The moving story of the life and music of composer George Gershwin brought to life in this multi genre production featuring narration, live music and visual projections.

Classic Gershwin 3Classic Gershwin weaves the vibrant music of  the ever-popular composer George Gershwin with his fascinating life story from birth in the colourful, teeming New York of 1898 to his tragically early death in 1937.

With prize-winning pianist and famed Gershwin interpreter Viv McLean and RSC, National Theatre and TV actress Susan Porrett narrating, this production presents an intriguing, eclectic mix of Gershwin’s music from the much-loved Rhapsody in Blue, I got Rhythm Variations and Swanee to the rarely played, classical Preludes.

“Vividly illustrated.. rapturously received.. highly recommended.”

Frances Wilson (The Cross-Eyed Pianist)

Viv McLean


Viv McLean

“Exceptional… musical maturity and extraordinary sonority” (Le Monde)

Viv McLean won First Prize at the 2002 Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona and has performed in all the major venues in the UK, as well as throughout Europe, Japan, Australia and the USA. He has performed concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Halle Orchestra. As a keen chamber musician he has collaborated with many groups including the Leopold String Trio and the Sacconi String Quartet as well as artists such as Natalie Clein, Daniel Hope, Guy Johnston and Lawrence Power. Viv has recorded regularly for BBC Radio 3 as well as for radio in Germany, France, Australia, Norway and Poland.

Susan Porrett


Susan PorrettThe RSC, Royal Court and National Theatre actress

Susan’s last stage appearance was at Shakespeare’s Globe in John Dove’s production of The Heresy of Love in summer 2015. Before that she worked for the acclaimed theatre and opera director Richard Jones in Brecht’s The Good Soul of Szechuan at the Young Vic. Apart from a theatrical career including seasons with the RSC and the National Theatre she has a long list of TV and film credits including Upstairs, Downstairs, Poirot, Foyle’s War, Absolute Hell (with Judi Dench) and Alan Bennett’s A Private Function. At Christmas 2014 she was seen as Withers in the BBC’s major TV series Mapp and Lucia.


  • Full Length: 95 minutes plus interval
  • Lunchtime/Coffee concert : 60 minutes
  • Optional free post-concert talk/Q & A (30 minutes)
  • Minimal set with chair for narrator
  • No mics needed
  • Optional screen & projector for projected images
  • Tuned grand piano


Yvonne Evans

07889 399862