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Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
Hello all,
I am going to be walking the French way this June - August and I am very excited!
I am a pianist and was wondering if there's any pianos in albergues or hostel for people to play that you know of?

Not being able to touch the keys for two and a half months kind of worries me a little and I would like to take advantage of it if there any public pianos, music school, churches along the route?

Thank you a lot!

Ina
 

mspath

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances, autumn/winter; 2004, 2005-2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Inaoz,
Welcome to the forum!
For churches with possible pianos see this map for masses on the caminos.

Good luck and Buen camino!
 

Bajaracer

Camino Frances 2013 Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2013) Jun-Jul SJPDP to Finisterre
Casa Barbadelo just outside of Sarria has a piano. The most luxurious albergue, feels like a hotel but with bunk beds.
 

Leap of faith

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2012), Frances(2017), Frances (June 2018)
Hi Inaoz, I had a wonderful night around the piano a few years ago. It was at the Alb. S. Juan Bautista in Granon. A very humble allergue but one of my most treasured. There was a photograph of the communal room on this site a few weeks ago and the piano on display in the background. I have no idea if it will be in tune when you are there. I will be in Granon sometime in early July and hopefully I will hear you play.
 

Bruce777

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
French way 2017 April May June May2019
Hi Inaoz , There is a piano in Boadilla Del Camino at Albergue El Encina , If you can get a tune out of it as it is about 200 years old ,worth a try . I did and failed , good luck. Buen Camino.
 

lovingkindness

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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Hello @ Inaoz, if you feel like a taste of dementia, there's a fabulous piano in an old convent near Zumaia (Camino del Norte). In 2011 every note below middle C was a 3/4 tone flatter than every note to the right. Bach inventions and fugues morphed into Charles Ives without the mental effort of transposing...

I also know where the most decrepit piano in France is, too. But you'll have to walk all the from Norway to the Midi-Pyrenees to appreciate it...

twang, twango
have fun on your camino!
 

Susu60

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, La via plata, Aragon,
Hello all,
I am going to be walking the French way this June - August and I am very excited!
I am a pianist and was wondering if there's any pianos in albergues or hostel for people to play that you know of?

Not being able to touch the keys for two and a half months kind of worries me a little and I would like to take advantage of it if there any public pianos, music school, churches along the route?

Thank you a lot!

Ina
Tardajos, just past Burgos, has an out of tune piano, but it is a great albergue and lots of music!
 

PaulCat

Member
Camino(s) past & future
June (2015) & June/July (2018)
Hello all,
I am going to be walking the French way this June - August and I am very excited!
I am a pianist and was wondering if there's any pianos in albergues or hostel for people to play that you know of?

Not being able to touch the keys for two and a half months kind of worries me a little and I would like to take advantage of it if there any public pianos, music school, churches along the route?

Thank you a lot!

Ina
I'm walking June-July. If we bump into each other, maybe you can play and I can sing a song or two. I do plan on packing a harmonica and either my Irish flute or whistle. I'd pack my trombone but that'd just look silly.
 

lovingkindness

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
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Hola, Inoaz

PS... and if you're desperate to play on a Steinway Grand you'll need to start your camino in Poland! There's an exquisite grand piano at Szafarnia near Torun, directly on the Camino Polaco. Szafarnia hosts peregrinos overnight. In fact, at Szafarnia there's also a well tuned upright in the elegant room set aside peregrinos... You can play all night, there's hardly any other pilgrims!... Szafarnia is where F. Chopin spent a couple of summers during his youth. Here's a glimpse of Szafarnia + it's piano!

 
Camino(s) past & future
(2009): Camino Frances
(2011): Sevilla-Salamanca, VdlP
(2012): Salamanca-SdC, VdlP
(2014): SJpdP-Astorga
(2015): Astorga-SdC
(2016) May Pamplona-Moratinos; Sept.:Burgos-SdC
(2016): August/Sept: Camino San Olav (Burgos-Covarubbias), Burgos-Sarria
(2017): May: Portuguese; Sept: Pamplona-SdC
Granon, in the albergue in the medieval church bell tower. If you play the piano, it will be party time there. Most evenings, it is :)
 

GuernseySally

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planing to walk el Camino del norte in 2015
Alb. Essentia in Redecilla del Camino, just after Granon has a great piano and friendly host who’s happy for music sessions to take place. I got the details of this albergue from a blog on favorite albergues in this forum.
 

SYates

Camino Fossil AD 1999, now living in Santiago de C
Camino(s) past & future
First: Camino Francés 1999
...
Last: Santiago - Muxia 2019

Now: http://egeria.house/
Hello all,
I am going to be walking the French way this June - August and I am very excited!
I am a pianist and was wondering if there's any pianos in albergues or hostel for people to play that you know of?

