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Ageas Salisbury International Arts Festival 2017
31 May 2017 The Salberg


Wednesday 31 May at 8pm

"half man, half piano, Will Pickvance uses the piano like a ventriloquist uses their dummy" BBC Radio 3

"a singular blend of virtuosity and humour, this is what being a prodigious player in the 21st century looks like" The List

Sitting at the piano, under the light of a stand lamp, Will Pickvance recounts for his soonto-be-born son the tales that have led to his finding himself at this very moment - what he calls his Pianohood, a virtuoso’s variations on his life’s theme.

Part-recital, part-storytelling, Will recounts encounters with pianos across the world, intertwining improvisations that take in Bach, jazz legend ‘Fats’ Waller, Radiohead and more with a gentle, humorous yarn-spinning charm. Describing him as ‘an 88 key genius’, poet Ian McMillan has hailed Will as ‘half-man, half-piano… using the piano like a ventriloquist uses their dummy or as a dressage rider uses their horse.’

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