Attend a Romantic Concert this Friday
Are you looking for a little romance in your life? A London concert this week might have just what you are in need of. Following this stunning romantic concert, you might well find inspiration to go home and play your Chase electric piano. Continue reading “Attend a Romantic Concert this Friday”
Piano Music in Wendover
If you are in the Wendover area this week then there is a fantastic piano concert on your doorstep! Imogen Cooper will be performing a concert of four pieces of piano music on Saturday at 7:30pm. The concert will be held in St Mary’s Church and tickets start at just £1 for accompanied school children and £16 for normal price entries. For more information about the concert and ticket purchases you can visit the official Wendover Music website. Continue reading “Imogen Cooper in Wendover”
Visit the Chase Direct Store
Many people know that Chase Direct sell pianos, but what most people don’t realise is that we also have a physical store in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Continue reading “Visit the Chase Direct Store”
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”
Beethoven Meets Chopin
If you know anything about classical composers then you ought to know that Beethoven and Chopin had nothing to do with each other. They are both magnificent composers in their own right, but they lived at different times, in different countries, and their music compositions fall into entirely different classical genres. Continue reading “Beethoven Meets Chopin”
Music inspired by Wartime
Classic FM published a post last month exploring some of the most well known classical music inspired by wartime. The post featured twelve different pieces of music and a short commentary on each which are all fascinating to read. The whole article can be found on the Classic FM website. Continue reading “Music inspired by Wartime”
Your Introduction to Classical Music
If you have just taken up piano lessons then perhaps you are looking for an easy way into classical music. Sometimes, classical music can seem a bit hard-core; classical composers like Wagner were fond of composing particularly long pieces of music. Some of his works are as long as nine hours long… If you are new to this genre of music then a nine hour long piece of music probably isn’t the best place to start! Continue reading “Your Introduction to Classical Music”
Free Concert in London this Week
There are always concerts in London. London concerts are incredibly diverse and there are events dedicated to many different genres of music. Occasionally, these events are free. Tomorrow, there is an excellent sounding free concert which is to be held in St James’ Church in Piccadilly. Continue reading “Free Concert in London this Week”
Add a Little Class to Your Day With a Piano Bar
If you are a big fan of having the occasional night on the town, and also enjoy piano music, then have you considered having a night of both? Of course, you could attend a concert in a concert hall, and then go out on the town for a few drinks (and then party into the night if you are so inclined…)… but there is a much more interesting option – a piano bar.
Back in the 1920s, piano bars were all the rage. Whether it was an underground speakeasy with a jazz pianist in the corner, or a more up-market establishment with a pianist on a grand piano in the middle of the room, piano bars were a popular phenomenon.
Due to the growth in technology, pianists were gradually replaced by radios, DJs, and iTunes playlists. At the turn of the twentieth century, only the establishments for the elite still had pianists providing the background music. These were the fanciest bars in London and Paris where you wouldn’t be allowed in unless you had a Coutts bank account and at least £50,000 of diamonds around your neck.
Today, piano bars are having a comeback. There is probably at least one in at least every major city, and they aren’t necessarily just for the elite. Of course, there are some more exclusive members only piano bars such as The Piano Bar in Soho London, but there are also much more accessible options to the masses. The Victoria and Albert Museum in Kensington, London have a beautiful canteen and dining area where there is a grand piano. This piano is often being played by talented pianists to provide music which will take you back a century or two, like a kind of time machine! All you need to experience this beautiful concept of live piano background music is buy yourself a drink and find a seat.
Turn Your Front Room into a Piano Bar
If you dabble in piano playing yourself (or if you are a seasoned professional) then it wouldn’t take much to turn your own front room into a piano bar. All you need to do is invest in a piano and a bottle of gin, and then invite some friends round. Should you need a piano for such an occasion then start your search at Chase Direct. At Chase Direct you can find a wide array of digital pianos and there is something to suit every need. If you have any questions about any of the electric pianos stocked then give the piano team a call to discuss!
Reading Music Notation
Today, many people completely disregard being able to read music notation when it comes to playing music. This is an enormous shame. Having the ability to read music is equivalent to being able to read, write, and speak another language – it is a skill and a talent. Continue reading “Reading Music Notation”