Murray McLachlan in conversation with Vick Bain – the creator of The F-List for Music, an advocate and campaigner for equality and diversity in the music industry with over 25 years of experience in the business. Vick has been enrolled into the Music Week Women in Music Awards Roll Of Honour, featured in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Music Powerlist and raised an important question on BBC World News + BBC One TV: “Why are there no women nominated for best artist in Brit Awards 2023?”… Read more
Kinderszenen: celebrity musician remembers his musical beginnings and childhood development
A new series of interviews with renowned musicians and composers in which they reflect on key experiences, influences and memories that had a significant impact on their future musical careers. Every musician is constantly on an artistic journey of discovery.
Andrew is one of the most versatile, energised, and talented figures in music education today. His superb blog Pianodao was launched in 2015 and continues to attract enormous interest, with an international following for its extensive range of articles and reviews. Ranked the number one piano education blog worldwide for three successive years, it is a bastion of support, insight and inspiration for piano teachers and players. … Read more
Scottish composer Donald Thomson: Edinburgh’s ebullient, energised enthusiast in conversation with Murray McLachlan.
Please forgive my over-alliterative heading for this piece on Donald, a wonderful individual who, though not strictly from Edinburgh (he actually lives in East Lothian!) most certainly exudes positive, ‘can do’ energy.… Read more
Arguably Anna Heller has done more in recent times to promote and encourage new piano music than any other living pianist. Unquestionably highly regarded internationally for her extraordinary contribution to performance and for the promotion of contemporary composers, her sensitive musicality and nuanced playing have been universally admired and praised.… Read more
Nancy is a well-loved polymath in the world of music education, with a distinguished reputation as a sound adjudicator, examiner, pedagogue, and writer. Though she is experienced as a violinist and electronic keyboard player, it is as a pianist and teacher that she is perhaps best known.… Read more
Heather Hammond hardly needs an introduction. Her wonderfully vibrant, exquisitely crafted, and pedagogically relevant compositions are especially well known to young pianists and frequently feature not only as popular choices in examination syllabuses but equally as well-loved pieces for private study and concert use. … Read more
I first heard Philip Martin’s dazzling pianism live on television when he performed Rachmaninov’s ‘Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini‘ at the BBC Proms with characteristic aplomb and panache.
This was back in the 1980s, but already he was an internationally respected figure with a substantial number of original compositions in his oeuvre, many of which were taken up by colleagues and students alike for performance and study.… Read more