Frugl Promoters: Lorraine Liyanage – Piano and Harpsichord Teacher

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It’s 8pm, Saturday night. Where are you and what are you doing?

Playing the harpsichord in a derelict church in Peckham.

If you’re a performer, what is your pre-show ritual?

Lager and a scotch egg from Hop Burns & Black

Which famous Londoner would you most like to invite to your event and why?

The Artful Dodger so I can borrow his hat for my next recital.

Our round. What are you drinking?

Zubrowka bison leaf vodka. Or Ribena.

What’s the best bargain you’ve ever bought?

A four-spiked metal gizmo to cook your baked potatoes quicker at Deptford Market

Which is your favourite tube line and why?

The orange overground as it’s got free Wifi.

London is full of excellent statues – if you were to have one of yourself cast what would it look like and where would it stand?

An edible statue made of hoppers on Rye Lane in Peckham.


What is your favourite hidden London hangout?

Lassco in Vauxhall. A veritable treasure trove of antiquities and delights, plus a great restaurant and bar attached to it too.

Top tip for someone new to town to survive London?

Southern trains’ appalling service made me decide there’s gotta be another way to live. I don’t miss that commute.

What inspired you to start your business?

I’d had enough of being a corporate monkey, decided to stick it to “The Man” and go it solo. I didn’t want to be 30 and commuting into town to do an office job that I hated!

Congratulations! An aged and generous benefactor has died and left you £10,000,000. What business dream do you carry out?

Free harpsichord tuition for all school children.

What one thing should our new mayor try to do?

Make affordable housing affordable.


Describe your perfect customer/punter/audience member.

Loves Bach.

If your business had a coat of arms and a motto what would they be?

Soli Deo Gloria (a common inscription on Flemish harpsichords in the 17th/18th century) that reminds us that music has a higher purpose!

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