Park Life Festival in your Back Garden

If you are having a bit of come a down after the excitement of a weekend of festivals, then fear not! A digital piano will brighten up you evenings and bring back the festival vibe. Continue reading “Park Life Festival in your Back Garden”

Oxford Piano Festival

Oxford Piano Festival

If you live in or around Oxford then it’s time to get practising! The dates for the 20th Oxford Piano Festival have been released as being the 28th July to the 5th of August this year. For anyone who wants to either participate or observe, all applications need to be made by the 12th of April – so get your skates on! Continue reading “Oxford Piano Festival”

Phyllis Chen and her Toy Piano Festival!

It has come to public attention recently that there is such a thing as a Toy Piano Festival. This is effectively exactly what it says on the tin; a music festival dedicated entirely to the toy piano! It is happening in Queens in America for the first time next month and there are many people who have started to get very excited about the prospect.

The festival has been dubbed the “UnCaged Toy Piano Festival” and is due to take place on December 4th and 5th and feature a grand total of three events, one of which is a concert at the Museum of the Moving Image — to spotlight the sound of the miniature instrument. This event is sure to go down a storm with any fan of the toy piano!


Chen at her toy piano

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Karl Jenkins and his digital piano

In a 2013 interview with Karl Jenkins, he mentioned the fact that he could write his music anywhere as long as he had his digital piano with him. It is really marvellous (and somewhat unexpected) to see the greatest classical composers today using electric pianos as one of their main composition tools.

Jenkins’ Works

Karl Jenkins

Jenkins was brought to public light after the release of his astounding Adiemus compositions, recorded in 1994. He then went on to release a whole range of other immensely successful compositions including his Armed Man (premiered 2000), Stabat Mater (2008), and Palladio (2005). When you listen to Jenkins’ work, a trained ear can detect the composition methods (for example the use of the electronic piano) as they are reflected in numerous aspects of his music. Continue reading “Karl Jenkins and his digital piano”

Barenboim and Dudamel take on Brahms!

Barenboim and Dudamel, the two most prominent men in classical music today, have teamed up for what promises to be something truly extraordinary. They have already recorded Brahms piano concertos one and two for a CD which has now been released on iTunes and Amazon. As a 60th anniversary to Barenboim’s first performance in the Royal Festival Hall, he will return to the Southbank centre along side Dudamel to perform the concertos to the public. Despite not being until January, the concert sold out in minutes and fans are travelling from across the world to see these two inspirational men perform together.  Barenboim and Dudamel

Barenboim and Dudamel come together to create a monumentous occasion

Personally, Barenboim and Dudamel are my biggest musical inspirations. I have had many awe-inspiring musical experiences (spending my 18th birthday with Karl Jenkins is certainly there among the greats), but singing under these men (Mahler 3 for Dudamel, and Beethoven 9 for Barenboim) was just the most incredible experience and I cannot even begin to describe how talented they are, each in their own right. For Barenboim to come together with Dudamel, the creator of the world acclaimed Simon Bolivar orchestra, is an exciting cornerstone in music.

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The Impossible Prokofiev

Last week Valery Gergiev took on the astounding task of putting on all five Prokofiev piano concertos in one prom. Having performed in many BBC Proms myself under the likes of Daniel Barenboim and Gustavo Dudamel, and having been part of the Beethoven series back in 2012, I can truly appreciate how mad this concept really is. The result was one to be applauded and marvelled at!

Prokofiev Pianist
Daniil Trifonov at Prom 14.

Gergiev has in fact managed to tackle this impossible task once before, back in 2012 in Russia – an event that is still talked about now. The programme saw three original pianists (Daniil Trifonov, Sergei Babayan, and Alexei Volodin) brought over from Russia tackle the fiendish Prokofiev concertos with what appeared to be unreserved grace and beauty.

Time to get to know Prokofiev

This prom was a fantastic opportunity to get to know some of Prokofiev’s lesser known works, including the Continue reading “The Impossible Prokofiev”

Timber – The Sounds Going Down

Timber has been circling as a weekly chart topper since its release in October 2013. Globally Timber’s folk-ish charm fluctuates from its peak at number one in numerous global music charts to a lowly 28th position on the Japanese airwaves. The elements that make up Timber are made up of various strands with prominence from the songs frontman US rapper Pitbull to fellow rapping artist Kesha. Uncharacteristically a featured harmonica element played on digital piano is added to the track giving the song a unique cross-over genre from rap to folktronica. So take your partners for the sounds going down and let’s ‘’Dosey doe’’ with Timbre. Timber are made up of various strands with prominence from the songs frontman US rapper Pitbull Continue reading “Timber – The Sounds Going Down”

Festival Finale Feast

Just like all good things – our spate of summer festival frenzy must draw to a close. Apart from a handful of music mayhems in October, September marks the UK’s festival finale. From vintage settings to going underground – they beat to the sound of the same drum. Let’s take a look…Maximo Park will play at the Summer Festival 2013 Continue reading “Festival Finale Feast”

Having Your Fill Of The Summer Festival Season

As we go headlong into the final throws of July, so the Music Festivals just keep on coming. This weekend see’s anther mega share ‘n’tear of national music mania from the annual traditional  venues like the Maryport Blues Festival; Deerstock Festival in Nottingham, to more varied World Music Festivals and then there’s the strange and bizarre category featuring didgeridoos! Let’s take a look…The Henrik Freischlader Band Playing at the Blues Festival in Maryport Continue reading “Having Your Fill Of The Summer Festival Season”