The Hibaku Pianos

The Hibaku Pianos

Many people are unaware that there are pianos that survived both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings in 1945, but there are in fact six of these pianos. These six pianos are collectively known as the ‘Hibaku Pianos’ and one of them was played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert back in December 2017. The Hibaku piano that was played at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert is a Yamaha upright piano that was built in 1938. Continue reading “The Hibaku Pianos”

Lara Melder Plays in Nottingham

Lara Melda Plays in Nottingham

If anyone in Nottingham finds themselves at a loose end this morning then consider going to see Lara Melda play an exciting programme of piano music at the Royal Concert Hall (NG1 5ND). The concert starts at 11am and tickets are priced at £10. The price of the ticket includes tea, coffee, and cake so there is no good reason not to go! Continue reading “Lara Melder Plays in Nottingham”

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”

Teddington Centre gets a Grand Piano

Last month the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington celebrated the arrival of a brand new concert grand piano. This was a big event for the centre which is a registered charity, as they had dreamed of having a piano for many years and had set up a piao fundraser four years ago.

The Fundraising Target for the Grand Piano

The target to be raised was a whopping £22,000 and the majority of the funds that were raised came from locals and individual donations. This was a fundraising cause that the local people were truly invested in and wanted to see through. Continue reading “Teddington Centre gets a Grand Piano”

New Digital Piano Releases from NAMM 2018

What is NAMM?

For anyone who has never come across NAMM before, it’s a trade show in the US for all things music and music technology. It stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, and every year, hundreds of brands attend NAMM to showcase their new products, including digital pianos. This year, brands showing off their latest digital piano releases at NAMM included huge names in the piano and keyboard world, such as Yamaha, Casio, and Kawai. Each of these particular digital piano manufacturers brought game changing instruments to the market which will all be available to purchase in the UK in the coming months.

The NAMM show
The NAMM show

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Robbie Williams’s Daughter on his Career

Robbie Williams’s (42) daughter Teddy apparently doesn’t care about his singing career! The girl of 4 years old has been known to sit on her father’s lap as he shows her videos from his Knebworth concert with 135,000 in a sea of complete awe and emotion and quite simply says ‘Can I have some cake?’

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Teddy shows no interest in Robbie’s performances even when a sea of people is seen. Williams has stated that the ‘Embarrassment is yet to come!’

Williams has had an amazing career starting out as a young and energetic member of the ever popular Take That. He later on progressed into his own solo career releasing complete chart toppers such as ‘Angels’, ‘Rock DJ’ and ‘Let Me Entertain You’.

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ENO Makes Yamaha Official Partner

English National Opera known as ENO has made Yamaha their official partner. Yamaha’s first revolutionary TransAcoustic™ piano can now be located in the orchestra pit at the London Coliseum.

Martin Fitzpatrick,Image result for eno yamaha ENO’s Head of Music said “At ENO we give our pianos a thorough workout. Creating the orchestral colours on a piano requires an instrument of artistry and reliability, delicacy and toughness, depth and precision. I am delighted that, through this new partnership, Yamaha have provided ENO with pianos that fully meet the demands we place upon them”.

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Yamaha Clavinovas are a really superb breed of digital piano and they are suitable for anyone, be it a learner or a professional. There is a plethora of features inbuilt into all electronic pianos in the Yamaha Clavinova range which ensures there is everything and anything you could possibly want built in. Digital pianos as a whole are great instruments that suit nearly all piano players. Yamaha Clavinovas take digital piano technology to the next level and boast a range of features that other electric pianos do not have. There are apps that have been designed to work specifically alongside Yamaha pianos.


Marc Anthony – Building The Salsa Empire

Marc Anthony of the old order knew that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Similarly, Marc Anthony, present day singer-songwriter and leader of a new Salsa School Of Thought also knows it takes time to rule the world. Whilst the former is a soldier of historic significance, the latter is working to build a musical empire around his Latino roots. In both English and his native Hispanic tongue Marc Anthony has formulated a repertoire of torrid Salsa tracks that embrace a diverse trio of Latino, Pop and R&B. ‘’I Need To Know’’, released in 1999 is one such single that exemplifies the success of these crossover genres to produce a danceable composition that enchants the generations. Together with the line-up that includes violin, digital piano and indigenous percussion this indulgent affair has us all in raptures and Marc Anthony ruling the Salsa Empire wearing little more than a sache.Marc Anthony – Building The Salsa Empire Continue reading “Marc Anthony – Building The Salsa Empire”

The Yamaha Arius Piano Range – It’s Heavenly

Arius can be first cited as far back as AD 250; as a devoted priest in Alexandria, Egypt. If you too have received your calling then it’s time to check out the Yamaha Arius digital piano range. The result is pure heaven in a box resonating from 6 models from the Yamaha YDP 142 to the Yamaha YDP 162PE.Yamaha Arius YDP-142 Digital Piano available in 3 different colours

The Arius YDP-142 & YDP-162

Either of these two digital pianos is the perfect choice to get your creativity fired up. Yamaha’s Graded Standard Hammer (GSH) Action with a range of 88 keys can be found on the Yamaha Arius YPD-142 and YDP-162 models and will cater for those weightier contemporary bass lines in the left hand whilst accommodating decorative and intricate Baroque motifs in the right hand. Additional functions and effects will add depth and personality to your performance motivating you to refine your repertoire further.

Lauding It Up With The Arius YDP 181

This digital piano offers all the features of its more standard models plus the truest piano sound. The more discerning performer will appreciate the rich velvet timbre of the Yamaha Arius YDP-181 Digital Piano grand piano that is needed to authenticate the detailing of the composer’s manuscript. Nocturnes need to be executed with depth of feeling and maturity whilst the nimblest of scherzos should be light and tactile. The Yamaha Arius YDP 181 will provide all the tools you require to enhance your technical prowess – the rest is at your fingertips.

Sounding Just Grand With The Arius YDP 162PE

If you’re looking for the fullest of conversions then the Arius YDP 162PE has all the power and the glory. The high-end external finish reflects the equally luxurious internal workings with weighted action, controlled volume and simulated ebony and ivory keys to provide the grandest of performances fit for a discerning audience.

With the Yamaha YDP Arius electric piano range there’s something for everyone. The YDP 14 and 162 will fulfil your musical hopefuls whilst the Yamaha YDP 181 and YDP 162PE will take your musicality to the next level. Whatever your choice – just like Arius – you’ll be full of praise.