Comedian Alistair McGowan, who is best known for his impressions of celebrities, will be performing at a glittering gala concert of piano, comedy and song near the Powys border.

The comic, who recently moved to Shropshire, will be play a number of short piano pieces interspersed with his trademark impressions at the black tie event in Walcott Hall near Lydbury North.

“I’ve heard a lot about the magical nights at Walcot Hall and really can’t wait to perform there," Alistair said. "It should be a very special night."

At the age of 49, Alistair went back to the piano, having reached Grade 2 as a nine-year old, achieving a number one Sony album that grew into successful live concerts.

Also performing on the night will be folk singer-songwriter, Deborah Rose, who lives in Ludlow and violinist Ben Walsh and pianist Martin Riley for the special show.

Alistair added:"I’ve had the pleasure of watching Deborah perform and hearing her ethereal voice and the idea of doing a show with her was irresistible. Our musical styles are quite different but will, I think, gel very well."

The Welsh singer/songwriter whose emotive, timeless voice has been described by folk legend Judy Collins as “one of the finest I’ve heard”. She regularly offers music workshops to adults suffering with dementia, and teaches songwriting internationally in prisons, and schools.

Deborah said, “I’ve always loved Alistair’s Impersonations, especially of TV presenter Richard Madeley, Ross of ‘Friends’ and Welsh newsreader Huw Edwards, and to hear him play piano was a wonderful surprise. While the genres we play are different, there's a crossover and common thread in our approach and appreciation of music. I’m really excited to be performing at Walcot Hall this Autumn, it’s a beautiful time of year for a concert.”

The gala concert at Walcot Hall, Lydbury North, will be held on Saturday, November 13, at 6.30pm. Tickets are £50 and can be bought online. For more details please call 01588 630023