Elton John surprised London commuters today, Feb 4, when he stopped off at St Pancras International to perform a few classics on a new Yamaha piano which he later donated to the station for everyone to play.
Elton was en route to recording a TV show to promote his brand new album “Wonderful Crazy Night”, when he stopped off at the station and delighted fans with a few songs.
Elton John said today: “I’ve heard so much about the pianos in St Pancras and thought it was such a great idea. I appreciate that the pianos in the station have had to be retuned and repaired a lot, so I thought it would be a good idea to give the station a new one. Who knows, maybe there’s a new Elton amongst London commuters!”.
Pianos have been a permanent fixture in St Pancras since 2009 and some have even been donated by commuters who want to fill the station with music. They’re all carefully looked after by station staff and are played every day by visitors of all ages.
Chris Gero, founder and vice president of Yamaha Entertainment Group, who proudly donated the Yamaha Upright Piano, said: “When Elton told us about the pianos in St Pancras we were immediately on board. We believe anyone who has the desire to play a piano should have access to a quality instrument. It’s an honor to support such a talented artist along with his charitable endeavors.”