Concerts in the Clouds
In September 2018, a team of musicians and explorers took a grand piano into the Himalayas to break the record for the highest piano & harp concert ever performed.
Alex Stobbs especially composed a piece based on Chopin's work for the concert all to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
High altitudes can simulate the breathing difficulties caused by cystic fibrosis. Through this 4,800-metre-high concert, we want to show how music can help overcome barriers and raise awareness of this life-shortening genetic disease.
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We are a team of musicians, composers, creatives and explorers, all keen to do something a bit different to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The idea of a Concert in the mountains of India was born in the heart of Camden Market by Desmond O’Keefe, an eccentric Piano tuner with a passion for finding exciting ways to raise money for worthy causes.
Another of his Camden Piano Projects includes the world’s deepest ever concert earlier this year. Desmond also transported and gifted a piano to the ESCAMF school for street children in Mozambique.
Images courtesy of Erik Schrijver
A Boy Called Alex
An extraordinary composer with cystic fibrosis
Alex Stobbs from Kent in England is an extraordinary composer and fantastic musician. He has cystic fibrosis.
The 28-year-old has used his talents to compose based on Chopin’s work for this 4,800-meter-high concert. Interesting enough, some believe Chopin also had cystic fibrosis...
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to fighting for a life unlimited for everyone affected by cystic fibrosis. We invest in: Cutting-edge research to develop new treatments, provide advice and support for people with cystic fibrosis and their families through our free helpline, emergency grants and information resources, campaign on issues that matter to the cf community such as access to medicines and promote great quality of care for people with cystic fibrosis.
Chopin in the clouds will feature the work of Alex Stobbs, Janet Harbison and Anne Marie O’Farrell, Frédéric Chopin and Evelina De Lain
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Our Concert Hall?
India has a big waste problem. That is why we take the challenge to build a concert hall from waste only. Our design largely consist of recycled plastic bottles and is built to last for ever. We intend to show that discarded plastic bottles can be used as a strong building material to construct irrigation systems and earthquake resistant houses.
In August 2016 the team from Camden Piano Projects built the first recycled plastic bottle greenhouse in the Himalayas at 3,250 metres. It has survived well in spite of baking hot summers and winter snows of minus 20 degrees.
At Dorp Festival in Leeuwarden in 2018, we built a prototype of the dome under supervision of Eric Schrijver, an architect specialised in art projects.
It was an incredible experience for the team to see the first version of the dome at sea level and we can only imagine what it looks like in the mountains.
Our donation to
At the end of our journey, we donated the piano to the Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). SECMOL was founded in 1988 by a group of young Ladakhis with the aim to reform the educational system of Ladakh. SECMOL Alternative School which is the eco-friendly campus near Leh organises residential activities for Ladakhi youth and students attending college in town.
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