Not being able to touch the keys for two and a half months kind of worries me a little and I would like to take advantage of it if there any public pianos, music school, churches along the route?

Thank you a lot!

Ina
Just out of curiosity - where are you actually starting your Camino? And btw the piano in Granon is so out of tune, you wouldn't believe it. BUT if you can play the organ, I can, most likely, arrange something for you here in Santiago ;-) Buen Camino, SY
 

Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
Hi Syates,
Thank you for the reply.
I will be staring my camino in St.James. Unfortunately, I can't really play organ.
I am also interested in giving out a mini recital at a church or cathedral. Do you think it's a wild idea?
Many thanks,

Ina
 

Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
Alb. Essentia in Redecilla del Camino, just after Granon has a great piano and friendly host who’s happy for music sessions to take place. I got the details of this albergue from a blog on favorite albergues in this forum.
Thank you so much,
Do you think they are interested in hosting a mini piano recital also? it would be great if I get to play!

Thank you!
Ina
 

Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
Hola, Inoaz

PS... and if you're desperate to play on a Steinway Grand you'll need to start your camino in Poland! There's an exquisite grand piano at Szafarnia near Torun, directly on the Camino Polaco. Szafarnia hosts peregrinos overnight. In fact, at Szafarnia there's also a well tuned upright in the elegant room set aside peregrinos... You can play all night, there's hardly any other pilgrims!... Szafarnia is where F. Chopin spent a couple of summers during his youth. Here's a glimpse of Szafarnia + it's piano!

OMG this is great! I wish I knew this earlier. I will start my camino in St. James. but I will keep this in mind. I will save it for later! thank you again.
ina
 

Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
I'm walking June-July. If we bump into each other, maybe you can play and I can sing a song or two. I do plan on packing a harmonica and either my Irish flute or whistle. I'd pack my trombone but that'd just look silly.
That would be great. I am thinking to bring my mini melodica (little keyboard with a blowing hose) in case I don't have any luck finding a piano. :)
 

Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
Hello @ Inaoz, if you feel like a taste of dementia, there's a fabulous piano in an old convent near Zumaia (Camino del Norte). In 2011 every note below middle C was a 3/4 tone flatter than every note to the right. Bach inventions and fugues morphed into Charles Ives without the mental effort of transposing...

I also know where the most decrepit piano in France is, too. But you'll have to walk all the from Norway to the Midi-Pyrenees to appreciate it...

twang, twango
have fun on your camino!
Thank you so much for your info.
 

Inaoz

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
This Summer june/August 2018
Hi Inaoz, I had a wonderful night around the piano a few years ago. It was at the Alb. S. Juan Bautista in Granon. A very humble allergue but one of my most treasured. There was a photograph of the communal room on this site a few weeks ago and the piano on display in the background. I have no idea if it will be in tune when you are there. I will be in Granon sometime in early July and hopefully I will hear you play.
Thank you! I hope to see you
 

simeon

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP LosArcos 09\14 Tricastella SDDC 0515 Porto SDDC 1015 LosArcos Burgos 1016 Burgos Leon 0917
Could you not carry your piano. Would probably be lighter than some bags coming out of sjpdp
 

GuernseySally

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Planing to walk el Camino del norte in 2015
Thank you so much,
Do you think they are interested in hosting a mini piano recital also? it would be great if I get to play!

Thank you!
Ina
Hi ina, the host was happy for guests to play the piano when I was there a couple of weeks ago. It’s quite relaxed, rather than a piano recital which sounds more formal. If you check out the albergues Facebook page there are several videos of guests playing the piano.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
St James? Do you mean St Jean?
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Mozarabe Almeria (2017)
Cherhill to Canterbury - Pilgrims' Way (2018)
Via Francigena (2019)
That would be great. I am thinking to bring my mini melodica (little keyboard with a blowing hose) in case I don't have any luck finding a piano. :)
You could get a roll up keyboard that weighs around a kilo. I'm not sure how that compares to the melodica in terms of playability and portability.

If you're looking for a decent piano for serious practice, you could contact music colleges on your way:

I tried searching for bars with pianos in the cities on the CF, but the name "piano bar" seems to have been adopted by the wrong kind of bar.
 

lovingkindness

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
.
Hi there @Inaoz

I have been wondering how you got on in 2018, playing pianos along the Camino. Perhaps by now you are thinking of another musical adventure!

...in France there are pianos in many railway stations...

All the pianos in this video are found in cities where pilgrims pass whilst following les chemins de St Jacques to Santiago de Compostelle : -Lille, Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Rennes, Marseille… Thre's also a piano in the station at Agen, a city on a variant route from Vézelay.

Cheers
Lovingkindness

 
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