PLANS for an exciting musical project in the centre of Cirencester have been announced.

Cirencester Market Place will be getting its very own street piano in the next few weeks.

The piano has been provided by The Corinium Hotel and Restaurant and located with permission from Cirencester Town Council, St John Baptist Parish Church and Whitewall Gallery.

This idea was inspired by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram’s Play Me I’m Yours Street Piano Project which has set up over 2000 pianos - decorated by local artists and community groups - to create a place for exchange and an opportunity for people to connect.

The project been replicated by different organisations across the UK, and Cirencester is the next town to join this movement.

Plans are currently in the works for a opening ceremony for the piano and a date for this will be released soon.

The town council hope the street piano will create an opportunity for people to meet, connect and enjoy some musical talents.

Everyone is welcome to come and play their favourite tunes on the piano in the Market Place this summer.

It will available for use most days between 10am and 7pm.

The piano is currently in the process of being decorated and weatherproofed before being moved from the Corinium Hotel into the Market Place over the next few weeks, it will remain there until the beginning of September. 

Updates on the project will be shared across the social media accounts of the Corinium Hotel and Restaurant or Cirencester Town Council.

Cllr Sarah Orr, lead Member for community services at Cirencester Town Council, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this project and are looking forward to bringing music as an added attraction to the already vibrant marketplace during the summer months.”

David Sherriff, owner of the Corinium Hotel and Restaurant, said: “This is a really exciting project and we are thrilled to be adding another dimension to the wonderful town of Cirencester. 

"We are looking forward to seeing people taking the opportunity to take to the keyboards and perform in public.”