Live Music at Oxford Road Station

Imagine a busy morning at Oxford Road Station; whether it is meeting a Oxford Road Station and its new pianoloved one on the platform or on your busy commute to work, you don’t expect to hear a live piano being played at the train station!

Manchester Oxford Road has recently introduced a new addition to the station which is an upright piano for any member of the public to play. Manchester is a thriving city filled with excellent musicians with exceptional talents and the piano at Oxford Road station gives these musicians an opportunity to show the public their skills. Continue reading “Live Music at Oxford Road Station”

Music mad Manchester schoolboy wins prestigious award in national competition

A schoolboy from Manchester with a love of jazz music, has won national acclaim in a BBC Young Proms competition after playing a piano piece inspired by his musically gifted Grandfather.

Manchester schoolboy shows off his music skills at the BBC Proms
Critically acclaimed – 15 year old Myles Lavelle Golding wins national aclaims at a BBC Proms music competition.

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Manchester-educated Pianist made CBE

Manchester educated Paul Lewis recieves honours
Manchester-educated Paul Lewis receives pretegious honours.

A Manchester educated pianist has made it onto the Queens 90th birthdays honour list. Continue reading “Manchester-educated Pianist made CBE”

City is alive with the sound of music…and dance

City lover? Music lover? You’re in for a treat. The Sounds of the City festival hits Manchester again this weekend, with Castlefield Bowl being taken over by a whole weeks’ worth of music and festivities.

sounds of the city festival
city alive with sound – snapshot from last years festivities

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Tips and tricks for buying a digital piano this year!

This year a digital piano will make a brilliant gift for anyone, and you are still in plenty of time to order one in time for Christmas! The question is, where to start?! The whole process of buying an electric piano can be very daunting (especially if you’re buying it for someone else, not yourself) if you’re not sure what to look for!!
Tips

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Has your child shown musical promise?

In this day and age so many children have access to technology it’s unbelievable what they are capable of! You will probably find that one in ten children who have either a smartphone or a tablet have a little digital piano app on which they can have a little play around at their own will. Most kids love playing on this kind of app as it is an excellent way for them to release creativity. If your child has been doing just this, then perhaps you should consider upgrading them to a keyboard, or a digital piano through which there will be no limits to their new found creativity.

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Hello from Adele

Adele’s new song has already proved to be something of a smash hit. After having taken a short break from the music industry to focus on her personal life, this singing super star has returned to the bright lights. Her last major hit was the cover song for the last (tremendously successful and box office smash) Bond movie entitled Skyfall. The Skyfall track is one that fir the film absolutely perfectly and won Adele an academy award, quite rightly so.

Adele in her new video

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Music for the firework season

Firework night, otherwise known as bonfire night is a great excuse to talk about music. There have been some absolute crackers (pun intended) written to celebrate the near-demolition of parliament and today they are still proving to be some of the most popular pieces of classical music in the world.

Firework piano

 

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The Digital Street Piano has arrived!

Street pianos seem to be a growing phenomenon, but in recent weeks it has come to my attention that there are actually a number of places that have now got a digital street piano! Of course, this actually makes far more sense when you think about it. Obviously an acoustic upright piano isn’t likely to stay in tune for very long when faced with the elements, whereas a digital piano will stay in tune forever. Also, the public are going to find a digital street piano much more fun, with all of the additional voices and other internal features that electric pianos come equipped with. The whole idea of street pianos is to get the public interested in playing the piano, and there is undoubtedly more allure with a digital street piano, particularly when it comes to encouraging kids to play. Electronic pianos tend to have so much more to offer!!

Digital Street Piano

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