Will Pickvance is more than anything else, a piano player. An improvising pianist by make-up, religiously practicing Bach Fugues, Beethoven sonatas and Brahms intermezzi, not with the intention of performing these great works but rather to feed a never-ending quest for musical vocabulary and depth in his own inventions. He cannot recall not being able to play the piano and cannot imagine what it must be like not to be able to play the piano.
Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners)
Will asks Father Christmas for a space ship, but he gets a piano instead. As he tries to work out how he might use it to reach the moon, Will is drawn into a fantastic pianistic adventure that sees him finding Bach in a cave, meeting a bad-tempered Beethoven and jamming with ‘Fats’ Waller.
Using music, humor and visuals to tell the fascinating story of the piano and some of the great musicians who have transformed what it can do, Will discovers that through music you can go anywhere you want. The show features whirlwind piano playing, songs and stories as well as hand-drawn projections.
Best for ages six and up
Part recital, part metamorphosis, Pianomorphosis is Will Pickvance, his piano and his stories. He takes us inside the workings of the piano concert with his trademark pianistic expression and yarn-spinning charm, regaling the audience with biographical anecdotes, with one hand ambling through the bass notes of his next ditty. Taking us from his youth through his fabled residency at Skibo Castle Will plays solos and tells stories.
Best for a main stage audience
“Masterful performance from a virtuoso player.”
“Pickvance does play the piano very, very well. His performance has a thoughtful structure…..The pace of the show is riveting…..His silly whimsical fancies about flying to the moon on a piano seem to come true at the end, with an impressive fantastic finale that captivates everyone.”