A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Piano

A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Piano

Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream has always been a bit of a fascination for musicians and composers. There are a number of classical music interpretations of this famous literary work including music by Mendelssohn and Benjamin Britten. Continue reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Piano”

Celebrate Summer this Wednesday with the Orchestra of the Swan

Celebrate Summer this Wednesday with the Orchestra of the Swan

The glorious summer weather this bank holiday weekend calls for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a concert!? This Wednesday evening in Worcester there will be a fabulous concert of summer-inspiring music brought to you by the Orchestra of the Swan and Bernard D’Ascoli on the piano. The concert has been titled ‘Italian Sunshine’, so it seems a perfect way to celebrate a little bit of British sunshine. Tickets start at £17 and more information can be found on the official Orchestra of the Swan website. Continue reading “Celebrate Summer this Wednesday with the Orchestra of the Swan”

Reiko Fujisawa plays tomorrow with the Carducci String Quartet

Reiko Fujisawa plays tomorrow with the Carducci String Quartet

Tomorrow in London there is yet another fantastic concert to enjoy. Reiko Fujisawa will be on the piano alongside the Carducci String Quartet to give the audience a joyous evening of beautiful music. The concert is due to begin at 6:30pm so make sure you leave plenty of time to arrive. The venue is Hall One (N1 9AG) and tickets are available from £9.50. You can find more information about the performers, programme, and ticket sales on the official Kings Place website. Continue reading “Reiko Fujisawa plays tomorrow with the Carducci String Quartet”

Yet Another Use for Old Pianos – The Pianodrome

Yet Another Use for Old Pianos – The Pianodrome

There have been many articles on this blog previously about what to do with your old piano. Countless people have upgraded their pianos to a digital piano and are left with a battered old acoustic instrument which is somewhat difficult to shift. There are a growing number of charities who aim to deal with the problem of unwanted instruments, but recently something a bit different has made its way into the limelight – The Pianodrome Continue reading “Yet Another Use for Old Pianos – The Pianodrome”

Enjoy a Lunchtime Concert This Week

Enjoy a Lunchtime Concert This Week

Many people consider lunchtime concerts to be a thing of the past, but they are wrong. Lunchtime concerts were indeed incredibly popular in past centuries and took a nose dive in popularity in the late twentieth century. However, they are now on the rise and no matter where you are in the country, there will be lunchtime concerts and recitals on somewhere near you – all you need do is have a look in your local papers or do an online search. Continue reading “Enjoy a Lunchtime Concert This Week”

Classical by Day, Jazz by Night – how versatile is your piano?

Classical by Day, Jazz by Night – how versatile is your piano?

Are you the kind of musician who likes versatility? Are you a pianist who would like to play a Steinway concert grand piano for your classical repertoire, but something a little more suited to a New Orleans jazz bar for your more bluesy moments? Thankfully, digital pianos are fantastically versatile instruments. Continue reading “Classical by Day, Jazz by Night – how versatile is your piano?”

Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

Here we go again! With the recent announcement of Mamma Mia 2, ABBA have been on the minds of the masses. Ever popular, the likes of Money Money Money, Super Trouper, and The Winner Takes it All have all crept back into the charts recently as a result of the film release announcement. Continue reading “Mamma Mia!”

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”