Murray McLachlan plays Piano Sonata No. 5 by John McLeod

  I wrote last week about the Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy held at the Yehudi Menuhin School (you can read the post here). Students and teachers could enjoy the recitals and lectures given by the faculty during the evenings. Scottish pianist Murray McLachlan is Head of Keyboard at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and…

Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy 2014

There are a plethora of piano courses taking place every year here in the UK. The majority are held during the Summer months, coinciding with holiday periods, usually offering a mixture of one to one lessons and group classes. Courses can be a very helpful addition to a pianist’s regular musical activities, providing much-needed extra ‘ears’ and piano…

Ruth Nye in conversation with Melanie Spanswick

The twenty-fourth interview in my Classical Conversations Series features Australian pianist and esteemed teacher, Ruth Nye. I caught up with Ruth a few weeks ago and we chatted at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London. Ruth was invited to study in New York with Claudio Arrau after the Maestro heard her perform in Melbourne, Australia.  A…