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”

Beethoven in the South

Beethoven in the South

Beethoven concerts are a fairly common occurrence, but you don’t often find them in the rural South of England. This week however, there will be a performance of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no 4 in The Strode, Theatre Street (BA16 0AB). The Orchestra playing is the Mid-Somerset Orchestra and they are bound to give audience members a night to remember. Continue reading “Beethoven in the South”

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”

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”