David Beckham has recently been nominated by Director Guy Ritchie to partake in the 22 Million Push up challenge. The challenge is to honour servicemen and servicewomen who are currently suffering with PTSD and to remember those who it got the better of, resulting in heart-breaking suicide.
Not everyone is familiar with the term PTSD and many have never heard of this before; this is a mental condition which affects people of all ages and is a ‘memory filing error’.
If one were to experience a traumatising event, the mind would not file this memory until the danger has passed. Once the danger has eventually passed the mind will then present the memory and file this away with all senses attached to this including touch, taste, sound, vision, movement, and smell. However the initial presentation of the memory can be traumatising itself as this can be extremely real to the person experiencing this.
The legend that is Ray Charles would have been celebrating his 86th today.
Ray was born in Greenville, Florida as Ray Charles Robinson – son of Bailey Robinson and Aretha Williams. Ray was known for his incredible talent sat at his piano and creating amazing, cathartic and soulful music when he was in fact completely blind. However he was not born with his condition. It is said that the reason for Charles’s blindness was a case of glaucoma. At the young age of around four or five Charles began to lose his sight after witnessing the death of his younger brother George who drowned in Aretha’s laundry tub.
Forgotten folk songs of St Kilda have now been discovered. The small island of St Kilda located 40 miles west of Scotland’s Isle of Lewis is one of the most isolated places located near the United Kingdom.
After years of islanders living a very simple way of life hunting sea birds and making tweed out of sheep’s wool St Kilda is now a beautiful attraction where visitors can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing break, escaping from the busy and demanding city life they may lead elsewhere.
Recently there has been a discovery with the old folk songs of St Kilda. These came from islanders who would sing work, love and funeral songs including one wedding song which was found. The island itself was strictly under the influence of the Protestant Church in the 1800s and any singing of songs other than psalms was extremely frowned upon.
English National Opera known as ENO has made Yamaha their official partner. Yamaha’s first revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano can now be located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.
Martin Fitzpatrick, ENO’s Head of Music said “At ENO we give our pianos a thorough workout. Creating the orchestral colours on a piano requires an instrument of artistry and reliability, delicacy and toughness, depth and precision. I am delighted that, through this new partnership, Yamaha have provided ENO with pianos that fully meet the demands we place upon them”.
Coldplay gave an outstanding performance this year for the half time performance at the Superbowl. The set list included Yellow, Viva la Vida, Paradise, Adventure of a Lifetime, Formation, Clocks and Fix You.
Lead singer of the band Chris Martin had the crowd in the palm of his hand with the help of his fellow band members Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland and Will Champion.
Imagine a busy morning at Oxford Road Station; whether it is meeting a loved 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”
You have to be living under the rock if you haven’t heard about Pokemon Go! The recent app, involving everybodys favourite 90’s cartoon monstors has taken the world by storm, and doesn’t it just keep on growing. Pokemons now even taking the internet by storm in the world of digital piano!