A 12-year-old street pianist who enchanted a crowd of shoppers with a series of dance anthems from the 1990s has been playing since he was a baby, his father revealed.
Impressive footage of Harrison Crane playing hits such as Children by Robert Miles, Eiffel 65’s Blue (Da Ba Dee) and Darude’s Sandstorm on a red Liverpool ONE piano have watched over a million views online.
The younger father’s Jonathan Crane, 40, told MailOnline Harrison that he had shown interest in music from an early age, and said, “Since he was someone, he has always been pressing the keys.”
School teacher Mr Crane and his wife Eleanor, 39, from Aughton, Lancashire, have been paying for Harrison since he was six because his natural aptitude for music was clear.
Harrison Crane depicted with father Jonathan, mother Eleanor and 10-year-old sister Mia
Mr. Crane said that Mailonline Harrison had shown an interest in music in the photo since he was very young, saying: “Since he was someone, he has always been pressing the keys.”
Harrison, who has already reached grade 5 in piano and grade 4 in drums, “it seemed a bit handy so we tried to teach him,” said Mr. Crane.
He praised the ‘brilliant music teachers’ of 12-year-old Justine and Chloe, whose teaching style was aimed at helping Harrison learn songs he wanted to learn himself, rather than forcing him to play dusty manuscripts individually.
“He definitely wants to go to music as a career, even if it’s just a session musician,” Mr Crane said.
“I think there is definitely something to be said to make money with something you enjoy.”
In his now viral street scene, Harrison attracts a large crowd of Liverpool ONE shoppers who cheer and applaud when he’s done with his medley.
Harrison impressed passers-by with a series of dance hits from the 90s on a red Liverpool ONE piano
Hammering the last notes of Elton John style, the general public of Liverpool ONE shoppers applauds and bursts in applause
Since his four years he has been attending a performing arts course for three hours every Saturday and attending music lessons at the Adam Christopher School Of Musical Excellence in Omrskirk.
“The great thing about Harrison is that he’s cooled, he doesn’t care that he’s on the internet everywhere,” Mr. Crane said.
He added that he and his wife knew that Harrison would have been a natural artist since childhood, because of the ability to keep rhythm while tapping and dancing to songs.
Harrison attends a performing arts school for three hours every Saturday.
“He’s been doing that since he was four,” Mr. Crane said. “We could always see that he would be a bit of an artist.”
He also attends music lessons at the Adam Christopher School of Music Excellence in Ormskirk.
During his viral set, uploaded to his YouTube channel Harrison Plays two weeks ago, the pre-teen starts with the dance track Children by Robert Miles from 1996, which causes a few shoppers to stop listening and watching.
Harrison Crane (photo) jumped on the piano stool with no one around him when he launched the 1996 song Children by Robert Miles, causing shoppers to stop and listen
Harrison then went on to play Eiffel 65 in the song Blue (Da Ba Dee) from 1998, before switching to Sandstorm in 1999 by Finnish DJ Darude while passersby watched and even filmed him
Young Harrison then slides into the song Blue (Da Ba Dee) from Eiffel 65 in 1998, before switching to the 1999 Sandstorm by Finnish DJ Darude.
By then, the Harrison audience has grown in size, with some looking at their feet and ticking while others filmed him on their phones.
The boy then bursts into the Seven Nation Army of The White Stripes in 2003, before returning to Children for a grand finale.
Hammering the last notes of Elton John style, the general public of Liverpool ONE shoppers applauds and bursts in applause.
Harrison then thanked the spontaneous audience while he shuffled to his parents Jonathan and Eleanor.
He was just one of many local musicians who had the chance to coach at Liverpool ONE’s Tickle The Ivories festival last summer.
As he played the final notes, the general public of Liverpool ONE welcomed shoppers and burst into applause. Harrison, from Aughton, Lancashire, shyly thanked the improvised audience as he shuffled to his parents Jonathan (40) and Eleanor (39).
The public performance of Harrison in September, however, was not his first, having played in the mall twelve times since 2018.
Six months ago his father Jonathan uploaded a video to his YouTube account in which Harrison launched a similar medley for passers-by.
A video was uploaded last month showing how Harrison played keyboards with a young band in a cover of The Killers’ Mr Brightside.
And in 2017, Harrison went to a public piano at Manchester Airport, where he surprised travelers with his rendition of I Giorni by Ludovico Einaudi.