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Preston shoppers to tinkle ivories in St George’s Shopping Centre

Launch: Justin Randall with shopper Debbie Jones from Leyland at the launch of the customer piano in St Georges Shopping Centre

Launch: Justin Randall with shopper Debbie Jones from Leyland at the launch of the customer piano in St Georges Shopping Centre

Shoppers in Preston can now tinkle the ivories on a new piano just for customers.

The piano was unveiled in St George’s Shopping Centre on Saturday by renowned jazz and blues pianist, Justin Randall.

The musical instrument is now a permanent fixture at the shopping centre where pianists of any level can play for the city’s shoppers.

No booking or donation is required, simply press any key to start.

Visitors to the shopping centre over the weekend tested out their skills on the piano and it is already proving to be a huge hit - with many stopping in their tracks to listen to the music.

The shopping centre’s marketing manager, Alanna Dent said: “We inherited a piano and thought the shopping centre would be the ideal place to allow Preston’s pianists to test themselves.

“We’d like to invite people of all ages to come and have a go, whether they’d like to make a regular appearance and draw a crowd or just have a tinkle as they pass through the shopping centre.

“You never know, we might unearth some musical stars of the future”

Alanna added: “The piano is another great addition to the shopping centre and follows the installation of new seating and the recent renovation and relocation of our customer service desk.”

Justin, pianist from the from Preston’s Tipitina band and regular at London’s Ronnie Scotts, kept shoppers entertained when he played the piano at the top of the escalators in the shopping centre’s Friargate entrance on Saturday.

Originally classically trained, Justin has been on the UK and European rhythm ‘n’ blues scene for over 20 years and is now the bandleader of New Orleans blues/funk/jazz band ‘Tipitina’ who have had 5 sell out performances at the famous Ronnie Scott’s club in London.

He’s also made numerous appearances with Preston’s current blues scene favourite ‘The Stumble’.

Justin draws his major inspiration from the New Orleans rhythm ‘n’ blues piano wizards such as James Booker, Dr John, Henry Butler and Professor Longhair.

 

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