Ali's back with unique blend of music and mimicry
Following his Classical Chart-topping album Alistair McGowan: The Piano Album and the resulting tour, the multi-award-winning impressionist returns to the stage to mix classical piano music, historical anecdotes and celebrity voices in Introductions to Classical Piano.
Best known for his BAFTA-winning comedy show, The Big Impression, the master mimic brings to life his love of classical piano in tandem with his spot-on impressions.
Having not played the piano since he was a boy, Alistair reignited his passion for the instrument in his late 40s in order to play some of his favourite music, which led to the recording of his album just three years after his return to piano playing.
He said: “This tour is a whole new way of presenting classical piano music. It is, possibly, the first classical event in the world which has tried to intersperse romantic music with comedy.
“I’d be delighted if, as well as fans of classical music, I was able to encourage people who may not know much about the history of the piano to come and enjoy some of the incredible music written (and still being written) for the piano.
“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!”
Alistair will be appearing at the Civic Hall, in High Street, Bedworth, on Thursday, April 4 at 8pm, with tickets costing £17.50, available at www.civichallinbedworth.co.uk. Further details about the show are available at www.alistairmcgowan.co.uk