See the Solarek Piano Trio Tomorrow in London

See the Solarek Piano Trio Tomorrow in London

Tomorrow, there is a lunch time concert which is sure to please. The Solarek Piano Trio will be performing in Charlton House, London at 1pm and they have a super programme lined up. The best thing about this concert is that it is free! All you need to do is make sure you show up to Charlton House (SE7 8RE) in plenty of time for the 1pm start, and you will be treated to some wonderful music. Continue reading “See the Solarek Piano Trio Tomorrow in London”

What to Do With Your Old Acoustic Piano?

What to Do With Your Old Acoustic Piano?

More and more people are deciding to replace their old acoustic pianos with their digital counterparts. Electric pianos are becoming more popular than ever before and this is due to a number of reasons. Electronic pianos often work out to be cheaper than maintaining an acoustic instrument, they come packed with both useful and fun features, and they are more portable. Continue reading “What to Do With Your Old Acoustic Piano?”

Piano Restoration Vs New Digital Piano

Piano Restoration Vs New Digital Piano

Many people have been gifted old upright pianos by family members or friends when they mention that they want to start playing, or have a child that is going to have lessons. While in theory this is a lovely gesture, it is not always practical. Old upright pianos are often in need of restoration, especially if they have not been played in a number of years. Continue reading “Piano Restoration Vs New Digital Piano”

Music College Junior Departments

Music College Post A Levels

It always surprises me how many people don’t know about music college Junior Departments. If you have aspirations of being a professional classical musician, then one of your best options is to attend a music college at the age of 18. There are prestigious music colleges all over the world, but some of the most highly regarded are in the UK. In particular, the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (both in London) are among some of the best options for young musicians. Continue reading “Music College Junior Departments”

Holiday Concerts – Time for Some Extra Culture

Holiday Concerts

When most of us go on holiday we have a few things on the agenda. Perhaps exploring the local museums and galleries, or maybe sitting on a beach and sampling the local beers and other regional delicacies. We all have our preferences! Something very few holiday making Brits abroad actually do is investigate the local concert scene! Continue reading “Holiday Concerts – Time for Some Extra Culture”

The Strange RAF Piano Tradition

RAF Burn Piano

Interestingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the Royal Airforce (RAF) have got a piano based tradition. This tradition has popped up in the piano news of the week and highlighted this unusual tradition. Continue reading “The Strange RAF Piano Tradition”

Classical by Day, Jazz by Night – how versatile is your piano?

Classical by Day, Jazz by Night – how versatile is your piano?

Are you the kind of musician who likes versatility? Are you a pianist who would like to play a Steinway concert grand piano for your classical repertoire, but something a little more suited to a New Orleans jazz bar for your more bluesy moments? Thankfully, digital pianos are fantastically versatile instruments. Continue reading “Classical by Day, Jazz by Night – how versatile is your piano?”

Add a Little Class to Your Day With a Piano Bar

Add a Little Class to Your Day With a Piano Bar

If you are a big fan of having the occasional night on the town, and also enjoy piano music, then have you considered having a night of both? Of course, you could attend a concert in a concert hall, and then go out on the town for a few drinks (and then party into the night if you are so inclined…)… but there is a much more interesting option – a piano bar.

Piano Bars

Back in the 1920s, piano bars were all the rage. Whether it was an underground speakeasy with a jazz pianist in the corner, or a more up-market establishment with a pianist on a grand piano in the middle of the room, piano bars were a popular phenomenon.

Due to the growth in technology, pianists were gradually replaced by radios, DJs, and iTunes playlists. At the turn of the twentieth century, only the establishments for the elite still had pianists providing the background music. These were the fanciest bars in London and Paris where you wouldn’t be allowed in unless you had a Coutts bank account and at least £50,000 of diamonds around your neck.

Piano Bar

Today, piano bars are having a comeback. There is probably at least one in at least every major city, and they aren’t necessarily just for the elite. Of course, there are some more exclusive members only piano bars such as The Piano Bar in Soho London, but there are also much more accessible options to the masses. The Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, London have a beautiful canteen and dining area where there is a grand piano. This piano is often being played by talented pianists to provide music which will take you back a century or two, like a kind of time machine! All you need to experience this beautiful concept of live piano background music is buy yourself a drink and find a seat.

Turn Your Front Room into a Piano Bar

If you dabble in piano playing yourself (or if you are a seasoned professional) then it wouldn’t take much to turn your own front room into a piano bar. All you need to do is invest in a piano and a bottle of gin, and then invite some friends round. Should you need a piano for such an occasion then start your search at Chase Direct. At Chase Direct you can find a wide array of digital pianos and there is something to suit every need. If you have any questions about any of the electric pianos stocked then give the piano team a call to discuss!

Alexei Grynyuk Gives Piano Recital

Alexei Grynyuk Gives Piano Recital

London Based Alexei Grynuk will be performing an incredible programme of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Liszt this coming Saturday, and it’s not a concert to miss if you are around the Dorking area! The concert will be held in the Dorking Halls at is due to start at 7:30pm. Under 18s who are accompanied by an adult will be awarded free entry, standard ticket price is £20, and students will receive half price tickets. For these prices, there really is no reason not to attend! Continue reading “Alexei Grynyuk Gives Piano Recital”

Traditional Mozart Pianos

Traditional Mozart Pianos

When looking for a new piano, many people decide to purchase a brand new digital piano. New electric pianos make an excellent sound which is usually comparable to a top end acoustic instrument. They also tend to work out much cheaper than a good acoustic piano. However, Mozart wouldn’t have played a digital piano. Continue reading “Traditional Mozart Pianos”