Manchester United Announce the arrival of Alexis Sánchez with a Piano

Sporting fans will probably have seen the new video released by Manchester United last month to announce the arrival of newest player, Chilean Alexis Sánchez. The video cuts between showing Sánchez on the piano paying ‘Glory Glory Man United’ and him preparing for the pitch. There is no doubt that this announcement video from Manchester United is somewhat different and inspired. Continue reading “Manchester United Announce the arrival of Alexis Sánchez with a Piano”

Flight Of the Bumblebee

Aspiring pianists everywhere aim to one day be able to play the infamous Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This phenomenal piece of piano music is challenging for a number of reasons. The sheer speed at which it is normally played poses the biggest contest, but in order for the Flight of the Bumblebee to mimic the fast beating of a bumblebee’s wings, it really does need to be played at the speed of light. Along with the speed of the piece, it is a work of technicalities. The long chromatic passages ensure that only the most technically sound players will be able to master it!

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Hooray for the Harpsichord!

Baroque Music

The baroque period in classical music is unquestionably my favourite. I have a deep-rooted love for all things Bach, Vivaldi, and Telemann. As a teenager I was so besotted with these composers and their peers that I decided to focus all of my musical energy into my studies of the recorder. Believe it or not, the recorder isn’t always a horrid black and white plastic thing that is capable of destroying the ear drums of unsuspecting parents. If you don’t believe me then listen to this.

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Following on from yesterday’s post surrounding Ustad Bade Fateh Ali Khan, it makes sense that we take a look at Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, who was considered by many to be the greatest Asian music vocalist to have ever walked the earth. In 1985, after Nusrat had been signed by Oriental Star Agencies, he came to Manchester and performed at the Asian School of Music. Coming under the umbrella organisation of Chase Music who specialise in digital pianos and electric keyboards, offering the best prices on the market, the Asian School of Music was honoured to have Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan as a performer and teacher at the school. Today, the Asian School of Music is still based at its original Manchester base, which is now the headquarters of the Chase Direct music shop, where you can find a whole range of electronic pianos including the Chase P40 and the Chase P55. Continue reading “Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan”