Manchester Jazz Festival Piano Trail at Great Northern

05 May - 31 May

Manchester jazz festival hunts for Manchester’s best street pianists in citywide piano trail

Manchester jazz festival and Forsyth’s music shop are on the hunt for Manchester’s most entertaining street pianist as a trail of 13 street pianos are placed across the city this week – including on on our Deansgate Mews.

From May 6 – 29, the mjf piano trail will see pianos dotted throughout Manchester available for all passers-by to play.

And for those who think they can give Elton John a run for his money, a competition to find Manchester’s best street pianists will also run 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.

Technical talent or formal training is not necessary, and the competition is open to all from concert pianists to the occasional ivory tickler.

The mjf piano trail, delivered in partnership with the world renowned Forysth’s Music shop of Deansgate, is part of mjf2022 which will take place at venues across the city from May 20 – 29.

To be in with a chance to be named one of Manchester’s best street pianists, simply find one of the pianos in the trail, capture a short video of your performance and post the video to your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account, tagging in @manchesterjazzfestival / @manjazzfest and using the hashtag #mjfpianotrail

Whether you play professional jazz or have never touched a note before there are no rules regarding who can apply, what kind of music you play and what your performance involves.

At the end of the piano trail mjf and Forsyths will select 10 winners based on who showed the most creativity, ingenuity and gave the best performances.

The prizes up for grabs are:

  • –  Yamaha: Yamaha Digital Piano P-45B
  • –  A £30 Wagamama gift voucher for all winners
  • –  Doner Haus: Meal for up to 4 including pre/post drink
  • –  Lion’s Den, Deansgate Mews: £50 bar tab
  • –  Manchester Art Gallery: Afternoon Tea for two
  • –  Jenny Jones: a pair of saxophone cufflinks or a soul stone necklace
  • –  20 Stories: Afternoon tea for two with a glass of fizz
  • –  The Lawn Club: A complimentary pod booking and a bottle of Prosecco, for up to six


  • –  Northern Rail: Four tickets at any time to anywhere on Northern rail network
  • –  Quayside MediaCityUK: prize package includes:

    • 2 x £25 Quayside Gift Card
    • Two lots of two tickets to Vue Cinema

• Copy of Salford Edition Monopoly
• Two lots of two tickets for ITV Jungle Challenge

mjf2022 will take place from May 20-29 in venues across Manchester city centre. Visit for more information and to book.

Follow mjf on Facebook and Instagram @manchesterjazzfestival and Twitter @ManJazzFest for all the latest festival news. #mjf2022

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