Weekend Competition: Celebration Series®, Sixth Edition

It’s been a while since I offered a weekend competition, and today’s post is particularly exciting because it focuses on the new, highly anticipated Celebration Series®, published by The Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Programme. This Programme is based in Toronto, Canada. A very popular examination board in Canada and North America, the RCM works…

The Recording Process: Yuki Negishi

Today’s guest writer is no stranger to my blog; Japanese pianist Yuki Negishi has written many articles chronicling her pianistic journey to date and you can read them in my Blog Archives, under Guest Post Series. In this post, she describes her most recent project; the recording of her new album, Enigma. I’m both honoured…

Eton College at Coach House Pianos

Just along the New King’s Road in Chelsea, London, stands an impressive white Art Deco building. Such buildings, generally constructed in the early part of the Twentieth century, frequently exhibit a certain majestic quality, even if they also tend to harbour a faded grandeur. This particular building, however, is the renowned Talisman building. Constructed in…

Chord Playing and Improvising: Christopher Norton

This is the first of five articles written especially for this blog by renowned composer and educator Christopher Norton. These posts are intended to encourage classical players (and teachers) to explore jazz and pop styles. Deep in Thought is the first featured piece, and you can download it here for free. Chris also offers some…

Easter Master Class with Leif Ove Andsnes

A very Happy Easter to those who celebrate. I hope that you are able to rest, relax and recharge during this holiday break. This week’s post features the following master class with Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. The class was recorded on September 3rd 2021 at the Riga Jurmala Academy and features student Ilana Lode,…

Studying at a Music Conservatoire: Evelyn Chang

Today’s post is a continuation of my series delving into the purpose and benefits of studying at a music conservatoire. My guest writer is pianist and composer Evelyn Chang. Evelyn, who was born in Taiwan and is now based in Hong-Kong, charts her musical journey from her home country to the UK, where she studied…

First Repertoire For Little Pianists Webinar

I will be presenting a webinar for the Willis Music Company later this week. For those with young students, or those who have just started learning to play the piano, this webinar may be of interest. The presentation will focus on my new two-book series, First Repertoire For Little Pianists, which was published by US…

World Piano Day 2022

Happy World Piano Day! As we celebrate this wonderful instrument, I’m sure you’ll be aware of the copious online events and articles commemorating the 2022 Piano Day. As part of the celebrations, I have been interviewed for the renowned Twinkl education site, which specialises in offering online educational resources for school children, teachers and parents….