Conservatoires in Times of War

Conservatoires in Times of War

A fascinating new exhibition has been announced recently. The exhibition is entitled ‘Conservatoires in Times of War’ and is being produced as a collaborative effort from both the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Consevatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (otherwise known as Paris Conservatoire). Continue reading “Conservatoires in Times of War”

The Strange RAF Piano Tradition

RAF Burn Piano

Interestingly, and perhaps unexpectedly, the Royal Airforce (RAF) have got a piano based tradition. This tradition has popped up in the piano news of the week and highlighted this unusual tradition. Continue reading “The Strange RAF Piano Tradition”

Ihor and Wladyslaw Szpilman

Not even half an hour ago an interesting story appeared on the BBC, courtesy of the BBC World Service.

Ihor, a man who was previously a law student at university has now found himself fighting as a volunteer on the government side of events in the on-going conflict and struggle that has materialised over the years in Ukraine. Szpilman and his piano Continue reading “Ihor and Wladyslaw Szpilman”

Farewell to the Last Dam Busters Pilot

This week is a sad week for Britain as the last Dam Busters pilot has died, just a day after the untimely death of Liverpudilan pop legend, Cilla Black.

The New Zealand born pilot was based at RAF Scampton while he was part of the 617 Dam Busters squadron that the famous 1955 The Dam Busters film by Michael Anderson was based on. Continue reading “Farewell to the Last Dam Busters Pilot”