THE UK premiere of a concert featuring a computercontrolled piano takes place on Tuesday, November 9, at Gisborough Hall.

Entitled Rachmaninoff plays Rachmaninoff, it is a broader version of a concert given last November at Carnegie Hall, New York.

The music will “emerge” from the piano, built by Richard Shepherd in Nunthorpe, having been recovered from the original piano roll and scratchy 78rpm recordings.

Mr Shepherd will introduce the concert and speak about his Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano, which has been adapted to re-create performances by Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson.

Items include an organ-like rendering of Widor’s Toccata, a happy birthday medley reminiscent of Victor Borge and a comic poem on “Why wasn’t Rachmaninoff’s famous Prelude written in Csharp major?”

Chris Smith, of Guisborough, a young award-winning pianist/composer, will play solo pieces and duets.

The concert starts at 7.30pm; tickets cost £10 and can be bought from rom Gisborough Hall on 0844-870-9149. All proceeds will go to Rotary charities.