Gala Piano All-Nighter
Birmingham Conservatoire presents 12 hours of Piano Music through the night in the wonderful setting of Town Hall. Featuring Alistair McGowan, Simon Callow, Gergely Boganyi, Peter Donohoe, Dr. Anna Scott, Antony Hewitt and many more plus a mystery special guest!
The evening kicks off with the amazing Hungarian virtuoso pianist, Gergely Bogányi, who begins the recital with Chopin's Nocturnes. This is closely followed by some of our finest prizewinning students, including Domonkos Csabay, winner of the 2016 Amy Brant International Piano Competition. Our marathon finishes in monumental style on Saturday morning, with Messiaen’s Dieu Parmi Nous on the famous Town Hall Organ.
This unique event will have innovative seating in the round, three Concert Grand Steinways, and period pianos and harpsichords with bar and catering available all night.
Gergely Bogányi Complete Chopin Nocturnes
Mystery special guest Beethoven Sonatas Op. 109/110/111
Peter Donohoe Messiaen The Garden Warbler
Alistair McGowan Satie and Grieg
Dr Anna Scott Brahms as his circle might have played it
Schumann’s F sharp minor Sonata on a piano made by Clara Schumann’s cousin, W. Wieck
Anthony Hewitt The Olympianist leaves his house in Richmond at 7.30pm as the concert starts, bicycles throughout the night (with pictures beamed into the Foyer), arrives 6.30am and plays Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit
Strauss/Tennyson Enoch Arden, Melodrama for Narrator and Piano Op.38…with Simon Callow
Margaret Fingerhut, Daniel Browell, Pei-Chun Liao, Di Xiao, David Quigley, John Thwaites, Julian Jacobson, Bulgarian visitors, and all our finest young pianists can be heard in a single night!
Mark Bebbington, one of the country’s most respected interpreters of British repertoire, plays John Ireland’s great cycle Sarnia.