Live request piano shows will help get you through the lockdown

Shoreham’s Dominic Ferris has been striking the right chord with his Live Piano Request Shows, bringing a smile to fans spanning musical genres.

Dominic Ferris (Sarah Sutherland-Rowe Photography)
Dominic Ferris (Sarah Sutherland-Rowe Photography)

Dominic has been broadcasting his Live Piano Requests Shows for more than a year from his home in Shoreham as a fun break from his work as a pianist and music producer.

But now momentum is gathering.

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Having ramped up the broadcasts on his own social media channels in the hope of entertaining those self-isolating in the UK and internationally, Dominic was approached by Classic FM and Pianist Magazine to host takeover collaborations on their own channels.

The Classic FM takeover has already had nearly 100,000 views on Facebook, as the video continues to be watched.

Dominic has also arranged a Musical Theatre takeover with Official London Theatre website. A further national radio takeover is to be announced shortly.

Dominic said: “People are looking for something to lift their spirits and, for many, music seems to be the obvious way to turn. Self-isolation has meant that there is a great deal of loneliness in many households so I wanted to spread a little musical joy.

“Rather than a performance-based broadcast, I thought it would be nice to create something completely interactive where the public can become part of each episode.

“The key to engagement is the quickfire instant requests, usually in any genre – from pop music and classical to musical theatre and film themes. I’ve run Live Piano Requests as a bit of fun on my Facebook and Instagram pages over the past 18 months or so, but now more than ever, there seems to be a real universal connection through music.”

Dominic Ferris attended St Christopher's School in Hove and Hurstpierpoint College before studying at the Royal College of Music in London.

Now an internationally acclaimed pianist, Dominic’s recordings with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra have sold over three million albums worldwide.

He has performed on, and provided orchestrations for, six top ten albums, all recorded at Abbey Road Studios. He has collaborated with Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, and is currently working with Dame Shirley Bassey.

Dominic joined the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra as assistant musical director and pianist for the Elvis Presley: If I Can Dream UK arena tour and Memphis Symphony Orchestra for the USA anniversary tour, with a performance at Graceland with Priscilla Presley for the Elvis 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

Dominic regularly tours internationally with Elwin Hendrijanto as The Piano Brothers. Endorsed by Steinway & Sons, they create their own arrangements for two pianos, leading to an album collaboration with the London Symphony Orchestra and a performance on Friday Night Is Music Night for BBC Radio 2 with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

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