Preview: Worbey and Farrell on city charity gig

Worbey & Farrell. Pic: Comp
Worbey & Farrell. Pic: Comp
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WORBEY and Farrell are arguably one of the Capital’s best kept secrets.

The virtuoso pianists, who bring their trademark brand of humour to the classics, may constantly tour the world and have become regulars at the Fringe, yet they have never performed their full show in the city where they live.

All that will change tomorrow, however, when the Edinburgh-based duo perform a fundraising concert at St Andrew’s and George’s West Church, George Street, for LifeCare.

“We’ve performed in Edinburgh many times at the Fringe where we only get to play for less than an hour,” says Kevin Farrell.

“The thing about doing a full show is that we can really build a relationship with the audience which we’ve done in so many theatres around the world.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to do this in our home town.”

Explaining why they were attracted to LifeCare, a charity which supports the independence and wellbeing of older people through a range of care, support and community services, Steven Worbey adds, “This charity attracted us because it’s very much dedicated to working within the local community.

“When we visited their premises in Stockbridge, we were astounded at what they have to offer for everyone.”

In the concert, the pair will continue to push the boundaries of the piano, illuminating music of every style, from classical to popular and contemporary. Something for everyone.

“We’ve chosen pieces that will suit all shoe sizes. Favourites such as Carnival of the Animals, Rachmaninov’s 18th Variation, Highland Cathedral and some great surprises,” promises Farrell.

A highlight of the event will find the double-act playing along with the Edinburgh Symphony Orchestra, via a video link.

“That’s definitely a challenge,” says Worbey, “because the orchestra are in control and we have to follow the conductor, Gerry Doherty very carefully.

“It’s great to be using modern technology in a show that was traditionally based around a piano.

“And it is very exciting to be working with such wonderful and enthusiastic musicians and, of course, a local orchestra.”

If you want a taste of what to expect, type Worbey and Farrell into Youtube. In just a few years they have achieved more than a million hits.

It has to be said, however, that nothing beats the experience of the their world-class musicianship live on the night.

Worbey and Farrell’s LifeCare Benefit Concert, St Andrew’s and George’s West Church, George Street, tomorrow, 7.30pm, £15, 0131-343 0940