About

“Frances Wilson…………a highly informative presence on the Internet, with her constructive and enthusiastic reviews of countless pianists under the name of ‘The Cross-Eyed Pianist’.”

Peter Donohoe, internationally-acclaimed concert pianist

IMG_2281A classically-trained pianist, I hold a Licentiate Diploma (Distinction) in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and run a popular private teaching practice in SW London for children and adults. As a keen concert-goer, I write music reviews for this site, a sister blog MusArtLondon and for international concert and opera listings site. I also review London exhibitions for US-based arts and culture site CultureVulture.net. I am a regular columnist for ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and contribute guest articles to classical music and music education websites around the world, including ‘Clavier Companion’ and ‘Making Music’.

“….her level of music writing is eons beyond most professional critique…”

Mahan Esfahani, international harpsichordist

Recent initiatives include the London Piano Meetup Group, which organises performance platforms, masterclasses and other events for adult amateur pianists in and around London, and co-founding and directing the South London Concert Series, a unique concert concept which gives amateur pianists the opportunity to play in the same formal concert setting as professionals and which seeks to recreate the atmosphere and ethos of the nineteenth-century European cultural salon by combining music with conviviality.

I am passionate about music and its importance in our lives, and this is reflected in my activities as a pianist, teacher, writer and concert-goer. The articles on this blog are in no particular order, nor follow a specific theme, other than classical music and pianism, interspersed with reviews of concerts, exhibitions, books or other cultural activities I have enjoyed. Any opinions expressed in the articles authored by me are mine and mine alone, and are my personal views. The Meet the Artist interview series was introduced in spring 2012 to offer interesting and revealing insights into the life of the professional musician. It has put me in touch with a fantastic range of artists, and I am grateful to everyone who has taken part in the project.

I am always happy to consider subjects for the blog and guest posts are invited. Please feel free to leave comments or contact me direct via the ‘Contact’ page.

Currently studying with Penelope Roskell, international concert pianist and Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, one of London’s top conservatoires. I have also participated in masterclasses with international concert pianists Murray McLachlan, Carlo Grante and Norma Fisher, and taken private tuition from Graham Fitch, Alan Fraser and James Lisney. I play a 1913 Bechstein Model A grand piano.

 

“The Cross-Eyed Pianist – a must-read for the keyboard-inclined”

Jessica Duchen, author and journalist

“Well written and obviously stemming from deep knowledge and love of the music”

Linda Kelly, writer and biographer

“There is much benefit to be gained from pianists’ blogs such as yours”

Penelope Roskell, international concert pianist and Professor of Piano & Piano Pedagogy at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music & Drama

“a confident and fluent pianist with an authoritative interpretative standpoint”

James Lisney, international concert pianist

 

For enquiries about piano lessons, please visit my studio website:

www.franceswilson.co.uk

Please see my About Me profile page for a more detailed c.v.

8 thoughts on “About”

  1. I so very much enjoy reading your posts. So inspiring, your posts, and makes me want to do two things: return to teaching again and relocate to a place as wonderful as London. Of course that will not happen. Currently just teaching my own children (3 girls) and I need to do better with my own teaching. Reading your blog from Papua, Indonesia (the other half of the New Guinea island). Keep up the good work and keep inspiring. Thanks.

  2. Your blog is always interesting and is giving me much pleasure while away from home. I can see and hear you which is a great comfort.

  3. What a great blog! Our Oxfam here in Blandford is indeed a great shop. Thanks for the articulate and entertaining style. Do you mind if I use your “Anatomy of a piece” in lessons?

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