22 February 2019
By Ellie Palmer
The comedic star will combine romantic music with comedy as he performs at Besbrode Pianos
Alistair McGowan presents: Introductions to Classical Piano
7 April, 8pm
Besbrode Pianos, Leeds
TV star and pianist Alistair McGowan will perform one of Leeds most unique venues on Sunday 7th April - the piano emporium Besbrode Pianos.
Behind the walls of Besbrode’s unassuming warehouse hides a stunning treasure trove showcasing 300 ornate, decorative and antique pianos, including concert grand Steinways.
The impressionist, stand-up, writer, actor and pianist will bring together all of his talents for his show. Alongside his trademark impressions, McGowan will talk a little about composers and the challenges of learning the piano at the age of 49. He’ll also perform short pieces from his hit record, The Piano Album. McGowan found considerable fame performing on the hit shows Live At The Apollo and Big Impression.
Of his upcoming appearance at Besbrode Pianos, McGowan said, “It is, possibly, the first classical event in the world which has tried to intersperse romantic music with comedy. As well as having the chance to share a little of the stories of the lives of the great composers and the extraordinary music they write, I simply can’t perform in a room and not have some fun with my favourite impressions. It could well be the first show in which you hear Harry Kane alongside the music of George Gershwin, Jacob Rees Mogg between pieces by Edvard Grieg. I hope this show introduces people to some wonderfully romantic music and demonstrates to anyone who harbours a secret ambition to take up music, that it really is never too late!”
Melvin Besbrode, owner of Besbrode Pianos said: “It promises to be a very special, intimate evening for music lovers, surrounded by beautiful pianos in our stunning venue. It’s extra-special to have Alistair perform in Leeds, with its international reputation and proud heritage around the piano.”