Live Music at Oxford Road Station

Imagine a busy morning at Oxford Road Station; whether it is meeting a Oxford Road Station and its new pianoloved one on the platform or on your busy commute to work, you don’t expect to hear a live piano being played at the train station!

Manchester Oxford Road has recently introduced a new addition to the station which is an upright piano for any member of the public to play. Manchester is a thriving city filled with excellent musicians with exceptional talents and the piano at Oxford Road station gives these musicians an opportunity to show the public their skills. Continue reading “Live Music at Oxford Road Station”

Merry Christmas from Chase

Merry Christmas from the team here at Chase Music!!

 

This year has been a year of electric pianos! We have seen the release of some lovely new digital pianos and the digital piano technology is as up to date as it ever has been and shows huge promise for the future.

 

Merry Christmas from Chase!!!

 

Continue reading “Merry Christmas from Chase”

Star Wars – May the Force be with your Piano

With the new release of the long awaited Star Wars film comes the latest hit from Player:Piano’s immensely successful Youtube channel. In this latest video we see and hear the legendary Sonya Belousova play a magnificent Star Wars medley just in time for the release of the new George Lucas masterpiece.

Star Wars Piano

 

Continue reading “Star Wars – May the Force be with your Piano”

Barenboim and Dudamel take on Brahms!

Barenboim and Dudamel, the two most prominent men in classical music today, have teamed up for what promises to be something truly extraordinary. They have already recorded Brahms piano concertos one and two for a CD which has now been released on iTunes and Amazon. As a 60th anniversary to Barenboim’s first performance in the Royal Festival Hall, he will return to the Southbank centre along side Dudamel to perform the concertos to the public. Despite not being until January, the concert sold out in minutes and fans are travelling from across the world to see these two inspirational men perform together.  Barenboim and Dudamel

Barenboim and Dudamel come together to create a monumentous occasion

Personally, Barenboim and Dudamel are my biggest musical inspirations. I have had many awe-inspiring musical experiences (spending my 18th birthday with Karl Jenkins is certainly there among the greats), but singing under these men (Mahler 3 for Dudamel, and Beethoven 9 for Barenboim) was just the most incredible experience and I cannot even begin to describe how talented they are, each in their own right. For Barenboim to come together with Dudamel, the creator of the world acclaimed Simon Bolivar orchestra, is an exciting cornerstone in music.

Continue reading “Barenboim and Dudamel take on Brahms!”

The Impossible Prokofiev

Last week Valery Gergiev took on the astounding task of putting on all five Prokofiev piano concertos in one prom. Having performed in many BBC Proms myself under the likes of Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel, and having been part of the Beethoven series back in 2012, I can truly appreciate how mad this concept really is. The result was one to be applauded and marvelled at!

Prokofiev Pianist
Daniil Trifonov at Prom 14.

Gergiev has in fact managed to tackle this impossible task once before, back in 2012 in Russia – an event that is still talked about now. The programme saw three original pianists (Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan, and Alexei Volodin) brought over from Russia tackle the fiendish Prokofiev concertos with what appeared to be unreserved grace and beauty.

Time to get to know Prokofiev

This prom was a fantastic opportunity to get to know some of Prokofiev’s lesser known works, including the Continue reading “The Impossible Prokofiev”

Farewell to the Last Dam Busters Pilot

This week is a sad week for Britain as the last Dam Busters pilot has died, just a day after the untimely death of Liverpudilan pop legend, Cilla Black.

The New Zealand born pilot was based at RAF Scampton while he was part of the 617 Dam Busters squadron that the famous 1955 The Dam Busters film by Michael Anderson was based on. Continue reading “Farewell to the Last Dam Busters Pilot”

Tara Cilla

The death of Cilla Black is the news on everyone’s minds today. The Liverpool-born star had a string of top five chart hits in the 60s, and her first single was written by fellow Liverpudlians and Beatles stars George McCartney, and John Lennon.

Let There be Love, says Cilla

Cilla Black’s most famous records include the jazz hit Let There Be Love where we hear Cilla sing along with a simple walking bass and a tinkering piano that sounds remarkably like an electronic piano. Her other hits include You’re My World, and Anyone Who Had a Hear. This singing sensation proved to be something of a British heart throb and later went on to be a televisiCilla smiles for the cameraon star, hosting the hit prime-time show Blind Date. Continue reading “Tara Cilla”

Player:Piano debut stunning Nintendo piano

Thanks to Nintendo, last week proved to be an exciting time for pianos and digital pianos in the news. Only a week after Korea’s Unification Piano was unveiled, gamers across the world have marvelled at the newly created Nintendo Piano which was created to celebrate the 30th birthday of Super Mario Bros.. Perhaps surprisingly, although the full size grand piano resembles a classic Super Nintendo games console (complete with input wires and a controller lead plugged into thNintendo Pianoe side), it is entirely analogue. Given the circumstances and the celebration in question, in my opinion, an opportunity has been missed, and this spectacle should have been an electronic piano! Continue reading “Player:Piano debut stunning Nintendo piano”

The Weeknd Starts Here

The Weeknd is something we all look forward to so what better way to celebrate it than listening to the man himself. Whether it’s Saturday or Sunday this smooth-talking artist delivers the musical goodies any day of the week with his seductive, semi-whispered vocals surrounded by a signatory guitar, digital piano, bass and drums. Raised in Canada, The Weeknd, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye performs under the stylistic umbrella of PBR&B; alternative R&B by any other name and this Friday-born child is more than ‘’loving and giving’’ with a generous-hearted repertoire that includes the lusciously-delivered ‘’Wicked Games’’. With his recently heightened exposure singing ‘’Earned It’’ in ‘’50 Shades Of Grey’’ The Weeknd has certainly come out on top as his quivering falsetto vocals, slow-moving digital piano chords and slurred lower strings have us lost for words…The Weeknd Starts Here Continue reading “The Weeknd Starts Here”

Piano Versions – Best Of Friends

Piano versions of three popular songs have been combined to make Facebook’s first UK TV advert. The accent on friends, friends and more friends has put Rihanna, The Cure and Madonna high on the best-of-friends ladder as digital piano versions of their respective songs ‘Umbrella’, ‘Close To Me’ and ‘Like A Prayer’ get a promo airing. ‘The Friends’ campaign is a little sickly-sweet for my taste but the digital piano versions are of musical interest as they form a relationship of their own and three become one.  Piano Versions – Best Of Friends Continue reading “Piano Versions – Best Of Friends”