Pianist plays all of Beethoven’s sonatas for charityBy Victoria Smith
April 24, 2012
An amateur pianist from Earley hit all the right notes during a musical marathon, raising almost £3,000 for the Robbie the Robot Appeal by playing all 32 of Beethoven’s sonatas.
It took Peter Soul, 68, of Lakeside, 21 hours to perform the pieces on various dates from March 26, until Thursday, April 12, at South Hill Park in Bracknell.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in September 2009 and operated on by the da Vinci robot six months later in 2010.
Mr Soul wanted to show his gratitude to Royal Berkshire Hospital by supporting The Wokingham Times-sponsored appeal’s mission to raise the £1.2 million needed to keep the state-of-the-art machine in Reading.
He set out to raise £1,000 for the fund but received so many donations from family and friends that he quickly increased it to £2,500.
Mr Soul is still collecting sponsorship money and is “absolutely staggered” to have so far raised £2,900.
He said: “I just can’t believe I know so many people and they have been so generous.”
Talking about his performances, Mr Soul said: “They all went far better than I expected, particularly the tough ones. I just can’t believe I managed to get through.
“A lot of professional musicians said to me ‘surely he’s not going to attempt to play right through that’ but I managed to get through without stopping.
“I found I was playing to a very supportive audience.”
Mark Goff, chief executive of the Royal Berks Charity, said: “This is an absolutely fantastic achievement and is the result of a great deal of hard work and enthusiasm.
“I never cease to be amazed and impressed by the support we receive from our local community – from all of us here, a very big thank you.”