Weekend Competition: Relax With…

The Relax With series is a relatively new collection of piano music books edited by British concert pianist Samantha Ward (published by Schott Music) and designed primarily to be played at home, simply for pleasure. Selected for their relaxing qualities, the pieces in this volume range from well-known classics to delightful lesser-known gems. Featuring both…

Weekend Competition: Easy Concert Pieces

Today’s competition features two new publications from Schott Music; Easy Concert Pieces Books 1 & 2. These volumes consist of elementary pieces, which are in a progressive order. Great for recitals, concerts, competitions and exams, they offer a broad selection of styles and genres from Baroque through to Contemporary. Both books come with a useful…

At the movies competition: the winners

Many thanks to all those who took part in the weekend competition; the prizes are a copy of Faber Music’s new Film Themes: The Piano Collection, and the music to La La Land. Without further ado, the winners are: Jen Edwards-Cox wins Film Themes: The Piano Collection, and Suzanne Buttimer wins La La Land CONGRATULATIONS!…

Weekend Competition: At the movies

Wishing you and your family a very HAPPY EASTER! I hope you enjoy a restful weekend wherever you are in the world. The weekend’s competition focuses on music from the movies, thanks to Faber Music’s vibrant, interesting new collections. Film Themes: The Piano Collection consists of thirty film tunes arranged for piano solo; a selection…

Weekend Competition: The Piano Playlist & My First Chopin

Today’s weekend competition features two volumes, both new publications from Schott Music. The Piano Playlist is a collection of 50 arrangements by Barrie Carson Turner, featuring many popular favourites from opera arias (Habanera from Carmen by Bizet, Nessun Dorma from Turandot, and O Mio Babbino Caro from Gianni Schicchi both by Puccini), to ballet numbers,…

Weekend Competition: Piano Notes 2017-18

Piano Notes were published last month and offer students and teachers a wealth of practical advice for the entire ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music examination board) piano syllabus from Grade 1 through to Grade 8, which started in January 2017 and goes through to Spring 2019. The notes include all alternative…

New Year Weekend Competition

Welcome to the first competition of the New Year here on my blog! The prize is a copy of Faber Music’s latest publications, The Ultimate Easy Piano Songlist. A great selection of pop songs, all arranged for the intermediate pianist, or around Grade 5 – 7 level (in my opinion!). Classics by artists such as…

Weekend Competition; the winners

Many thanks to everyone who took part in my weekend competition. Two signed copies of Safari, a collection of 23 elementary pieces, by composer June Armstrong will be sent to the following winners: Susan Hong and Rebecca Singerman-Knight Congratulations! Please send your address via the contact page here on this blog, and your books will…

Weekend Competition: Three prizes!

Today’s competition features three Schott publications; Russian Folk tunes comprises a set of traditional tunes arranged and played by bandoneonist, composer and arranger Julian Rowlands. There are 23 pieces in the volume, intended for approximately intermediate to advanced players. Find out more here. Piano Piccolo which contains 111 easy original piano pieces compiled by German composer,…

Weekend Competition: Rock & Pop Studies

Today’s weekend competition features a useful Rock & Pop tutor book written by Lucy Holliday and Oliver Weeks, published by Faber Music. For beginner to intermediate level (around Grades 3 – 5 ABRSM), this volume contains 88 progressive studies and exercises which become more complex, both harmonically and rhythmically. Each exercise is accompanied by practice…