Monthly Archives: May 2011

Tuesday’s quote, 31/05/2011: On practising the piano

Practising is the process of taking a task that seems difficult and doing it repeatedly, over days and weeks until you are able to do it well, and easily. Ron Ottley This quote is from Ruth Bonetti’s book for young … Continue reading

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A song for Tuesday: Jean Sibelius’ Impromptu no. 5, op.5 for the piano

My student Joe is learning this lovely piece by Jean Sibelius. Sibelius is a Finnish composer born in 1865. He composed music that falls into the late Romantic period. Such is Sibelius’ genius that there is an extremely important piece … Continue reading

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Monday’s quote, 30/05/2011: On practising the piano

“Practice being excited.” Bill Foster

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A song for Monday: Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance no. 8 for piano duet

I will be performing this duet with Joe Ruddleston as the opening to the SE22 Piano School’s summer recital this Sunday at Dulwich College. Congratulations to Joe on achieving a place at Bristol University to study music in September.

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Sunday’s quote, 29/05/2011: On practising the piano

Here’s a week’s worth of quotes about practicing the piano to coincide with a week’s break from piano lessons. I dedicate these blog posts to the select few students that persevere and practice daily in the pursuit of musical success! … Continue reading

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A song for Sunday: Fazil Say’s Ballade no.2, “Kumru” for the piano

I heard the very talented Steven Dodsworth playing this ballade at the Croydon and Ealing festivals a fortnight ago and it struck me as being a very unusual and beautiful piece, the style of which I have never heard before, nor had … Continue reading

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Activities for the May half-term: The British Music Experience at the O2 Bubble, Saturday 28 May – Friday 3 June

May Half Term: Rewind the Music, a Time travelling jam session! Get hands on with the weird and wonderful instruments from the Tea Chest Bass to the Theremin! The BME team are on hand to take you on a journey … Continue reading

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Now booking for Mock ABRSM Piano Exams on Sunday 19th of June in East Dulwich

We will be running a mock exam session in East Dulwich on the morning of Sunday 19 June. Please return your payment to your teacher before the end of term. Do have a look through Clara Taylor’s very comprehensive guide … Continue reading

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July / August School Trip – Fantastic Mr. Fox at Holland Park

For those of you in need of ways to entertain the kids during the long Summer holidays, then feel free to come along to Fantastic Mr Fox, a family opera based on Roald Dahl’s story on the 2nd of August. … Continue reading

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Lang Lang at the Southbank this weekend – lots of free events.

Any serious pianist will have heard of Lang Lang, a Chinese concert pianist that is an inspirational figure in the world of music – and beyond. He featured in Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in … Continue reading

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