Don’t worry, there will be a piano trail for mjf2023, further details coming soon… so please watch this space!

From May 6 – 29 2022, the mjf piano trail saw pianos dotted throughout Manchester available for all passers-by to play. Delivered with our friends Forysth’s Music shop, 13 pianos were placed around the city and we even ran  a competition to find Manchester’s best street pianists with a whole raft of prizes up for grabs including a Yamaha P-45B piano, return ticket for 4 anywhere on the Northern Rail Network, a gift package and vouchers worth over £100 from Quayside Media City UK and a £30 Wagamama voucher for each prize winner.  

The 13 piano’s were located around the city at: The Arndale Centre, The Corn Exchange, Forsyth’s Music shop, Great Northern, Harvey Nichols, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Central Library, Manchester Piccadilly Station, Quayside Media City UK, Royal Exchange Arcade, Spinningfields, The Trafford Centre, and Manchester Victoria Station.

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 13 pianos 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.” 

mjf piano trail competition

The mjf piano trail competition was open to everyone – from professional jazz pianists to those who have never touched a note before. At the end of the piano trail mjf and Forsyth’s selected 9 winners based on who showed the most creativity, ingenuity and gave the best performances. 

The prizes up for grabs were: