Monthly Archives: April 2020

Andrew Holdsworth and Lockdown Friends: The Same Sun

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The Same Sun is a song, written by Andrew Holdsworth and performed by some of the pupils from the school where he has taught music for 25 years, and brought together into a YouTube video that he put together from … Continue reading

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Ballet Piano Podcast transcript now available

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Want to learn about playing for class in a fun, chatty podcast of experts? Read on to find out where. Continue reading

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Nureyev’s Siegfried solo in the White Swan pas de deux

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Maybe I’ve just led a sheltered ballet life, but after 30+ years of playing for more rehearsals and casts of the white swan pas de deux from Swan Lake Act II than I can remember, I was astounded the other day … Continue reading

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Everyday life as a ballet pianist: a cartoon by Marlene Spiers

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What not to say to ballet pianists: a cartoon from 1990 captures the moment perfectly! Continue reading

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A 19th century quadrille generator

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I remember inwardly eye-rolling when I heard a teacher many years ago claim excitedly that her pianist “never played the same thing twice.” Call me cynical, but if you’re a pianist for ballet class, you know that if you play … Continue reading

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