Key figures go the distance to help celebrate the piano in Gosforth

Key figures go the distance to help celebrate the piano in Gosforth

The piano in Gosforth Civic Theatre, like most of the pianos around the world, has 88 keys. Piano Day is an annual worldwide event which takes place on the 88th day of the year and celebrates this ever-popular musical instrument.

The 88th day of 2020 falls on Saturday 28th March. In response, local pianist and award-winning composer Steve Luck is bringing the next edition of his Great Northern Piano Sessions back to the Gosforth Civic Theatre, featuring a top-quality line up drawn from the growing contemporary classical scene. Travelling from Vancouver to play is pianist and composer Nathan Shubert and there will also be a set from Worcester based pianist Ben Crosland as well as one from concert organiser Steve Luck. The concert will begin at 7.30pm.
The event is part of the Atmospherica composer concert series and, is a must for lovers of accessible, thoughtful and captivating piano music and is billed as “an unmissable evening of lovingly crafted, heartfelt and beautiful original music.”


Contemporary classical music is on the rise. Big name European composers like Ludovico Einaudi, Nihls Frahm, OlafurArnalds and Max Richter have done much to popularise the genre which has its roots in classical music but is also heavily influenced by pop, folk, world, film and electronic music. You can expect accessible ambient piano music often with a meditative, soothing, serene feel to it which is both captivating and powerfully cinematic. The Atmospherica Series seeks to provide more opportunities for special live performances of new music in this genre and to develop the audience for this music here in the north of England.

Organiser Steve Luck said of the event “I am especially delighted to welcome both Nathan and Ben here to Newcastle and I’m very much looking forward to hearing them play. I have admired their recordings for a long time and I’m sure that the north east audience are going to love the music that they play especially in such a beautifully intimate venue as Gosforth Civic Theatre. The last few piano events in there have been wonderfully received. It’s fantastic to be part of world piano day too – it’s an inspirational initiative that was set up a few years ago by the German composer Nils Frahm and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger each year.”

All three piano day featured composers make music which is rooted in a sense of place.

Ben Crosland credits the beautiful countryside surrounding his hometown of Worcester as the primary inspiration behind his debut album “Songs from Rainbow Hill”. Strong melodic lines and a convincing sense of narrative define this unique, yet highly approachable voice for solo piano.

Drawing on influences from Nils Frahm and Erik Satie, as well as field recordings from his travels across North America and Europe, Vancouver-based pianist/composer Nathan Shubert’s engaged, empathic take on contemporary classical blends muted physicality with an exceptional ear for beauty.

Founder of the Atmospherica series Steve Luck completes the line up and will perform a selection of pieces which are influenced by his Tyneside and Northumbrian roots.

TIME: 7.30PM
Tickets priced at £12 (concessions available) on sale at

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