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Liverpool pianist swooped by a seagull

Internationally renowned pianist Paul Lewis has been forced to cancel several concerts following a low-flying seagull causing him to injure his finger.


The pianist was leaving a rehearsal with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra when the bird spooked him. Following this, Mr Lewis fell and sprained a finger, leaving him unable to play.

Paul Lewis is known for being the first pianist to perform a complete Beethoven concerto cycle in a single season by performing all five concertos in the 2010 BBC Proms season.

Lewis has been a classical musician from an early age. Following learning to play the cello, Lewis picked up the piano and by 1994 he had gained his first recognised international achievement – second prize at the 1994 World Piano Competition in London.

Prior to his accident, Paul Lewis had been due to play in two concerts this week with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, but the orchestra has confirmed that he has had to pull out.

A spokesperson for the orchestra has said they wish him a speedy recovery.


Cecily Sheppard

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