Denis Robinson from London, England, plays the piano at St Pancras train station three times a week. The piano is left there for any member of the public to play to make everyone’s journeys more pleasant. Commuters don’t usually bat an eyelid at the 91-year-old pianist and his tunes, but this time, something happened that would change his day completely.
At 91 years old, Denis has had plenty of time to practise, and boy is he good. But today, his musical prowess caught the attention of Matthew Rowland. Matthew was travelling with the rest of the touring company of acclaimed stage show “Cats”. He pointed out to his colleague that Denis obviously needed some accompaniment, and pulled out his phone to film what happened next.
His friend and colleague Ceili O’Connor plays Gumbie/Jennyanydots in the show, and also is the understudy for Grizabella. Therefore her vocal prowess is obvious, as she has to tackle the show-stopping, world-famous song “Memories”. She put her gorgeous voice to good use and joined Denis at the piano.
Her background in musical theatre is evident as she grins while effortlessly singing. She gently puts her hand on Denis’ shoulder and sings “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”.
A crowd soon gathered to watch the beautiful duet live, and afterwards, Matthew puts the video on Twitter. It soon goes viral, because it is obviously so beautiful and moving.
Matthew captioned the video, saying “We’re on our way to Brussels for the next leg of @CatsMusical tour. I saw this guy playing and called @CeiliOConnor as I knew he needed a singing partner. Captured a bit of the magic here. He was so sweet, saying Ceili ‘made his day’ and that she must be ‘in a show.’ Precious x”
They make quite the pair! Ceili herself commented once the video had gone viral, saying “Thank you for all the kind responses but the real star is my lovely new friend on the piano who lifted us all up by sitting down and playing his heart out. I could have sang with him all day.”
She continued saying, “I wanted to share this wonderful man with you because he certainly loves later life and is proving you can still spread joy and do what you love later on in life.”
Despite her humble words, Denis the 91-year-old pianist and Ceili the young musical theatre actress seem like the perfect musical partners. Let us know what you think of their beautiful impromptu performance in the comments! Share with your friends and family if you enjoyed, and check out similar stories on Happiest.
We’re on our way to Brussels for the next leg of @CatsMusical tour. I saw this guy playing and called @CeiliOConnor as I knew he needed a singing partner. Captured a bit of the magic here. He was so sweet, saying Ceili “made his day” and that she must be “in a show”. Precious x pic.twitter.com/Lx8oNfkO0b
— Matthew Rowland (@matthewrowlandx) March 18, 2019