Music on the water: boat in London canal serves as floating concert hall By Reuters


© Reuters. Pianist Masayuki Tayama performs a recital for guests aboard his Channel Boat concert hall, called The Piano Boat, in Harefield, Great Britain, on September 8, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls


Por Ben Makori

LONDON, Sep 13 (Reuters) – Music lovers in London can now enjoy classical performances with a difference: on a canal boat cruising the city’s waterways.

Masayuki Tayama, captain and pianist of the “Piano Boat”, currently docked in Uxbridge, outside London, said the boat was the only one of its kind.

“It was built to our specifications as a floating concert hall,” he said, pointing to a brand new Steinway grand piano at one end of the cabin, which has been transformed into a concert hall with parquet floors and rich burgundy walls.

That same day, Tayama played a program that featured Beethoven and Schumann before an enthusiastic audience in evening gowns, seated around tables covered with white tablecloths.

Rhiana Henderson, project manager, said the idea for a floating concert hall came about when they lived on a narrow ship with a digital piano that attracted the interest of passersby.

“The idea developed from there … We started lining up the chairs to see how many people could fit. And in the end we ended up with this boat,” he said.

Henderson says that in the two months since they started the project, the couple have organized five cruises and four parties and that they already have everything booked for the next few months.

“Everybody says it’s very different from being in a big concert hall, because it feels very, very friendly and very intimate,” he said.

(Report by Ben Makori; edited in Spanish by Benjamín Mejías Valencia)

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