Manchester jazz festival and Forsyth Music Shop have joined forces once again for the mjf2024 piano trail to find Manchester’s hidden talents across a trail of 14 street pianos at locations across Manchester city centre.

The 14 piano locations are: Piccadilly Station, Manchester Arndale, Harvey Nichols, HOME, Victoria Station, Quayside MediaCityUK, Great Northern, Corn Exchange, Spinningfields, Royal Exchange Arcade, Central Library, Forsyth Music Shop, Trafford Palazzo and Factory International at Aviva Studios.

Alongside the piano trail itself, there will also be two bespoke piano trail walking tours available, run by Free Manchester Walking Tours (FMWT), on the 18 and 19 May (£10 per adult, children go free) and live performances on Saturday afternoons in May on our Harvey Nichols in-store piano, and more pop-up piano gigs elsewhere to be confirmed.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “This city-region has music running through its veins, and helping connect people to new musical experiences and supporting talented musicians has always been so important to us. The mjf piano trail will take music back out onto the streets of Manchester, giving more people the chance to try their hand at playing and to encounter the vibrant music of our city in a really unique way.”

Emma Loat, Manager of Forsyth’s Music, said: “For many years, we’ve had a street piano at the front of the Forsyth’s shop on Deansgate, so we know that Manchester and the surrounding areas is full of talented musicians and those willing to have a go. We’re really excited to supply 14 pianos to a growing number of venues for the mjf piano trail and we’d urge all those budding performers to come forward, have a go and be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes.”

Visit to find out more about the piano trail, the walking tours and how to take part in the competition.


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