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Pudsey brings Piano Season on the BBC to a spectacular close

Head of Interactive, Radio 3

Chris Wines is the Radio 3 producer responsible for Piano Season on the BBC. He's getting ready to bring down the curtain on this festival of pianos and pianism - SB.

Piano Season on the BBC reaches its climax on Monday with a Gala Concert from Cardiff with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Grant Llewelyn. We have a pianistic tour de force in which established virtuosi sit alongside the piano novice for a packed programme of music by Bach, Dohnanyi, Fitkin and Rachmaninov.

Kathryn Stott, Noriko Ogawa and Valentina Lisitsa share the stage with the joint winner of the Yamaha International Amateur Pianist Competition, Thomas Yu; and with the one-armed pianist Nicholas McCarthy who will perform solo items for the piano left-hand; and also with four of our "piano learners" - BBC presenters and celebrities who have undertaken to learn the piano in just six weeks and who now perform with BBC National Orchestra of Wales live on Radio 3. They'll be supported by Blue Peter's Barney Harwood in an arrangement of music by Dohnanyi. The whole concert is being given in support of BBC Children in Need and even Pudsey will make his concert platform debut at the piano.

This weekend sees the culmination of Peter Donohoe's selection of 50 Great Pianists and on Sunday morning the featured Vintage Pianist will be Artur Schnabel.

In Tune is in party mood on Monday when their A-Z of the piano reaches a peak with Z for Zany.

All-in-all, a spirited climax to the Piano Season on the BBC.

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