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Pudsey brings Piano Season on the BBC to a spectacular close

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Steve Bowbrick Steve Bowbrick | 15:58 UK Time, Friday, 26 October 2012

Photograph of piano keys with limited depth of field.

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.


  • Comment number 1.

    A mere six weeks to learn some striking keys but how much longer to know the piano silences between them.

  • Comment number 2.

    I enjoyed listening to the 50 Great Pianists series but missed a good few. Unfortunately there appears to be no single link listing them all. There are some clips of the more recent broadcasts but it would be good to have them all in one place. Does anyone know whether there is such a link and I have missed it?

    Am I the only one who thinks that the Radio 3 website is quite difficult to navigate around?

  • Comment number 3.

    Hi donaloc. You can listen to Peter Donohoe's top 50 pianists on the web site. Thanks for your feedback on the new site too. It's early days and we're making it easier to find things as we go along. Don't forget to try the new smartphone app too. It's available for iPhone now and for other phones soon. Search for iPlayer Radio in the app store.

    Steve Bowbrick, Interactive Editor, BBC Radio 3


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