PIANIST and entertainer Peter Gill presents a tribute to the wit and song-writing skill of that most English of Englishmen, Noel Coward, at Sydling St Nicholas near Dorchester on Friday, February 14 at 7.30pm.

The Wit & Songs of Noel Coward pays homage to a man who once said of himself 'I am an enormously talented man and there is no point in denying it'.

Born in 1899, Coward was an actor, writer, composer, director, producer, and in later life painter – and he excelled at them all. Through anecdote and song, Peter Gill will remind audiences of Coward’s dazzling wit and perform such gems as Mad About The Boy, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, A Bar on The Piccola Marina, Don’t Let’s Be Beastly To The Germans, Mrs Worthington and There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner.

Following an acclaimed tour of Meet Tommy Atkins as part of a programme of WW1 centenary events, Peter Gill is heading back to Dorset for three performances of his musical tribute to Noel Coward, which is set to tour once more with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

*The Wit & Songs of Noel Coward, St Nicholas near Dorchester on Friday, February 14 at 7.30pm. Call 01300 341735 for tickets. The tribute also tours to Broadoak Village Hall near Bridport on Thursday, February 13 at 7.30pm and Alderholt Village Hall on Sunday February 16 at 2pm. See artsreach.co.uk for more details and tickets.