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Sixties all-night jazz sessions inspire nocturnal ‘pianothon’

Imagine 20 pianists, TV star and impressionist Alistair McGowan and celebrated actor Simon Callow in an all-night musicfest, plus a pianist who cycles through the night, arrives at dawn and sits down to play… 

This amazing event will take place on Friday 3 March, 7.30pm – Saturday 4 March, 7.30am at the Town Hall in Birmingham.

Tickets are just £1 and there will be a bar and catering all night.

Birmingham Conservatoire has put together a 'Piano All-Nighter' – a nocturnal ‘pianothon’ of featuring some of today’s greatest pianists, celebrity guests and musicians from its own ranks. 

The 12-hour, through-the-night, voyage of discovery was inspired by the all-night jazz sessions of the 1950s and 1960s at Town Hall Birmingham, and features over 20 pianists and guest artists including Alistair McGowan, Simon Callow, ‘The Olympianist’ Anthony Hewitt, Gergely Bogányi, Peter Donohoe, Mark Bebbington and Dr Anna Scott, plus a mystery guest of international stature.

Impressionist and amateur pianist Alistair McGowan – whose rekindled love of the piano is an inspiration for anyone who learned as a youngster to start playing again – will play music by Satie, Grieg and John Field. 

The Olympianist, Anthony Hewitt – who famously cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2012 giving piano recitals en route – cycles through the night from his London home to arrive at dawn. His progress will be screened live to Town Hall’s foyer.

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