Nintendo Announce the Release of a Tiny Cardboard Piano for the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch

Those of you who have kept up to date with the gaming industry will know that the Nintendo Switch has been a big hit since it hit the shops a year ago. Nintendo fans have not been disappointed by the console, which can be used as either a hand held console, or hooked up to a TV to be used with the controller. Classic games such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda have kept players occupied, but at the NAMM show last month, something new and exciting was released – the Nintendo Labo. The Labo is a kit whereby you can build your own miniature piano out of cardboard to slot your Nintendo Switch into. Continue reading “Nintendo Announce the Release of a Tiny Cardboard Piano for the Nintendo Switch”

The Grand Chicken Sonata…

The French Composer Igorrr let his pet chicken perform at a mini digital piano in his enormous garden; this incredibly whacky idea was actually quite interesting in the end!

The Composer carefully laid chicken seeds on top of the digital piano keys and let nature take its course! A video was posted online of the spritely chicken pecking joyously at the keys in the gorgeous sun French sun.

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The chicken was obviously rather perplexed at the concept in the first few moments (…as we all were) but after a few nibbles of the seeds and on hearing his remarkable melody he really got into it; a virtuoso chicken graces the earth!

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John Legend teaches Daughter how to play Piano

John Legend has the making of a child prodigy with his daughter of five months old named Luna Simone.

The singer showed a really special snapchat story on Thursday 6th October of him and his beautiful child playing a mini electric keyboard. Luna gracefully played the electric piano carefully and the joy on her face was a treat to watch.

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Legend recognises how important it is to teach young children a musical instrument from an early age but to also ensure the child enjoys this. Science has proven that learning how to read and play music is a fantastic way of encouraging brain development.

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Bob Geldof Birthday Today

The songwriter, singer and political activist Bob Geldof is celebrating his birthday today.

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Geldof has had a number of huge achievements and successes in his life of 64 years so far for instance his Live Aid success in 1985 which was an enormous concert held in Wembley Stadium – London. Live Aid featured performers such as Status Quo, Adam Ant, Spandau Ballet, U2, Dire Straits and Queen.

Queen were a huge hit at Live Aid performing a selection of some of their greatest hits like ‘Radio Gaga’, ‘Crazy Little Thing Called Love’, ‘Hammer To Fall’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘We Are The Champions’ and their all-time famous hit which is of course ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

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X Factor Tour Announce Manchester Live Shows

The X Factor has now announced their Live Tour dates for Manchester in 2017. The shows will take place on March 4th 2017 at Manchester Arena with one being the matinee. Tickets will be on sale on this Friday October 7th.

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The 2017 Live Tour will feature acts from the current line up on the shows at the moment. However we of course do not know which acts these will be as of yet! The acts may feature artists from Sharon Osbourne – Over 25s, Simon Cowell – Girls, Louis Walsh – Groups and Nicole Sherzinger – Boys.

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Grand Organ Gala at Bridgewater Hall

On Sunday October 16th there will be a Grand Organ Gala taking place at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. This will include outstanding works such as Handel’s ‘Zadok the Priest’ and ‘The Hallelujah Chorus’, Strauss’s ‘Sunrise’ from ‘Also sprach Zarathustra’, Mascagni’s ‘Intermezzo’ from ‘Cavalleria rusticana’ and Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No.3 ‘Organ’.

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These excellent pieces will include the Manchester Chorale and Fanfare Trumpeters of The Band of The King’s Division with Darius Battiwalla on Organ and Hilary Davan Wetton conducting.

The Bridgewater quotes ‘Celebrate the power and majesty of the King of Instruments featuring the magnificent ‘Organ Symphony’ by Saint-Saëns.’

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Robbie Williams’s Daughter on his Career

Robbie Williams’s (42) daughter Teddy apparently doesn’t care about his singing career! The girl of 4 years old has been known to sit on her father’s lap as he shows her videos from his Knebworth concert with 135,000 in a sea of complete awe and emotion and quite simply says ‘Can I have some cake?’

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Teddy shows no interest in Robbie’s performances even when a sea of people is seen. Williams has stated that the ‘Embarrassment is yet to come!’

Williams has had an amazing career starting out as a young and energetic member of the ever popular Take That. He later on progressed into his own solo career releasing complete chart toppers such as ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’.

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Pete Waterman Awarded Fellowship from RNCM

The RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music) Popular Music Department have awarded Pete Waterman with a fellowship for his contribution to pop.

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The fellowship has been awarded due to his great success in selling over 500 million records and also secured over 100 UK top 40 hits.

Waterman nurtured the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, Rick Astley and Mel and Kim turning these names into well-known artists which we still love to listen to today.

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Kraftwerk come to Manchester in 2017.

Manchester’s Bridgewater hall will have the privilege of showing a live show from Kraftwerk on June 19th 2017.

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The band is originally from Germany could be described as an experimental electronic band using electric instruments to create a distinctive and unique atmosphere for their listeners. They emerged from the German ‘krautrock’ scene in the early 70s.

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The Lost Songs of St Kilda

Forgotten folk songs of St Kilda have now been discovered. The small island of St Kilda located 40 miles west of Scotland’s Isle of Lewis is one of the most isolated places located near the United Kingdom.

After years of islanders living a very simple way of life hunting sea birds and making tweed out of sheep’s wool St Kilda is now a beautiful attraction where visitors can enjoy a peaceful and relaxing break, escaping from the busy and demanding city life they may lead Sir James MacMillan performing on St Kilda - photo credit James Glossopelsewhere.

Recently there has been a discovery with the old folk songs of St Kilda. These came from islanders who would sing work, love and funeral songs including one wedding song which was found. The island itself was strictly under the influence of the Protestant Church in the 1800s and any singing of songs other than psalms was extremely frowned upon.

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