What we're about

If you love playing or just listening to the piano then our group is for you!

Whatever your ability, experience or musical style you'll be welcome. The idea is to provide a monthly opportunity to play to a friendly group of like-minded people. We have the exclusive use of two well-located Manchester venues, both with excellent grand pianos.

The events will be informal, the aim being to increase performance confidence, have fun and meet new people. If you'd like to try a duet, bring it along!

Free refreshments included (hot/cold soft drinks and snacks) and the venue also has a cafe/bar.

There's also no requirement to play or even be a pianist, being part of the audience is a great encouragement to the players. Our events are on the second Saturday afternoon each month. It’s £5 to attend whether playing or an audience member, this covers to cover the venue rental, insurance and refreshments.

Looking forward to meeting you and hopefully hear you play!

Upcoming events (4)

LPTP Online Music Trivia Quiz! [No.4]

Online event

All welcome to join our fourth LPTP Online Music Trivia Quiz! We'll be using Zoom conferencing: https://zoom.us The invite is going out to multiple LPTP groups so I'm sure we'll get a very good crowd :) Participants are welcome to contribute a question in advance should they wish. I'll present the quiz via a slide deck in the Zoom session. I hope many of you can join, it'll be an fun way to spend an hour and quite educational too I think! Details: a. If anyone would like 1-1 guidance on how to use Zoom just message me directly and I'll be happy to help. b. I'll be presenting the quiz via a full screen slide deck in Zoom. c. We'll have a 5-10min break half way and run though the answers at the end. There's no need to share you're score, unless you're particularly please with performance! ************************ **** USING ZOOM **** ************************ https://zoom.us 1. It's FREE, no registration or login required. 2. I'll share a weblink invite and password in the morning of the meeting and add it as the event 'location' on the meetup event itself. You can then click on the link to join the session. 3. I'll open up the call 15mins before 3pm to give people time to join. 4. For MOBILE devices (Phone or Tablet) you'll need to download the free app "Zoom Cloud Meetings" (whether Android or Apple). If you don't download in advance it will prompt you when clicking on the meeting invite. 5. If using a DESKTOP/LAPTOP, when you click on the meeting link it will automatically download the browser plugin "Zoom Client for Meetings" You can also download "Zoom Client for Meetings" from the website. https://zoom.us/download 6. Whichever device you use there is no need to register with Zoom. You'll just be prompted for a 'Guest Name' and then the password when joining session.

Let's "Zoom" The Piano! #5 - Audience/Non-Players Welcome

Online event

All welcome to our 5th online event! NOTE - To avoid overrunning, there'll be be 2x50mins sections with a 15min interval, we'll then be able to finish closer 9.30pm. If you'd like to contribute some music just let me know. The time will be allocated on a first come first served and will be need to be limited to one piece each not longer that 6mins. We'll again be trying some live playing in addition to the pre-record option. If you'd like to try a live performance, please contact me directly and we can check your zoom settings and do a sound test. If anyone would like 1-1 guidance on getting access to this session just ping me a message and I'll be happy to help. Here's also a short video introduction: https://youtu.be/4XvxKlwV1IY Audience members/non-players also welcome! There'll be 110mins of programme time to share with a 10min interval. 1. JOINING THE MEETING a. We'll use the popular "Zoom" platform https://zoom.us b. It's FREE, no user registration/sign-up required c. I'll add the Zoom weblink to meeting which you can click on to join the session. d. I'll share a meeting password with those who have RSVP-d in the days before the session e. For MOBILE devices (Phone or Tablet) you'll need to download the free app "Zoom Cloud Meetings" (whether Android or Apple). If you don't download in advance it will prompt you when clicking on the meeting invite. f. If using a DESKTOP/LAPTOP, when you click on the meeting link it will automatically download the browser plugin "Zoom Client for Meetings" You can also download "Zoom Client for Meetings" from the website. https://zoom.us/download g. Whichever device you use there is no need to register with Zoom. You'll just be prompted for a 'Guest Name' and the password when joining the session. h. By default everyone will be muted but you can unmute if you want to talk! Video can be on/off during the session as you prefer. 3. THE MUSIC We'll share a desktop in the session and play videos/audio people have submitted or watch the live performances as needed. People will be able to speak/introduce their pieces on the call as needed or type their comments in the meeting chat window. Due to the anticipated number players, the usual approach applies i.e. ideally a single piece not more that 6 mins in total. With online events, the preference is for shorter pieces on average For performers there are three ways to get on the programme. a. Playing live - Just get in touch with me directly and we can test the Zoom set up for you b. Send me a YouTube Link of your video c. Make a film/recording on your phone/tablet and use WeTransfer to send it to me via [masked] https://wetransfer.com ***WeTransfer is SUPER easy - Again no registration/login. It'll send me a link to download your video. Standard limit is 2GB which way more that need for a 5-6min video. All videos are removed from WeTransfer storage after 7 days***

Live event with the Bay Area Amateur Pianists, San Francisco - Audience Welcome

All welcome to our first international event! We're delighted to be joint-hosting an event on Zoom with the Bay Area Pianists in San Francisco, a group just like ours! http://www.bayareapianists.org/ https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Amateur-Pianists/ There'll be two halves of 50mins, with a 15min interval where we'll split the Zoom session into breakout rooms for people to chat in smaller groups should they wish. We'll alternate performers between the groups with 6-8 of our most experienced members playing live using additional audio gear/mics to achieve the best live sound quality (this will be tested in advance). This could also be a digital piano audio interface into your laptop which can be bought relatively cheaply. If you already have suitable audio gear, or would consider getting some, and would like to discuss the possibility of performing at this event just let me know. We'll confirm the performers/timings by mid-July at the latest. I'm sure there'll be plenty more international live events if all goes to plan! As usual, we'll share the Zoom invite and password in the days before. You can download Zoom to your mobile device or laptop from https://zoom.us/

**NOTE** Event moved to Sat 12th Sep at Forsyth's (No April-August Meetups)

NOTE - We're now moving to online events and are going to take a longer break from in-person events. I've shifted what would have been Sat 9th May to a provisional date of Sat 12th Sep, still at Forsyth's. If you previously had a place on the May event you automatically still have one for Sep 12th should you wish (people can confirm nearer the date) Everybody is welcome to play regardless of ability, experience or musical style. If you'd prefer just to listen that's fine too. We'll be at Forsyth Music in Deansgate and will using one of the brand new Schimmel Grand Pianos in the basement workshop space. We'll get started at 2:30pm, but feel free to turn up anytime from 2pm. Free refreshments included! (Tea/coffee/soft drinks and snacks) It's £5 to attend whether playing or not. There'll also be a 10% discount on all piano sheet music on the day. See you there! *** NOTE FOR PLAYERS *** If people could aim for a maximum of 7 mins for a piece it would work best, however let me know if want to try something longer and we might be able to juggle the timings. *****************************

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