What is a Piano Sanctuary?

What is a Piano Sanctuary?

With so many advancements in piano technology, many people are opting to replace their acoustic instruments with an electric piano. These people who have decided to invest in an electronic piano are then faced with the problem of what to do with the old one. While in the UK we have a few options (donation to the Play Me I’m Yours movement, or trying to sell on Gumtree), Australia have come up with something else – the Piano Sanctuary. Continue reading “What is a Piano Sanctuary?”

MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments

MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments

These days, people tend to forgo upright and acoustic pianos in favour of digital instruments. Digital pianos are a much easier instrument to deal with when it comes to learning how to play – there are no maintenance costs to worry about, they are usually fairly portable, and they are normally the cheaper option. Despite our love of electronic pianos, many of us still have a huge interest in historic instruments. Thankfully, MINIM UK has been created to help us find out more. Continue reading “MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments”

The Hibaku Pianos

The Hibaku Pianos

Many people are unaware that there are pianos that survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, but there are in fact six of these pianos. These six pianos are collectively known as the ‘Hibaku Pianos’ and one of them was played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert back in December 2017. The Hibaku piano that was played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a Yamaha upright piano that was built in 1938. Continue reading “The Hibaku Pianos”

Another Cover From Peter Bence

Another Cover From Peter Bence

This post is written following on from a post yesterday about Peter Bence and his recent rise to Youtube fame. Bence is known for effectively messing around with pianos and doing bizarre things to the exposed hammers and strings. However, there are also some covers of famous songs on his Youtube channel which prove he can also play the piano entirely normally. Continue reading “Another Cover From Peter Bence”

Finding a Holiday Home on Airbnb with a Piano

Finding a Holiday Home with a Piano

Have you ever wanted to go away on holiday, but been aware of your impending piano exam on your return? Surely having a piano at your Airbnb holiday destination would be an excellent solution which would allow you to enjoy your holiday while still squeezing in a little much needed piano preparation. Continue reading “Finding a Holiday Home on Airbnb with a Piano”

Peter Bence

Peter Bence

Since its release back in 2017, Despacito has taken the world by storm. Youtube is now full of alternative versions, mash-ups, and covers of this catchy song, and one of the most popular versions is that by the Hungarian pianist, Peter Bence. Continue reading “Peter Bence”

Piano Up-Cycling

Piano Up-Cycling

Up-cycling has become an incredibly trendy thing to do. Many people take old pieces of unwanted furniture and give them a new lease of life. Countless people are now replacing their old, out of tune pianos with electronic pianos. This leaves the question of what to do with the old acoustic instrument…  A man in the USA, Jeffrey Gerlits, has decided that unwanted pianos make excellent items to up-cycle and repurpose. Continue reading “Piano Up-Cycling”

Brothers Play Piano in Hospital

Brothers Play Piano in Hospital

Two young brothers of 11 and 14 have taken to volunteering once a week at Saskatoon City Hospital in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Shevkenek brothers are both home schooled so they enjoy the opportunity to do something different. The brothers’ volunteer sessions at the City Hospital last for an hour every week and consist of them playing the piano for the residents. Continue reading “Brothers Play Piano in Hospital”

Lara Melder Plays in Nottingham

Lara Melda Plays in Nottingham

If anyone in Nottingham finds themselves at a loose end this morning then consider going to see Lara Melda play an exciting programme of piano music at the Royal Concert Hall (NG1 5ND). The concert starts at 11am and tickets are priced at £10. The price of the ticket includes tea, coffee, and cake so there is no good reason not to go! Continue reading “Lara Melder Plays in Nottingham”

Piano Factory Tours

Piano Factory Tours

At Chase Direct you can find an amazing range of top quality digital pianos from various brands including Chase’s own brand, Yamaha, and Kawai. Interestingly, both Yamaha and Kawai offer factory tours where you can go and see where the magic happens and watch the process of a piano being built. Continue reading “Piano Factory Tours”