Watch as a homeless man playing piano moves commuters to tears

A homeless man in Newcastle has wowed crowds of commuters with his near flawless rendition of 'Fur Elise'

Caroline Mortimer
Saturday 23 May 2015 14:14
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Homeless Alan Donaldson wowed crowds with his rendition of the Fur Elise
Homeless Alan Donaldson wowed crowds with his rendition of the Fur Elise

Passengers have been moved to tears by a homeless man playing classical music on a piano flawlessly at a train station.

The man, later identified as 26-year-old Alan Donaldson, was told to leave Newcastle Central Station by police officers but refused and sat down at the piano instead.

The footage of the incident, which is believed to have taken place in early May, has now been viewed more than 75,500 times and shared 1,500 times, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.

Michael Kinnison, who saw Donaldson’s playing said on Facebook: “At first a policeman tried to stop him and told the homeless man to leave, but, eventually he let him sit at the piano.

“People, including the policeman, were stood by laughing to themselves as they watched the homeless man sit at the piano.

“However their mocking turned to shock as the man burst into a beautiful rendition of Für Elise.”

“He then played a variety of other classical pieces over the next half an hour, each time flawless.”

He said a woman who was part of a hen party originally laughing at Donaldson was moved to tears by his performance.

In response, an school friend of the homeless man, Leo Robertson, set up a fundraising page to to help him find a place to live which has currently received just over £1,500 in donations in just two days.

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