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Listening to Recordings When Practising: Useful, or a Thing to Avoid?
Many musicians or students start learning a piece that inspired them when they heard it at a concert or on the radio. Some famous pieces have been recorded hundreds of times, and with streaming services and YouTube out there for
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The Out of Tune Pianos of Lockdown
Soon after the first UK lockdown began in March 2020, videos began appearing online of people playing their pianos in their homes. Often these home performances – more playing for oneself than for others – were prefaced by an apology
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The Creativity of Laziness
Given the context of 2020, many composers and artists have regretted not having created more; having been given the gift of time and not making the most of it. While there are many reasons for a lack of creative result,
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When Is a Sold Out Concert Not a Sold Out Concert?
Answer:When it’s a socially-distanced concert I’ve been guilty of it myself, proudly trumpeting “this concert is now sold out!” for the events I have been promoting last year in September and October (I work for a London-based arts organisation and
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What Might 2021 Bring for Classical Music?
2020 was the year of silent concert halls and shuttered opera houses and theatres. Yet the music played on, as musicians, ensembles, orchestras and venues were determined to continue to offer performances via livestreams and video casts, and, when possible,
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The MAYA Principle
Raymond Loewy is a famous industrial designer, responsible for some of the most famous designs of the 21st century; the Coca-Cola bottle, the Shell Oil logo, the US Postal Service logo etc. His approach to design is well-known under the
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When Cellists Play in the Strangest Places and Other Adventures
We play the loveliest of instruments with its golden tones and heartrending melodies, but, its wide appeal has caused endless adventures. I can remember being asked to pose with my cello in boxer shorts; playing a recital on a stage
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4 Top Tips for Slow Practice
Ever watched a piano virtuoso flying around the keyboard at breakneck speed, or an ensemble ripping through John Adams’ frantic Chamber Symphony? One of the things that these have in common is the preparation needed to reach such dazzling speeds:
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