Finchcocks gets a Revamp

Finchcocks gets a Revamp

Any keen music students in the Kent and London areas will have heard of Finchcocks and its impressive collection of pianos, harpsichords, and organs. Over the last 45 years, some may even have visited on school trips, as this grand mansion full of instruments has been open to the public as a museum. Continue reading “Finchcocks gets a Revamp”

Piano Factory Tours

Piano Factory Tours

At Chase Direct you can find an amazing range of top quality digital pianos from various brands including Chase’s own brand, Yamaha, and Kawai. Interestingly, both Yamaha and Kawai offer factory tours where you can go and see where the magic happens and watch the process of a piano being built. Continue reading “Piano Factory Tours”

A New Piano From Steinway

Many people know that when it comes to acoustic grand pianos, Steinway is considered by most people to be the crème de la crème. Steinway pianos come with prestige and the name alone commands respect. Of course, there is a reason for this – Steinway pianos make an unbelievable sound and are crafted by expert piano makers. Continue reading “A New Piano From Steinway”

Digital Piano Speakers

Digital Piano Speakers

Acoustic and digital pianos produce their sounds in completely different ways. With an acoustic piano, as with any acoustic instrument, it’s all about the physical reactions – hammers hit strings inside the body of the piano, which then reverberate through the cabinet to produce the piano sound. Digital pianos, however, often use a simple set of speakers, which can struggle to project a convincing sound. Continue reading “Digital Piano Speakers”

Britain’s Oldest Church Pianist

Yet another heart warming piano story hit the papers recently with news of Ruth Lockwood playing the piano for church services held for the resitdents of her care home every week at the ripe old age of 102.

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The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys

Since their rise to fame a number of years ago, the Piano Guys have continued to release new songs and videos and their number of fans has continued to rise. They are currently underway with a US tour and many fans in the UK are hoping for the release of European tour dates in the near future. The Piano Guys continue to be one of the most popular classical and popular music mash up groups on the internet and hold much promise for the future. Continue reading “The Piano Guys”

Manchester United Announce the arrival of Alexis Sánchez with a Piano

Sporting fans will probably have seen the new video released by Manchester United last month to announce the arrival of newest player, Chilean Alexis Sánchez. The video cuts between showing Sánchez on the piano paying ‘Glory Glory Man United’ and him preparing for the pitch. There is no doubt that this announcement video from Manchester United is somewhat different and inspired. Continue reading “Manchester United Announce the arrival of Alexis Sánchez with a Piano”

Give the Gift of Music this Valentine’s Day

Are you struggling to think of a gift for your loved one this Valentine’s day? Surprise them with the gift of a digital piano!

A digital piano is the gift that keeps on giving and it will last for a whole lifetime. An electric piano is one of the most loving things you could possibly give, and it will also inspire and benefit the whole family. There are few gifts to give this Valentine’s day as thoughtful as a digital piano.

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Playing the Piano Helps Get You Into University

A recent article published by the Guardian Online (which can be found here) stated that having either ballet or piano qualifications would make you a more attractive candidate to a prospective university.

The UCAS Points System for University

The UCAS points system means that when applying to university, you can add your extracurricular qualifications into the mix and get yourself some extra points. While ballet and piano qualifications are some of the most popular additional qualifications among university applicants, British sign language qualifications and extended projects also bring in more points for applicants. These all contribute when going through the rigorous entry process for a university. Continue reading “Playing the Piano Helps Get You Into University”

Flight Of the Bumblebee

Aspiring pianists everywhere aim to one day be able to play the infamous Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This phenomenal piece of piano music is challenging for a number of reasons. The sheer speed at which it is normally played poses the biggest contest, but in order for the Flight of the Bumblebee to mimic the fast beating of a bumblebee’s wings, it really does need to be played at the speed of light. Along with the speed of the piece, it is a work of technicalities. The long chromatic passages ensure that only the most technically sound players will be able to master it!

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