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Top five online piano performances by celebrities during lockdown

During lockdown in the UK, celebrities have used their online platforms to lift people’s spirits.Some have spread musical joy.

Some have spread musical joy.

Music is language that we all understand; it unites us, and it has been great to see how people have been able to come together in a virtual setting despite being confined to their homes. Here, we select our top five online piano performances by celebrities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Gary Barlow

The Take That front man has been working hard to spread happiness online by duetting with a whole host of musical artists in a series dubbed ‘The Crooner Sessions’. We have seen the likes of Michael Ball, All Saints, Craig David and many more household names join him while he demonstrates an extensive piano playing prowess.

The Crooner Sessions’ 60-episode compilation has amassed a following of 1.3 million over the past 14 weeks, and continues to grow as Barlow shares with his fans new collaborations.

Jools Holland

Jools Holland has been teaching piano lessons for free online to those stuck for inspiration! Starting with the basics of his infamous boogie-woogie style, the television star has been breaking down a variety of musical techniques to assist beginners.

In his first lesson, he said: “If you don’t have a piano, get Dad’s shirt or Mum’s tablecloth when they are not looking and draw keys on it so you can practice silently.” It meant nobody could feel left out!

We have been loving watching each lesson during lockdown, especially the ‘Stay Home and Play Ray Charles’ Hard Times’ – a welcome reminder that in these challenging times we should remember and give thanks to those working on the front line.

Hugh Laurie & Jools Holland

We have also seen Hugh Laurie and Jools Holland join forces on an edition of ‘Later…With Jools Holland’ from their respective home and studio, duetting ‘We’ll Meet Again’. This particularly poignant piece has been held dear in the hearts of many Britons since VE day because it captured how so many are feeling.

That sensation became more acute after the passing of Dame Vera Lynn, the song’s original artist. Take a look at the duo’s beautiful and moving performance here.

Brendan Kavanagh

Contemporary British pianist, Brendan Kavanagh, also known as ‘Dr K’, recently took to YouTube to perform a ‘Happy Piano Livestream For The Post Lockdown Blues’.

As restrictions ease across the country, many still feel uncertain, which is why Kavanagh and his boogie- woogie playing have been so positively received by viewers online! The livestream is still available to view here if you are interested in discovering more about his innovative and improvised mixture of jazz, blues and rock and roll.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

During the lockdown, Andrew Lloyd Webber took to Twitter to play some of his most famous pieces of music on the piano for all to enjoy. One of the crowd favourites was undoubtedly Webber’s ‘All I Ask of You’ from the 1986 musical ‘Phantom of The Opera‘ – a popular choice among his followers.

Since then, Webber realised the demand for his online performances and has continued to let people vote for their favourite pieces as part of a ‘lockdown listening party! You can take a look at his profile for musical classics such as ‘Any Dream Will Do’ and ‘Memory’ from CATS.

If you have been inspired by any of these amazing celebrity performances, and are considering whether to buy or hire your own piano, why not get in touch with us today? We have recently reopened our showroom in London, and our staff are more than happy to show you our extensive range of upright and acoustic pianos.

You can book an appointment by contacting us on 0207 935 8682, or send an email to info@marksonpianos.com

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