Coping with COVID

Competitions part 3: Murray is looking for the answers to whether coping with COVID offered a cure for a crisis. 

Part 5: Alim Beisembayev Interview >
Part 4: Coping with COVID >
Part 3: Current blog
Part 2: Smaller piano competitions >
Part 1: If piano competitions didn’t exist… >

When the world changed with lockdown in March 2020 freelance musicians, including soloists and chamber performers, suffered extraordinary hardship.… Read more

Smaller music competitions

Competitions part 2: When we think of international music competitions today, live streams, enormous halls and extraordinary prizes immediately come to mind. Events like the Van Cliburn in Fort Worth, Tchaikovsky competitions in Moscow and the Chopin competition in Warsaw could hardly be more high profile, with vast international audiences following every stage of proceedings with avid interest and passion.… Read more

If piano competitions did not exist…

Competitions part 1: Can young musicians be forgiven for assuming that they simply have to win one of these events in order to find a career in music?

Part 5: Alim Beisembayev Interview >
Part 4: Copying with COVID >
Part 3: Copying with COVID > conclusion
Part 2: Smaller Music competitions >
Part 1: Current blog

Though we may like to think that music transcends sport and objective worldly evaluations, there is nothing new about the concept of musicians performing in competitions.… Read more

To memorise or not to memorise? That is the question…

In his blog, Murray tackles a very important topic for any musician: is playing from memory really necessary? 

When we listen to a performance, surely it is the sounds we hear that matter the most rather than the presentation? And it surely goes without saying that what counts is the quality of sounds that musicians produce on stage rather than the means by which they are produced.… Read more

The composing spectrum part 2

Nikki Illes, who has worked with Alanna on occasion, is clear about the need to begin musical exploration creatively rather than from a more academic, intellectual perspective:

Even with someone more advanced like Alanna, the temptation is to get into the nitty gritty of harmonic specifics, whereas letting the musical imagination explore a broader more modal approach opens the ears. Read more

Both sides of the brain

About practising part 1: Murray McLachlan discovers how both sides of our brain contribute to our practising the piano.

Part 1: Current blog
Part 2
: Micro practice >
Part 3: Internalisation & working away from the instrument >
Part 4: How to begin?Read more

The composing spectrum part one

The composing spectrum part 1: For many musicians, the image of a composer sitting at a desk in front of a blank sheet of manuscript paper in order to begin writing ‘original’ music seems quite alien from what they are doing on a day-to-day basis.… Read more

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