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What else is Calderdale doing in the Festival?

Councillors Tim Swift & Steve Sweeney with Andy Plant (creator of the PianoPorte) and David Nelson (Hebden Bridge Piano Festival and composer of the Piano Cycle music).

Councillors Tim Swift & Steve Sweeney with Andy Plant (creator of the PianoPorte) and David Nelson (Hebden Bridge Piano Festival and composer of the Piano Cycle music).

The first ever Yorkshire Festival 2014 officially began this week, with Calderdale events providing some real highlights of the schedule.

Events in Calderdale will include the first major outdoor commission, The Grand Departs on April 5, an epic musical and cycling challenge to pull a grand piano by bicycle up Cragg Vale.

Fifteen musicians will play specially composed ‘Piano Cycle’ by Dave Nelson while the piano is pulled by Andy Plant’s new invention The PianoPorté.

Andy said: “I’m bound to be nervous on the day as it’s a one-off project but I’m also really excited about it.

“It’s quite a project, with up to 100 people involved including all the stewards on the day. I just hope the weather holds for us.

“I’ve talked to a lot of people over that time about the logistics of it but the actual build time has been about two months.

“It’s a classic daft idea and I think it’s attracted a lot of interest and really caught people’s imagination.

“The main challenge has been trying to solve the problem of keeping it light but still moving that amount of power.

“It’s like a luggage train you see a rail stations - the bikes will all be welded together in pairs and the weight will be evenly transferred all the way down with the front two bikes steering it.”

Coun Tim Swift, Leader of Calderdale Council, which has co-ordinated local authority support for the festival said: “This is our chance to show the world some examples of the creative spirit of our region – but at the same time, enjoy the build of excitement throughout the 100 days.”

 

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