Tuesday 18th October 2016, 1901 Arts Club
The piano, in all its complexity and beauty, is a source of constant fascination, for those who play it and those who enjoy hearing the instrument being played. We listen in wonder to the lonely pianist conjuring magical sounds out of that box of wood and wires, in effect a machine, and marvel at his or her ability to create myriad sonic shadings, from a full orchestral fortissimo to the quietest most intimate whispered pianissimo.
This special event will explore how we translate that fascination and engrossing engagement with the instrument into words: how we explain the feeling of playing certain repertoire, the experience of concerts and performing, differing approaches to technique and interpretation, teaching and mentoring, and simply enjoying the instrument.
Three leading UK bloggers on the piano and piano teaching will explore different approaches to writing about the piano, pianism, being a pianist, piano playing, the instrument and its literature. The event will be of interest to pianists of all levels, professional or amateur, piano teachers, piano enthusiasts and music lovers in general, and takes place in the convivial surroundings of the 1901 Arts Club, close to London’s Waterloo Station. Pianist Elspeth Wyllie will give a short recital to open the event.
Early booking is recommended due to the small size of the venue
Graham Fitch – acclaimed pianist, teacher, writer and author of the Practising the Piano blog and ebook
Andrew Eales – pianist, teacher and creator of the Piano Dao blog
Frances Wilson – pianist, teacher, concert reviewer and author of The Cross-Eyed Pianist blog
Elspeth Wyllie, pianist
- Short recital by guest performer
- Presentations by each speaker
- Q&A/discussion session
- Networking and socialising upstairs at the 1901 Arts Club