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 name because he introduces each piece he plays to the audience with an informative and often witty story about the composer of each piece - he plays 14 pieces in total during the evening.
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 has three shows left and is already planning more shows with some new pieces for 2020.
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).
Stevenage - September 27th
Shrewsbury - September 28th
Aldeburgh - Oct 4th
Bretforton Grange, Worcs. - Oct 26th
Chelsea Arts Club - Oct 27th
Porthcawl Pavilion - Nov 1st
PLUS over 20 dates next spring/summer in : Thornbury, Coventry, Radlett, Liverpool, Darlington, Scarborough,Selby, Bath, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, Exeter, Newark, Malvern, Cirencester, Loughborough,Norwich, Shanklin, Kingston, Canterbury and Lichfield.
Alistair is also back out on the road with more stand-up shows with Jasper Carrot 'An Evening Shared...' from mid-November - in Harlow, Kingston, Bath, Retford, Harrogate, Portsmouth, Mold, Lancaster, Ulverston and Douglas.
And he is performing alongside Garry Richardson, Charlotte Green and the Reverend Richard Coles in 'Wireless Wise' - a celebration of all things Radio 4 - in :
Nottingham - Oct 6th
Bury-St-Edmunds - Oct 12th
Eastbourne - Oct 20th
Canterbury - Nov 3rd
For all dates, venues and full booking details go to : www.highfieldproductions.com
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: