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REVIEW - Alistair McGowan: Introductions to Classical Piano at King's Lynn Festival

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Alastair McGowan (3010831)
Alastair McGowan (3010831)

In a week when the favourite football score of one comedian who stepped into classical music became reality, (that's East Fife 4, Forfar 5) perhaps it was appropriate that another was on stage taking a similar path.

But if Alistair McGowan was really trying to prove that a show mixing comedy and piano music didn't work, as he suggested, he may not quite have succeeded.

Now, I should confess that I know as much about the playing of classical music as I do about brain surgery so maybe I'm not best placed to judge the quality of that aspect of the evening.

Certainly if you're expecting a highly polished musical performance, this is probably not the show for you.

But the trend towards unlikely fusions of genres, such as orchestras linking up with dance DJs, suggests there is a demand for fresh takes on established works.

To my ear at least, he seemed to mostly be playing the right notes in the right order, despite his obvious moments of frustration at a couple of slip-ups.

Add to that the impressionist's talent that has clearly stood the test of time and there should be enough for both the comedy and the music fan to enjoy. After all, where else are you likely to hear Boris and Bach in the same breath?

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