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1910 – A Vintage Year for Preludes by Debussy and Rachmaninoff

In 1910 , George V (above, centre) became King of England, the Zeppelin took its first commercial flight and  E.M. Forster published Howard’s End. There were Champagne  Riots in France (below), caused by the failure of the grape harvest. But it was a … Continue reading

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A family affair. Bach – Prelude in C

There are times when a sudden discovery on the internet stops us in our tracks. For me, the image below is one of those moments, as I come face to face (albeit digitally)  with the manuscript of JS Bach’s Prelude in C from … Continue reading

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The Incomparable Schubert : Sonata in A Minor D 784

Schubert.  How can I write about Schubert? How can anyone even begin to approach the sublime mystery which is Schubert? And where to start? Let’s start with an image – Alfred Brendel at Schubert’s original grave – more about that … Continue reading

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Satie’s Vexations – at Aldeburgh

  I’m very excited to be going to Aldeburgh this afternoon to take part in a performance of Satie’s Vexations as part of Musicircus at the Aldeburgh Festival. It is taking place at the Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and The Arthouse … Continue reading

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Summer School for Pianists – come and join us!

It’s that time of year again – we are gearing up for the Summer School for Pianists! The emails are flying around, the repertoire is being finalised, the fingers are flexing, and we are looking forward to another great week … Continue reading

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Epilogue – The Uplifting Speech?

So our wonderful Summer School for Pianists is over, and we’re all back at home. The cases are unpacked, the paperwork dealt with, and reality has kicked in: I returned to a garden full of delicious vegetables, lovingly watered by my neighbour … Continue reading

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My Heart Will Go On – ‘Titanic’ violin authenticated

Walking along the subway near South Kensington tube this afternoon, I heard a busking violinist play the Celine Dion hit ‘My Heart Will Go On’ from the 1997 film, Titanic. The choice of repertoire was very appropriate; it has recently … Continue reading

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