Visit us in Manchester this summer!

Over this bank holiday weekend, many of you will have visited Manchester. This glorious city is home to one of England’s best music and nightlife scenes – and it’s where Chase Direct is based as well! Continue reading “Visit us in Manchester this summer!”

Don’t Let the Summer Weather Stop you from Practising!

Don’t Let the Summer Weather Stop you from Practising!

Here in the UK the weather is slowly starting to warm up. This is the kind of summer weather that a large proportion of the country has been waiting for and it is finally starting to appear! While outdoor activities are going to take centre stage for many families, do not forget to set aside a little time every day to practise your digital piano. Continue reading “Don’t Let the Summer Weather Stop you from Practising!”

Summertime Music – Flight of the Bumblebee

Summertime Music – Flight of the Bumblebee

This isn’t the first time that Flight of the Bumblebee has featured on this piano blog, but sometimes brilliant things deserve more than one mention. In the light of the British weather finally warming up, there has never been a more appropriate time to talk about this magnificent piece of piano music. Continue reading “Summertime Music – Flight of the Bumblebee”

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”

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”