A homeless man reduced commuters in Newcastle to tears today, after taking to a piano to play a ‘beautiful’ rendition of a well-known Beethoven classic.

The emotional moment was caught on camera and has since been viewed more than 75,500 times.

The homeless man has now been identified as 26-year-old Alan Donaldson.


At first, a policeman tried to move Alan on, but later allowed him to sit at the piano and play.

Alan is known to play the piano on most days and is said to play a large repertoire of classical music.

His collection includes Beethoven’s Fur Elise and Moonlight Sonata, as well as many other classical pieces, reports The Chronicle.

The piano was installed at Newcastle Central Station by the local Rotary Club earlier this year and is free for public use.

Facebook user Michael Kinnison said: “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.”

Alan continued to play a number of other classical pieces over the course of half an hour.


“A lady with a hen party, who originally were laughing at him, started to cry”, said Mr Kinnison.

Alan later told a reporter: “I have been on the streets for about a year and a half, it is hard. People accuse me of begging but when I am at the piano nobody tends to bother me.

“I don’t think I had played the piano for a few years before it appeared at the station, but it seemed to just come back to me quite easily.”

Former school friend, Leo Robertson, has set up a fundraising page to help Alan find a place to live.

You can make a donation here.