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A London Schubertiade: The Forge, 24th March 2015

On 24 March the Canadian bass-baritone Andrew Mahon will be performing with the South African/Israeli pianist Ammiel Bushakevitz at The Forge, Camden NW1 7NL

You have chosen to perform exclusively works by Franz Schubert. Why is…


Added by Trudy Ann White on March 11, 2015 at 12:47 — No Comments

South London Concert Series

Launched in November 2013, the South London Concert Series was founded by harpsichordist, pianist and teacher Lorraine Liyanage and pianist, piano teacher and music blogger Frances Wilson to promote young and emerging musicians (primarily pianists) living or studying in the UK. The Series is unique as it also offers performance opportunities to non-professional and amateur…


Added by Frances Wilson on January 5, 2014 at 11:54 — No Comments


We love all things piano!

Run by my colleague Lorraine Liyanage and myself, the London Piano Meetup is a regular social and performance opportunity for amateur pianists age 16+. We meet at various venues in central London for masterclasses with pianists such as Graham Fitch and GéNIA of…


Added by Frances Wilson on September 8, 2013 at 14:36 — No Comments

Live recording of David playing his new work for solo guitar

David playing his new solo guitar work 'Lirico' live at The Studio, St James Theatre:

Added by David Braid on August 9, 2013 at 12:44 — No Comments

'Divine Fire' - the story of Fryderyk Chopin & George Sand

The story of composer Fryderyk Chopin and writer George Sand is one of the most compelling, romantic and passionate, a nine-year love affair which continues to fascinate and grip the imagination. It is a story of creative union and artistic inspiration, of a relationship severed by ugly jealousy and recrimination, and one which ended tragically with the untimely death of Chopin…


Added by Frances Wilson on August 6, 2013 at 10:29 — No Comments

South London Concert Series

An exciting new venture founded by harpsichordist, pianist and teacher Lorraine Liyanage and pianist, piano teacher and music blogger Frances Wilson to promote emerging musicians (primarily pianists) living or studying in the UK.…


Added by Frances Wilson on July 21, 2013 at 16:40 — No Comments

Launch of London Piano Meetup Group

The launch of the London Piano Meetup Group at Peregrine's Pianos on Saturday 18th May was a very enjoyable and successful event, very well-attended, and friendly. Hosted by Lorraine Liyanage and myself, we had six performers playing repertoire by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Brahms and Rimsky-Korsakov, and all the playing was of a very high standard. The atmosphere was…


Added by Frances Wilson on May 19, 2013 at 12:58 — No Comments

CD review: Schubertreise vol 2

Schubert: Fantasy in C 'Grazer', D 605a

Vriend: JOY (2011)

Chopin: Sonata in g, opus 65, Nocturne, opus 62/1

Debussy: Estampes

Lutoslawski: Grave

Joy Lisney, violoncello / James Lisney,…


Added by Frances Wilson on May 9, 2013 at 10:16 — No Comments


I run a regular interview slot on my blog The Cross-Eyed Pianist in which musicians, composers and conductors discuss many aspects of their professional working life, including influences, repertoire, recording, performing, teaching and more. The interview takes the form of a short questionnaire, loosely based on…


Added by Frances Wilson on April 18, 2013 at 11:24 — No Comments

Sounds of Silence?

The other day I was talking about John Cage's infamous 4'33" with one of my students, while giving the student an overview of music history. When we got to 20th century music, it was Laurie, not me, who offered Cage's iconic - and iconoclastic - piece as an example of 20th century music. Laurie seemed both bemused and confused that a piece of "music" should exist, with a full, written out score, which requires the musicians to stay silent. This prompted a discussion about silence in…


Added by Frances Wilson on April 10, 2013 at 17:05 — No Comments


Well, it's been a while since last I posted... this March I won the 2012 West Sussex Youth Music Award.

The award has a sentimental value for me, because part of the prize is to give a recital in next year's concert lineup at the Regis School of Music, where I took my first lessons. 
Thanks to luthier Pablo Requena whose excellent guitar - his first cedar lattice - I used in the competition, and am now playing.  

Added by Samuel Brown on April 2, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments


I am currently composing music for "Selling the Soil," (Luk Luk Productions for Sky 280,) a documentary about farmer's markets, to be broadcast next Spring. Will keep you posted.


I have just returned from Manchester Science Festival, where I directed three days of workshops exploring sound physics, and World rhythms, using recycled objects & materials. Around 200 people per day, of varied ages and abilities, attended the sessions. Many thanks to the organisers and…


Added by Michael Freeman on October 30, 2011 at 19:00 — 1 Comment


So, having just returned from a week's spotlighting near Berlin, I thought I might just write a little here - that's what a blog is for, I suppose.

My hometown is twinned with a borough about half an hour from Berlin called Trebbin, and last year I performed for the twinning reception when they came to England. This year I was invited to return the favour, giving two spotlight performances at the various formalities in Germany: one for the members of the twinning association, the…


Added by Samuel Brown on October 10, 2011 at 16:27 — No Comments


So, hello :)

As stated above, I am an undergrad at Trinity music college, which means I've been here all of two weeks. My third week is going well so far; all my lessons have now started.

Applied Musicianship is a scary class where we have to do a lot of aural skills, and also chord naming (in figured bass AND commerical notation, nonetheless) and playing things by ear.

Professional Studies is a fairly new one on the syllabus, and is basically made up of a variety of…


Added by Bryony Clark on September 21, 2011 at 17:30 — No Comments

So, hello everyone!

I thought I would just write "thank you" here. I think a classical music network is a fantastic idea and I'm pleased to be a part of it! I'm certain this will be a very music-filled year, and I'm looking forward to the chance to meet new musicians and to perform around London. Well, all the very best, and thanks again!
Sam Brown.

Added by Samuel Brown on September 20, 2011 at 23:00 — No Comments


Wow, I've never blogged before so this feels really strange.

I'm hoping to keep you updated with everything I'm doing as I've recently started a brand new course at Birmingham Conservatoire today!

So here starts the beginning of a beautiful friendship between woman and blog... maybe

I took my first step into the world of Master's degrees yesterday and it turns out I'm the youngest one there as most students have taken a few years out to get some work experience. Thought…


Added by Carrie Leanne Underwood on September 20, 2011 at 21:04 — No Comments

Groups' speedy descriptions

* UNIPER STU: performance degree students

* UNIACA STU: musicology degree students…


Added by Akouson Classical on December 14, 2010 at 23:09 — No Comments

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