largest underground skate park. From 10am the piano will be available for all comers to play. 6pm and 8pm recital by #HIPCC 2015 winner Alexander Panfilov. Free. Live stream available on our website. Link in a bio. #hastingspiano #hastings #sussex #playpiano #classicalmusic #pianoconcert #pianorecital #alexanderpanfilov #skatepark #instapiano
On Valentine's Day, Alexander Panfilov, winner of the 2015 Hastings International Piano Competition, switched images with the regular inhabitants of The Source, the local skateboard and biker park, which happens to be the largest underground skate part in the world. He provided a spot of music for them to work out to, wearing a hoodie. The bikers wore bow ties. And it was daredevil energy all round. The piano had also been on location all day, with everyone encouraged to come and play it. Above, a taste of the action - and the cool-as-cucumber pianist seems unfazed by the apparent likelihood that a biker might land inside the piano at any moment.
HIPCC director Frank Wibaut said: “I once organised a similar event in Australia, where classical musicians came together with young athletes and while both groups came from completely different spheres they were able to understand the dedication and hours of practice that each put into their particular discipline. I think we’ll see a similar understanding in Hastings.”
The Hastings International Piano Competition 2017 takes place next week, starting on 23 February, with finals on 3 and 4 March accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Follow the action here.