Listen to New Piano music with Philip Mead
Most concerts that you see advertised are for well-known pieces of music. This Tuesday you have the chance to go off the beaten track and listen to some new piano music with Philip Mead. If you have never listened to any modern piano music then we can thoroughly recommend you do so! Continue reading “Listen to New Piano music with Philip Mead”
The Kawai MP7SE
Kawai have announced some exciting advancements and new digital piano releases at recent trade shows such as Musikmesse Frankfurt. Many brilliant new digital pianos are being released from this world-class digital piano company, but for many the most exciting is the Kawai MP7SE. Continue reading “The Kawai MP7SE”
Watch the Accio Piano Trio Live in Concert
Tomorrow the Accio Piano Trio will be performing in the Conway Hall in Holburn. If you are in the area then be sure to get yourself a ticket and drop in for an evening of sensational music. Continue reading “Watch the Accio Piano Trio Live in Concert”
Pianos in pop Culture
Pianos are regularly seen in pop culture and increasingly, so are digital pianos. Some slightly older examples of this wonderful instrument in films would be The Pianist which stars the likes of Adrian Brody, or the sensational production set in New Zealand; The Piano. Before that, the piano was even more important in pop culture – black and white films had their soundtrack played live by an in-house pianist, after all! Continue reading “Pianos in pop Culture”
The New CA 48 Digital Piano from Kawai
Kawai are well known for their stunning range of digital pianos. They are often sampled from Steinway pianos thus producing a quality concert grand piano sound like no other digital piano. With the announcement of the brand new CA 48 digital piano, Kawai have really outdone themselves. Continue reading “The New CA 48 Digital Piano from Kawai”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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.
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!
Leslie Hatfield and Huw Watkins Perform in Newton Abbot
If you are lucky enough to be spending this week around the gorgeous South Coast, then you might be pleased to know there is a rather interesting concert due to take place this coming Friday! A violin and piano duo of Leslie Hatfield and Huw Watkins will be taking to the stage at the Courtenay Centre in Newton Abbot. The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets are priced from £10 to £15. More information about the concert and ticket purchases can be found on the Nasda Concerts website. Nasda are responsible for a number of classical music events on the South Coast and browsing their website might highlight some other interesting events to you. Continue reading “Leslie Hatfield and Huw Watkins Perform in Newton Abbot”