Phil Taylor
Contemporary piano/mixed-media

Sunday October 30 5pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under) BUY TICKETS


Beauty and the Beast: A juxtaposition of our Industrial Heritage and Nature experienced through ambient jazz piano, electronics and video

A journey through industrial history, a sneaky peek inside obsolete and derelict mills, factories, power and chemical plants, tracing the steps from primitive industry to modern industrial plant and then to its demise. The piece is a kaleidoscopic trippy montage of images, sounds and live and processed piano in eight movements. The last movement gives an example of how repurposing industrial and urban sites can provide hope for the future and demonstrates how beautiful things can grow from the desolation of our industrial heritage.

Phil will also be playing some solo piano compositions from his album Minor Planets.

The piece was commissioned by Hebden Bridge Piano Festival for the 2020 festival and is written and performed by Phil Taylor. Because of the pandemic this is its first performance.

Beauty and the Beast was written in memory of Phil’s civil partner Tim Taylor Willson who was a much-loved, very active member of the Piano Festival’s Board and one of its most enthusiastic advocates.