Lang Lang at the Southbank this weekend – lots of free events.

Any serious pianist will have heard of Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist that is an inspirational figure in the world of music – and beyond. He featured in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over five billion people viewed Lang Lang’s performance in Beijing’s opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and the future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano – a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as “the Lang Lang effect.”

He performed earlier this week at The Royal Festival Hall where he received 3 standing ovations for his performance of works by Bach, Chopin and Schubert.

This weekend, you can see him at The Southbank Centre in a weekend of events called “Lang Lang Inspires”. I definitely urge you to go along and see him in action. He is specifically working with groups of young pianists, aged 6+ in a ‘massed piano’ event as part of the Young Pianists Week.

Lang Lang: Massed Piano Day – 22 May 2011, 5:00pm
Lang Lang in Concert – 21 May at 19:30pm

Free events (not featuring Lang Lang) include:

Mass Toy Pianos – 21 May 2011, 6:00pm
Kate Ryder and James Hesford combine their strong musical forces and play a selection of pieces for toy pianos en masse!

Piano Scrapheap Challenge – 22 May 2011, 10:00am
Come to The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall and watch four teams of sculptors, engineers, artists and pianists give unloved pianos a new lease of life.

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