All night pianothon planned by Birmingham Conservatoire

All night pianothon planned by Birmingham Conservatoire

Inspired by jazz all-nighters in the 1960s, Birmingham Conservatoire is planning an 12-hour pianothon beginning on 3 March at 7:30 p.m. and running until 7:30 the next morning.

Yamaha C7
A Yamaha C7 concert grand piano. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Music at the concert will include a full performance of Chopin’s Nocturnes, three Beethoven Sonatas, and works by Brahms, Satie, Grieg and Schumann. Schumann will be played by Dr. Anna Scot on a piano made by Clara Schumann’s cousin.

In a test of endurance, Anthony Hewitt will cycle from his home in Richmond beginning at 7:30 p.m. with the aim of arriving in time to perform on the piano at 6:30 a.m. at Birmingham Town Hall.

“I wanted to put together something that was shocking in its audacity, youthful in its exuberance and, in its totality, offering the finest night of piano playing anywhere on the planet this year,” John Thwaites, head of keyboard studies at Birmingham Conservatoire. commented.

The event will have bar and catering facilities throughout the night and a special guest appearing to play the Beethoven pieces. Find out more and book tickets here.

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