The Piano is for Playing

Returning to playing seriously after an absence, whether due to injury or stress, or simply a loss of interest in the instrument, can be tough. Lack of regular practise means fingers and limbs may be less than responsive, sluggish or [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
January 7th, 2018
Forgotten Cellists I: Leonard Rose

American cellist Leonard Rose, born in 1918, came by his talent honestly. His father was a cellist, as was his cousin Frank Miller, the legendary principal cello of the Chicago Symphony, with whom Rose studied before he attended Curtis Institute [...] more >>

by Janet Horvath
January 6th, 2018
The success in failure

A new museum in Helsingborg, Sweden, celebrates failure. Yes, you read that correctly – it celebrates failure. The museum displays corporate products which flopped but which paved the way for greater innovation and extraordinary commercial success (for example, Apple’s Newton [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
December 31st, 2017
Remedy, Unity, Salvation Rudolph Tang’s Top Ten

As the year approaches its end, it’s customary for the press to list their most impressive musical moments of the year. An old cliché as it may seem, a round up nevertheless offers an insightful glimpse into the chaotic and [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang
December 30th, 2017
Cultus interruptus: An unusual Rigoletto at Royal Opera House

For many reasons this was an odd night at the Royal Opera House. For one, this was the sickest audience I’ve ever encountered. The coughing in the auditorium was so intense, it took on cacophonic dimensions during the scene changes.

by Philip Eisenbeiss
December 28th, 2017
2017: The Year in Music Let’s hear Women’s Voices

What an extraordinary year! Some of the well guarded secrets that have long been circulating in the shadow of the operatic spotlight as sheer “rumours” before, were revealed for the first time to the general public. It followed a Me [...] more >>

by Rudolph Tang
December 27th, 2017
The Pianist’s Self-Compassion

The life of the pianist is, by necessity, solitary. For many of us, the solitude is not an issue: we crave a sense of apartness to enable us to do our work and to create special connections with audiences when [...] more >>

by Frances Wilson
December 24th, 2017
Unravelling the influential Franco-Belgian violin and organ schools I

By 1918, the century-old Franco-Belgian traditions of violin and organ studies, developed at the Paris Conservatoire, had undergone modifications that helped consolidate their tenets, empower their disciples, and spread their influence worldwide, to this day.

by Guy Francis
December 21st, 2017