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).
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
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
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 : 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: