Night-ride - Barnes to Birmingham!


Friday 3 March, 7.30pm - Saturday 4 March, 7.30am Town Hall Birmingham

Almost five years since my epic Land’s End to John O’Groats concert tour by bike, I am thrilled to announce the recycling of the Olympianist for a new challenge: London to Birmingham over-night. This is a un undertaking that is less grand in timescale, but no less bold in ambition - and perhaps even more daunting.

As soon as the first note of this unique all-night pianothon is sounded at the historic Town Hall in Birmingham, I’ll set off from my London home and cycle through the night to Town Hall in Birmingham, where on arrival and before the sun starts to creep over the horizon, I’ll plays Ravel’s ‘Gaspard de la Nuit'. Live pictures of the ride will screened in the foyer, and our progress will be tracked.

Playing Ravel’s nocturnal masterpiece poses pianistic challenges at the best of times, let alone at 7am after having cycled 125 miles through the winter night!! But it is one I am revelling, and with the right ‘cyclogical’ approach (and hopefully tail winds), is achievable

I am very grateful to be joined by a group of club mates who will assist me in this slightly mad - and insomniac - venture. See how long you can stay awake to follow our progress. A champagne breakfast awaits for those who can last the distance.

Comment and advice all appreciated.

I’ll be updating and posting Live videos in the days ahead.