SHINE Because of Music!

I’ve just heard about a FREE event taking part in London on 7th July 2017, which looks fantastic!

“Shine!” is a celebratory event hosted by ABRSM in partnership with the Barbican and Classic FM with a great line up of speakers, performers and awards to celebrate music education.

Confirmed to be appearing are the London Symphony Orchestra, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Jess Gillam, Sir Simon Rattle and Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass.

Whatever your interest in music – whether a player, teacher, student or parent – this looks like a fantastic programme that offers something for everyone.

So without further ado, here is the full press release from ABRSM, and the link to reserve your FREE tickets:

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EPTA Piano Teachers’ Course

I am delighted to tell readers that I have accepted an invitation to join the Principal Tutor team for the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA) UK Piano Teachers’ Course.

I will be joining the esteemed colleagues that I am pictured with above (photo by Jennie Parke Matheson) – from the left, Ilga Pitkevica, Sally Cathcart, me, Lucinda Mackworth-Young, Graham Fitch and Heli Ignatius-Fleet.

The PTC is a part-time course, designed to suit those with other commitments, running with the academic year from October through to June. It consists of four residential weekends, two single Sundays and independent study and assignments spread throughout the year.

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Andrew Eales: an interview

Interview by Frances Wilson

This interview includes material that originally appeared on Frances Wilson’s site The Cross-Eyed Pianist, and is reproduced here with her kind permission.

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Take a Bow! How, When and Why…

Advice for New Performers

As the pianist releases the final notes of the piece, the audience bursts into enthusiastic applause. The player stands and takes a bow…

It’s a code of conduct that we tend to take for granted – but one that should be taught and practised as part of performance preparation.

Because I try to cultivate a friendly, non-competitive, informal atmosphere at my student concerts, I have not always been careful to make sure that new performers understand the importance of “stagecraft”, and the essential place of taking a bow in order to receive and acknowledge audience applause.

I have been trying to address that by giving students a “mock performance” experience in their lesson, including teaching them how to bow. Here is a quick summary that supports that practice.

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Snow on Snow

Like many in the UK, I woke up to an early blast of freezing temperatures this morning. The frost is deep and crisp and even. The pond is starting to ice over. “The hose is froze”.

And while I live in a mild temperate climate, far from the extremes that many friends and colleagues around the world experience, there remains no doubt that winter is coming even here.

I always associate the different seasons and time of the year with different music. And like many composers that is also reflected in my writing.

With that in mind, here is something to listen to from the warmth of the indoors – a small composition of mine from a few seasons ago, called “Snow on Snow”. The words (which I read aloud) are from Christina Rosetti’s “In the Bleak Midwinter”.

If you enjoy this, do feel free to explore my other original music on SoundCloud.

Stay warm!

ABRSM Conference Report

ABRSM’s Teacher Conference has established itself as one of the leading events in the instrumental teacher’s calendar, providing an opportunity for colleagues to network, stay abreast of new developments in the music teaching world, and refresh teaching skills.

This year’s conference took place at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel on Saturday 5th November, and took as its title and grand theme ”The Art and Craft of Performing. More than 500 teachers attended, including me for the first time.

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