This Autumn, Saturday 15 September until Tuesday 6 November, the BBC will be dedicating a suite of programmes to the music, history and beauty of one of the world’s most iconic instruments, the piano.
Piano Season on the BBC is a major six-week season celebrating a single instrument. The season will explore the piano’s wide-ranging influence from the 1700s to the present day, as well as delve into the lives of the people behind the piano and the music created for it.
Of particular interest to my piano students will be the “110% on Friday Nights” programme. Trinity College London and the ABRSM [Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music] will be helping budding pianists hone their skills in ‘110%’ on Friday nights. We’ll be treated to great performances of Piano Syllabus pieces and hear from the experts on what make them so special and how to get 110% in their exams.
Highlights of the season include an in-depth insight into The Leeds International Piano Competition, a Jazz Battle live from Trinity Laban College Greenwich, a downloadable A-Z of the piano, Peter Donohoe’s 50 Greats, an online masterclass for budding pianists and well-loved personalities from around the UK, such as Woman’s Hour’s Jane Garvey, Radio 1’s Dev and Olympic medal winner Samantha Murray, taking up the challenge of learning the piano for the first time, with eight of them taking part in the season finale, Gala Concert in Cardiff on the 29 October 2012.
4.30pm – 6.30pm, 21 September, 110% on Friday night:
Presented by Sean Rafferty.
The A-Z of the piano continues with Sir Tim Smit, creator of the Eden Project as he talks about ‘Encores’ and we hear another 110%: ideal performance of a piece from an examination syllabus. Today Edward MacDowell’s To A Wild Rose from the ABRSM Grade 5 examination.
4.30pm – 6.30pm, 28 September, 110% on Friday night:
Including ‘110%: an ideal performance of a piece from an examination syllabus’. Today Shostakovich’s Prelude & Fugue No.8, Op.87 from the Trinity College London Grade 6 examination.