IT was the first performance of its kind in the UK.
Fifty amateur pianists playing the same piece of music simultaneously in the same venue.
The music filled Huddersfield Town Hall yesterday for the spectacular performance as part of Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
And the performance came after a mammoth logistical operation to ensure the instruments were all in place at the right time.
The piece the musicians tackled was Piano Phasing by Dutch composer Kristoffer Zegers.
Zegers was inspired to write the music from his childhood experiences.
He said: "When I was a little kid I would walk to the local church.
"I heard the bells ringing along with those from other churches and they were always out of phase.
"Even when I was young I was fascinated by this music."
Initially, Zegers wanted 50 pianos and 100 pianists to play the piece.
Steven Leeming, an associate at Besbrode Pianos, told the Examiner it would have been a "logistical nightmare" shifting 50 pianos into the town hall.
Instead, the Leeds-based company provided 23 upright pianos free of charge to sit alongside the two instruments already in the main hall.
Each piano is worth around £3,000 each and the company spent four weeks tuning them all to make sure they were the right pitch for the performance.
A removal company specialising in transporting pianos was hired to carefully lift the 23 pianos into the hall one by one.
Davie Tenniswoods, of Tenniswoods Removal Company, said: "The weight of the pianos was the biggest problem.
"And most of them have a polyester finish which can crack quite easily so you’ve got to be careful with that.
"The ones we brought to Huddersfield Town Hall are quite nice ones, you’d be talking £3,000 and upwards for each one."
Katie Grant’s one of stars at the keyboards
IT is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.
So when I was told there was a spare place to perform a piece by Kristoffer Zegers I jumped at the chance, writes Katie Grant.
Piano Phasing is a mesmerising piece of music.
Because of the superimposition of the different speeds that each pianist is playing, a huge cloud of sound is created.
Some parts sounded like raindrops or church bells chiming and reverberating around hall.
After the performance Kristoffer told me the venue had been perfect.
He said: “The acoustic here was very good.
“It has been performed before in Holland, but the level of the pianists here was even better – very accomplished.”
The performance was a great opportunity to meet like-minded people.
Piano is often a solitary instrument.
You can’t lug it on the bus and round to your friend’s house for a jamming session.
So it was fun to be able to play as part of a group for once.
Retired teacher Christine Stead, from Marsh, has been part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival audience for years.
She said: “I just wanted to take part in something.
“Very few people have the opportunity to do something like this.”