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EXCITING LAUNCH: Pianos take over Watford streets for charity campaign

 Published on: 18th June 2022   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Watford-based charity Electric Umbrella is taking over the town with music by launching a series of street pianos at local businesses.

The next piano launch will take place on Friday, June 24, with performances from members of the charity and professional pianist Duncan Honeybourne.

Performances will take place between 1-3pm with the community encouraged to come along and join in.

Electric Umbrella CEO Mel Boda said: “At Electric Umbrella everything we do is about creating amazing music experiences with our learning disabled members, so it’s brilliant to take these experiences further bringing music and fun to Watford with street pianos.

“Through our programmes, members have the opportunity to perform shoulder to shoulder with professional musicians such as Duncan, so it is particularly fitting that he is coming along to support the launch.

“A huge thank you to Watford BID for funding this initiative, and Atria for hosting the launch and our third street piano.”

Pianist Duncan Honeybourne who will perform with the charity at the launch said: “Electric Umbrella is a wonderful organisation, and I’m heartened and touched to be involved! I’m autistic and music has been wonderful for me on my journey. I don’t know what I would have done without such an expressive, creative outlet – it really has been an anchor.

Watford BID Chief Executive Maria Manion said: “I think it’s important that we support local charities and organisations as well as business. Though we are funding charitable work, we are also supporting Electric Umbrella’s work and animating the streets of Watford.

“What we have seen already from the one piano is that a lot of people, particularly children, are playing it, and that can open up new opportunities and interests for people.”

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