Alistair McGowan
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Monday 27th May 2019 14:22

Alistair's new show, 'The Piano Show' (formerly : 'Introductions To Classical Piano') continues to impress and inspire audiences around the country and has been described as 'The classical concert you've always wanted to see.'

Having been playing in earnest for under five years, McGowan delights in playing in public. The show got its original name because he introduced each piece he played to the audience with an informative and often witty story about the composer of each piece - he plays 14 pieces in total during 'The Piano Show'.

The pieces are short, romantic and accessible but span the history of music from Bach via Chopin to Debussy and Satie, Grieg and Glass, Gershwin and Bill Evans right up to Yann Tiersen.

Well-aware that he is no virtuouso, McGowan has carefully chosen simpler pieces which he hopes will inspire audience members, young and old, to start playing or to go back to the instrument. Many audience members have sought him out, post-show, to tell him that they intend to go back to the instrument after seeing him play.

They say they find his mistakes as appealing and inspiring as his playing.

The words : 'human', 'warmth' 'your clear love for the music' and 'lovely touch' crop up again and again.

He hasn't fallen out of love with impressions, however, and the show is sprinkled with new vocies like Fred Siriex, Prince Harry, Harry Kane and Jacob Rees Mogg as well as old favourites like Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

It's two great shows for the price of one.

'This is some career-change!' (Richard Madeley, Radio2).


MAY 2020

2nd Thornbury Festival

8th Chipping Norton Theatre

12th Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre

13th Radlett Centtre, Radlett

15th Cadogan Hall, London

17th, Philarominic Music Room, Liverpool

20th, Hippodrome, Darlington,

21st Steven Jopseph Theatre, Scarborough

22nd Town Hall ,Selby


JUNE 2020

1st New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme

3rdWatermark Theatre, Ivybridge

4th Northcott Theatre, Exeter,

6th Palace Theatre Newark,

12th Malvern Theatres,

13th Arts Centre, Tetbury

18th Town Hall, Loughborough,

20th Norwich Playhouse

26th Shanklin Theatre, Isle of Wight

27th, Rose Theatre, Kingston



17th Lichfield Festival



15th Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury

19th St Ives Festival

25th Courtyard , Hereford

26th Floral Pavilion, New Brighton

30th Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham



1st Alnwick Playhouse 

9th Poole


And he is performing alongside Garry Richardson, Charlotte Green and the Reverend Richard Coles in 'Radio Live' - a celebration of all things Radio - in :


Canterbury - May 7th

Bournemouth - May 31st

High Wycombe - June 10th

Petworth - July 28th


For all dates, venues and full booking details go to :



Monday 10th February 2014 07:15



His radio documentary, The Unsent Letters of Erik Satie, was one of Radio 4's picks of 2013. To listen click the link below:

Listen on the BBC