Leeds pub piano contest is back

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The Leeds Pub Piano Competition is returning to the city for the first time in more than 20 years.

Organisers are looking for people who can tinkle the ivories to crowds of music fans at The Tetley later this year.

Pianists are being invited to perform a set – which could be anything from popular songs and sing-a-long hits to old-fashioned tunes – to be in with the chance of winning £500.

The event, formerly known as the Tetley GULP, began in the 1980s.

It was sponsored by Joshua Tetley & Son Ltd and was held at the Victoria Hotel.

The event ran triennially alongside the Leeds International Piano Competition until 1996.

It brings together three simple ingredients – pints, a piano and a pub – with the promise of seeing some of the greatest pub piano entertainment to hit the city in years.

This year’s heat takes place on Thursday, September 6 and the final takes place on Thursday, September 13.

It will once again coincide with the Leeds International Piano Competition – this 
fringe competition’s older sibling, founded in 1963, is one of the world’s most famous contests.

People are also invited along to watch the event as pianists from across the city and beyond compete to be crowned the 2018 winner.

Sponsored by Tetley’s Beer, the Leeds Pub Piano Competition is brought to you by Leeds International Concert Season, Leeds College of Music, The Leeds International Piano Competition and The Tetley.

For more information on how to enter the free event, and for exclusive drinks offers, visit leedspubpiano.com.

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