Harry the Piano Dazzles at Ardingly
The evening of Monday 8th May saw the visit to Ardingly College of piano virtuoso and improviser extraordinaire, Harry the Piano.
As with other artists who have performed as part of the Music@Ardingly concert series, Harry first delivered a couple of masterclasses to pupils of both the Prep and Senior Schools. These focused on improvisation technique and gave the pupils plenty of ideas to take away.
In the evening, already wowed by some of the YouTube footage this phenomenal artist has (he has over 3 million hits), the audience of pupils, staff and members of the public were left spellbound by a display of sheer flamboyance, musicianship and skill as Harry dazzled us with his impressive memory, virtuosic fingerwork and light-hearted charm.
With numbers that ranged from interpretation on mobile phone ringtones to a medley of Gershwin hits, this performance was interspersed with witty commentary which culminated in a requests medley from the audience. This included improvisations on Batman, Queen, Test Match Special, Billy Joel and Mozart to name but a few and left the audience in a state of amazement as to the creativity, spontaneity and sheer brilliance of this fantastic artist.