Updated: Oct 16, 2019
Worbey & Farrell are a British piano musical comedy duo comprising of Steven Worbey and Kevin Farrell - internationally acclaimed concert pianists with a wicked sense of humour.
They have played with the world's leading symphony orchestras, achieved over a million hits on YouTube, and entertained in over 150 countries around the globe with their barnstorming blend of sparky comedy and utterly sensational piano playing. Worbey and Farrell are a four-hands, one piano cabaret act that have performed throughout the UK and Europe in hundreds of theatres and festivals.
They have appeared numerous times on television in the UK, Portugal, Germany and Austria. They are regulars on BBC Radio, in particular, BBC Radio 3.
Their 2015 show Worbey and Farrell's House Party at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh was named amongst the top ten shows to see by Time Out (out of 3,300 shows at the Edinburgh Festival).
They were one of the few headline acts to perform on the maiden voyages of all three Cunard liners – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. Worbey and Farrell are Steinway Artists.
The will astound you by pushing the boundaries of their instrument, using it in unconventional ways to mimic the sound of a full symphony orchestra!
In this brand-new show following sell-out tours in 2014, 2015 and 2016, the internationally acclaimed duo brings their unique touch to the world’s greatest music. Expect exhilarating rhapsodies, beguiling boogie-woogies and sensational piano playing. From Liszt to Jools Holland, from Queen to Gershwin, the ingenuity of these amazing musicians makes you laugh one moment and takes your breath away the next. Prepared to be moved, delighted and utterly gobsmacked!
“Extremely virtuosic and beyond dazzling” - Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3.
“Jaw dropping talent” - Kate Copstick, Scottsman.
“Incredible!” - Eamon Holmes, This Morning ITV.
Worbey studied piano performance at the Royal College of Music between 1990 and 1995 with Phyllis Sellick and Yonty Solomon. During this time he won a scholarship to study at Post-graduate level with the pianist Peter Katin (with whom he performed in a series of piano duet concerts at the Fairfield Halls, Croydon). Since graduating, Steven toured extensively throughout the UK giving piano recitals and chamber music concerts.
Having always been interested in theatre, Steven has appeared in various theatre and television roles, including When Pigs Fly (Arts Theatre) and You Couldn't Make it Up (2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe). He is also the voice of Pod in the children's cartoon Pod's Mission for the BBC.
After graduating from the Royal College of Music in 1992, Farrell went on to work on the Emmy award-winning show Concerto with Dudley Moore. He toured with the English National Ballet and was then commissioned to write the music for the Jiving Lindy Hoppers' jazz ballet, Jungles of the Cities. As a composer, he has written a children's ballet The Water Babies and the music for the notorious play The Dead Monkey starring David Soul. He has also written music for over 80 documentaries and 4 feature films including Death of a Son starring Lynn Redgrave and Never Play with the Dead. He has regularly appeared on Liberty Radio, LBC radio and BBC London.
The pair met whilst studying at the Royal College of Music. Although pursuing separate careers, they met regularly to rehearse for a year and the act came together, fusing their personalities and skills. As Steven reflects, "It just clicked – the humour, the synchronisation, the improvised sense of fun. We discovered that we played the piano together in a way that had never been played before. We spend months on each arrangement, contorting ourselves into odd positions to create orchestral sounds from the piano. We like to think of the piano as our very own orchestra".
Their unique performance twist of both playing the same piano at the same time was, in part, due to the simple financial constraints of student life. The luxury of two pianos (and even two piano stools) being beyond their means. Their first gig was at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, which led to a flood of offers across the world.
Their mix of comedy and musical virtuosity has made them a global hit and gained them a dedicated following. From Papua, New Guinea to Berwick upon Tweed (literally on consecutive nights) they have performed in over 120 countries. They were once flown to Chicago to perform with Mickey Rooney for his 89th birthday concert, "That was a bizarre and wonderful weekend", says Worbey. "It was such an honour performing with a legend”.
JOHANNESBURG SEASON DETAILS:
Limited two-weeks only!
6 November – 17 November
PIETER TOERIEN’S MONTECASINO THEATRE
Performances: Wed – Fri @ 8pm, Sat @ 3pm & 8pm, Sun @ 3pm
Tickets: R280, R200, R120, R100 @ Computicket & Theatre Box Office (011) 511 1818