The Cross-Eyed Pianist is Frances Wilson – pianist, writer and music lover

“an important voice in the piano world”

Peter Donohoe, concert pianist & international competition juror

“a valuable resource not only for the varied artists it represents but for the breadth of viewpoint and information it has amassed”

Kenneth Hesketh, composer

“providing a perspective on music from the eyes and ears of a real musician”

Mahan Esfahani, harpsichordist

Established in 2010, The Cross-Eyed Pianist has become “an important voice in the piano world” (Peter Donohoe, international concert pianist) and enjoys a wide global readership with c20,000 visitors to the site per month. Regularly updated with varied content and the popular Meet the Artist interview series, The Cross-Eyed Pianist is now one of the UK’s leading blogs on classical music, with a special focus on pianists and the piano.

“Thank you for the enthusiasm you bring to music”

Leon Bosch, double bassist & conductor

In addition to writing and editing this blog, Frances Wilson is a regular writer for classical music website InterludeHK and has contributed many articles on aspects of piano playing and pianism to ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content. She has acted as a syllabus consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Trinity College London and London College of Music, and has written teaching notes for the ABRSM and Trinity College London. She also writes for ‘The Schubertian’, the journal of The Schubert Institute UK, has been a content creator for IDAGIO classical music streaming service, and for six years was a regular reviewer for Bachtrack. She also edits two further sister blogs, A Piano Teacher Writes…. and ArtMuseLondon. Further examples of Frances’s writing can be found here

“…..very grateful for all that YOU do for the industry; you are so supportive of both established professionals as well as younger artists starting out”

Alisdair Hogarth, concert pianist

Frances is co-founder of Music into Words, a project exploring writing about classical music today, described by Tom Service (BBC Radio 3) as “hugely important……a brilliant agenda, raising really vital issues“. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters, to discuss the role of music criticism today and the effect of the internet on music journalism and writing, and on several classical music podcasts, including the Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast and The David Taylor Podcast.

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

Mahan Esfahani

A passionate advocate for amateur pianists, Frances is co-founder of the London Piano Meetup Group, a friendly supportive group which organises informal performance platforms, workshops with visiting tutors and social events in and around London. In addition, she manages publicity/PR for a portfolio of professional musicians and the arts collective 7 Star Arts, and since November 2018 has been Concerts Manager for Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts.

Frances is happy to consider concerts, CD launches, CDs and other music-related material for review. Please contact her in advance using the Contact page and refrain from sending unsolicited material. Further details of Frances’s publicity work here.

a unique and valuable contribution

Frances returned to the piano after a gap of some 20 years, achieving Licentiate and Associate Diplomas (both with Distinction) in Piano Performance in her late 40s. She has studied with a number of acclaimed teachers, including Penelope Roskell and Graham Fitch, and participated in masterclasses, workshops and courses with, amongst others, Stephen Savage, Murray McLachlan and Charlotte Tomlinson.

(photo: James Eppy)


  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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