Search

Homeless pianist learned to play on public piano at St Pancras Station

PUBLISHED: 18:10 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:35 14 September 2017

Picture: Emily Banks

Picture: Emily Banks

Archant

A French pianist who mesmerised the audience at a recital in Lauderdale House last week learned to play on a public piano at St Pancras Station while homeless.

Picture: Emily Banks Picture: Emily Banks

Francois Pierron, 22, moved to London from Calais in October 2014 and after having his wallet stolen and ended up living on the streets.

Mr Pierron would visit St Pancras Station every night and play on the piano there which is free to use to the public.

“During the day I was making lots of bad decisions so at night I needed to play the piano as a way of escape,” Mr Pierron said.

“I used to play the piano in France, a keyboard, but I was very bad. I have mastered my piano playing in London.

“I’ve learnt how to compose and do my harmonics while on the streets.”

He said the piano provided an escape from the harsh perils of being homeless in London.

However, after two years, Mr Pierron was banned from the station because of loitering. This ban remains in place until 2018.

Mr Pierron was invited by mayor of Camden Cllr Richard Cotton to play at Lauderdale House as part of a fundraising evening for CW4S homeless charity.

He described the event as was one of the “best places I’ve ever played at.”

The Frenchman, who is currently staying at a hostel in Notting Hill Gate says that he wants to build a future in music.

He said: “I want to 
collaborate with more people and be able to connect. I don’t know how to read music so that is something I want to learn so that I could maybe be part of an orchestra.

“Coming from my background, you truly understand what must be truly valued,” he said.

Former Labour spindoctor Alastair Campbell, who spoke at the event about homelessness and addiction, praised Mr Pierron’s performance.

He said: “It was the highlight of the evening. He was really amazing and it is a wonderful story.

“I wonder how many more talented people there are sleeping rough on our streets that we just walk past?

“As a society, it is time that we stop looking the other way as we pass people who are living rough on the street.”

“We need to get rid of the stigma around homelessness.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Hampstead school table tennis team is going for glory after getting through to the finals of the table tennis national school team championships.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Melange, with locations in Barnet and Crouch End, has opened a third in Belsize Park. Here co-owner Justina Markauskaite talks about removing the borders between cuisines and why they put family at the centre of everything they do

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Friends of West Hampstead Library got a welcome anniversary gift when the councillor responsible for libraries told them further library closures would happen “over his dead body.”

Friday, February 16, 2018

A six-year-old girl from West Hampstead has started her own campaign to cut down on plastic waste.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Three schoolboys were robbed by two men with a knife in Swiss Cottage on Tuesday in the latest in a spate of muggings of young victims.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A politician being chased out of Sicily by the mafia isn’t unheard of. However there’s not many politicians in Camden who have shared new Conservative leader Gio Spinella’s experience in Palermo.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

An 18-year-old man has been stabbed in an attack in West Hampstead.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

New housing benefit applicants in Camden are having to wait more than a month for their claims to be processed. This could lead to eviction and possible homelessness according to a leading housing charity.

PROMOTED CONTENT

Melange, with locations in Barnet and Crouch End, has opened a third in Belsize Park. Here co-owner Justina Markauskaite talks about removing the borders between cuisines and why they put family at the centre of everything they do

Less is More, a group exhibition at the Daniel Raphael Gallery will feature emerging artists from England, Italy, France and the Czech Republic, from January 24 to February 16.

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now