Football & Music part 2: Performing Psychology

Footballers and musicians both perform in public. They share the need to focus and energise physically, mentally, and emotionally so that they can maximise their playing ability when they enter the public arena. In both sport and music, performing experience unquestionably develops the coping mechanisms players need in order to conquer nerves and doubts.… Read more

Let’s talk about Urtext?

We live in an era of unprecedented historical awareness, with state-of-the-art scholarly editions of repertoire readily available from most of the famous publishing houses. And when musicians want to purchase music from the standard repertoire to study, there is a wide range of options as far as editions are concerned.… Read more

Coping with Criticism part 2

Fulfilment in music does not depend on receiving distinction in a grade exam, a prize, a wonderful press notice, or even just a fulsome round of applause.

Of course, all of these things can be encouraging, even inspiring… but ultimately, they enhance and energise what should already be firmly in place and is always much more important: a strong love of music and the desire to strive for even more connection and communication through it.… Read more

Avoiding the Plastic Fantastic: Searching for authenticity in an age of pressurised perfectionism

How can we maximise integrity in performance?

In an age of perfectionism and generically high standards, there is a danger that young musicians seek worldly success and popular approval as prime motivations. In the search for stardom and competition prizes, there is a risk that the responsibility all musicians have to their legacy – the repertoire they play can become distorted.… Read more

This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.