Tuesday 22 October 2019

Sara Bareilles serenades commuters on Elton John piano ahead of Waitress launch

The American singer wrote the music and lyrics to the musical which is opening in the West End.

Sara Bareiiles performs in London (Carsten Windhorst/PA)
Sara Bareiiles performs in London (Carsten Windhorst/PA)

By Alex Green, Press Association Entertainment Reporter

Sara Bareilles has serenaded commuters at St Pancras International with songs from her new album, played on the station’s famous Sir Elton John piano.

The American singer performed tracks from her upcoming record, Amidst The Chaos, ahead of the launch of Waitress the musical in the West End on Thursday night.

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Sara Bareiiles, London, 7 March 2019. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst

Bareilles, best known for her 2007 track Love Song, wrote the music and lyrics to the musical, earning Tony and Grammy nominations for her work.

The 39-year-old sang tracks including Love Song and popular hit single Brave to a crowd from the piano, which was donated by Sir Elton in 2016. The instrument has also seen public performances from John Legend and Jeff Goldblum.

Bareilles said the “pop up performance” had been a “favourite”, thanking the station and “all the gorgeous smiling faces who came out”.

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Sara Bareiiles, London, 7 March 2019. Photo by: Carsten Windhorst

Commercial director for HS1 Ltd Wendy Spinks said: “Our world-famous public pianos are an important part of the station’s landscape and the impromptu performances by amateurs and professionals, young and old, bring smiles to the faces of our visitors on a daily basis.”

Bareilles’s new album Amidst The Chaos is set for release on April 5.

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