Your Introduction to Classical Music

Your Introduction to Classical Music

If you have just taken up piano lessons then perhaps you are looking for an easy way into classical music. Sometimes, classical music can seem a bit hard-core; classical composers like Wagner were fond of composing particularly long pieces of music. Some of his works are as long as nine hours long… If you are new to this genre of music then a nine hour long piece of music probably isn’t the best place to start! Continue reading “Your Introduction to Classical Music”

A Digital Piano Helped Me Learn Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude

A Digital Piano Helped Me Learn Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude

When I was about twelve, I fell in love with Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude. It was one of the demo tracks on my mum’s Yamaha Clavinova, and I used to listen to it over and over again. Yamaha Clavinovas come with a book of music for all of the demo tracks on the piano, and I remember finding the Revolutionary Etude in the book and thinking how fiendishly difficult it was. Continue reading “A Digital Piano Helped Me Learn Chopin’s Revolutionary Etude”

Hear Kolesnikov in Action This Saturday

Hear Kolesnikov in Action This Saturday

This coming Saturday, multi prize winning and amazingly talented Pavel Kolsnikov is in concert in Wendover. If you are anywhere between London and Oxford this weekend then put this concert high up on your to-do list and get yourself some tickets. The event is due to take place in St Mary’s Church at 7:30pm and boasts an exciting programme. The music to be played includes works by Lachenmann, Debussy, Chopin, Couperin, and Schumann. If you would like to find out more about the upcoming concert and ticket information, the Wendover Music website has more information. Continue reading “Hear Kolesnikov in Action This Saturday”

Why You Should Consider Kawai

Why You Should Consider Kawai

Five years ago, I had not heard of the brand Kawai. If you offered me a Yamaha digital piano and a Kawai digital piano, I would probably have picked the Yamaha purely because I recognised the name and knew their instruments were reliable. Now, five years down the line, I would pick Kawai every time without a moment’s hesitation. Kawai digital pianos are superb and in my opinion, nothing beats them. Here are a few things you might like to know if you have never come across Kawai before. Continue reading “Why You Should Consider Kawai”

Pianos for High Street Launched in Wales

Every week there are news articles about public pianos – heart-warming tales of unlikely commuters bringing joy to the days of many by playing public pianos on the high street or in train stations. This week is no different thanks to the launch of another public piano scheme in Wales. Rowena Griffiths has come up with this new initiative in order to bring more music to the streets of Wales. This new project has been dubbed Pianos for High Street. Continue reading “Pianos for High Street Launched in Wales”

See Gusztáv Fenyo in Glasgow This Week

See Gusztáv Fenyo in Glasgow This Week

A fantastic concert is on offer this week to anyone who is around the Glasgow area. Tickets range from £5 to £15 and will allow you to see pianist Gusztáv Fenyo perform concert two out of a series of five concerts which started with Bach and will end with Shostakovivh. This particular concert will see Gusztáv Fenyo playing from Preludes and Fuges Nos 13-24 from ‘The Will-Tempered Clavier’, Book I by Johann Sebastian Bach. More information about the concert can be found on the official website of Fenyo’s Musicmakers organisation. Continue reading “See Gusztáv Fenyo in Glasgow This Week”

Musikmesse Frankfurt 2018

Musikmesse Frankfurt

In less than a week the doors to Musikmesse Frankfurt will open. This annual event is a hive for musicians and music retailers alike. Some of the biggest names in the musical instrument production industry will be in attendance, and the likes of Yamaha and Kawai are those to watch when it comes to digital pianos. Continue reading “Musikmesse Frankfurt 2018”

Kärt Ruubel in Concert in London this Friday

Kärt Ruubel in Concert in London this Friday

Another Young and upcoming pianist can be found performing in St James’ Church, Piccadilly this Friday. Head over to the venue in time for 1:10pm where you will find Kärt Ruubel playing alongside Triin Ruubel on the violin in a programme of juxtaposing Beethoven and Szymanowski. Beteween them, the Ruubel girls have won a huge number of prizes and awards and the concert is sure to be stunning. There really is no excuse not to go and listen if you are in the London area on Friday as the concert is free! Interestingly, this concert is supported by the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians. Continue reading “Kärt Ruubel in Concert in London this Friday”

Sir Anthony Hopkins – An Unlikely Pianist

Sir Anthony Hopkins – An Unlikely Pianist

Most of us know Sir Anthony Hopkins for portraying Hannibal Lecter in the Silence of the Lambs films and his work in Shakespeare plays. Last week, it transpired that Hopkins is also a competent pianist as well as an Oscar winning actor. Continue reading “Sir Anthony Hopkins – An Unlikely Pianist”

Public Pianos – Police Edition!

Public Pianos – Police Edition!

It seems that not a week can go by without a public piano somewhere in the UK being in the news. These pianos are so regularly at the centre of heart-warming news stories that they are practically a weekly occurrence. This week, it is a couple of police officers playing one of the two pianos in St Pancras Train Station, London that has caught the attention of the masses. Continue reading “Public Pianos – Police Edition!”