Channel 4's The Piano with Claudia Winkleman filmed at Liverpool Lime Street

Liverpool Lime Street will make an appearance on Channel 4's The Piano with Claudia Winkleman tonight.

Back in February, Channel 4 film crews were spotted in the centre of the station as commuters passed through during the day. A small circle formed around Claudia while she stood beside a piano and welcomed people to step up to play one of their favourite songs.

The location was kept inconspicuous with only a small team present so as not to unnerve the pianists. The scenes were filmed for a portion of Channel 4's The Piano which sees amateur pianists from all over the country show off their skills.

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Hidden away elsewhere was pop superstar Mika and the greatest pianist in the world, Lang Lang. Behind the scenes, the pair watched the amateur pianists performing before making the difficult decision on who will progress in the show.

According to the show's description, tonight's episode will see Claudia, Mika and Lang Lang meeting a call centre manager who raps and the "people's grandad" Billy The Hat.

Back in 2022, the ECHO spoke to Billy's granddaughter India Fishwick about his love of the piano. The grandad, from Anfield whose real name is Gordon Fishwick, doesn't own a piano himself but often performs during Liverpool ONE's Tickle the Ivories festival.

Gordon Fishwick playing one of the pianos in Liverpool One
Gordon Fishwick playing one of the pianos in Liverpool One -Credit:India Fishwick

India, from Huyton, told the ECHO previously: "From a very young age, my grandad played piano. His family couldn’t afford piano lessons, so they used to send his eldest brother Bert to piano lessons and he would come back and teach them all.

“If someone asks my grandad to play something, he can’t, because he can’t read music, he plays by ear. If you play a song to him, he’ll play it back. So when Tickle the Ivories came around in Liverpool city centre, he’s been doing it for years. He used to go with my nan but when she passed away, we’ve all taken him - he loves it.

“He calls himself Billy the Hat - it’s like his stage name. I feel like so many people know him now - wherever we go, people are like ‘you alright Billy?’

During tonight's episode there will be a "station sing-a-long" and the presenters will have to choose a pianist for the last place in the final concert. The Piano stresses there is no "winner" as it opts to drop the competitive aspect in favour of highlighting the talents and stories of all involved.

*Tonight's episode (Sunday, May 26) will air at 9pm on Channel 4.

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