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Chinese piano concerto No. 1 ... in underground car park

Music students practise for entrance exam to conservatory in unlikely venue, newspaper reports

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 January, 2017, 1:05pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 January, 2017, 1:05pm

Music students in southwest China have transformed an underground car park at a market into a venue to practise for their piano exams, according to a newspaper report.

Seven second-hand pianos that were on display to attract potential customers at a nearby piano shop in Chengdu have been rented by a training school to help students sit the entrance exams for the nearby Sichuan Conservatory of Music, the Chengdu Economic Daily reported.

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Students started practising on the pianos piled with dust this month from 7am to 5pm, a car park ticket collector told the newspaper

An 18-year-old student from Zhejiang province hoping to be admitted to the music education department of the conservatory said she had been practising in the car park since January 9 to prepare for the exam.

“On one hand, it’s very close to the music school. On the other, the underground car park is much warmer,” the student was quoted as saying.

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She said she did not mind the parked cars and enjoyed the atmosphere of students busy working together.

A member of staff at the training school which rented the pianos said students also preferred practising in the car park as residents were not disturbed by the noise.