The Classical Revolution was founded in San Francisco in 2006 and has now popped up here in London. It’s a great concept; taking classical music out of the usual formal concert hall environment and into local venues such as clubs, cafes, and bars. So it’s possible to chat with the artists after their performance over a drink and even join in and ‘ChamberJam’. There are also ‘open mic’ sessions for up and coming performers as well as ‘Headline’ and ‘Featured’ acts which showcases established professionals.
I love this idea. It will hopefully introduce a whole new much-needed audience to classical music. The Classical Revolution is curated in London by violinist Simon Hewitt Jones and the first event took place on 23rd March at the The Red Hedgehog, and featured pianist Christine Stevenson, playing Liszt. There’s another chance to enjoy the Revolution magic on Tuesday 27 March, 7pm, at The Green Carnation, Soho. Performers on Tuesday include Cellist Richard Harwood and The Busch Ensemble. If you would like to know more about this and other upcoming events have a look here.
For much more information about practising repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece.
If you’re thinking about learning to play the piano, my guide-book, So You Want To Play The Piano? (Alfred) is full of useful help and support.
The Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber) is also a valuable resource for those who desire a collection of standard repertoire from Grades 2 – 8, featuring 78 pieces in total.
I have written a selection of educational piano music (both solo and duet) and you can hear it and find out much more here: EVC Music Publications.