Great to hear our Walter-McNulty fortepiano in action at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh for a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3 yesterday. Despite receiving excessive punishment at the hands of Robert Levin, accompanying Steven Isserlis on the cello playing Beethoven repertoire, the piano sounded good thanks to the Alexander Skeaping’s hard work tuning and Paul […]
Why do people rent pianos? In these uncertain times many people don’t want to commit to buying a piano – they might have to move job or home, or a small child just starting may not take to the instrument. The flexibility that low cost piano rental gives you (from £1/day) combined with the savings […]
I’m in the pit at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden) for the Royal Ballet School Summer Performance!
What a week (and I don’t just mean the politics). It began with delivering a Feurich grand piano to Emeli Sande, included the Royal Birmingham Ballet rehearsing at Henry Wood Hall and ended viewing a beautiful Gaveau grand piano in Kent for Robbie Williams at David Winston’s Period Pianos. I was charmed to find Maurice […]
I’m at Abbey Road studios tuning the Feurich 122 upright piano. I met Carlos Lellis, course leader for the Abbey Road Institute, the educational arm of Abbey Road Studios. He said everybody loves playing the Feurich when they come into the room and it’s a joy to record because of the big, rich sound!
In the 1970s and 1980s it was de rigeur to buy a Bosendorfer grand piano if you had made it in the pop world. If you had a hundred grand to spend and a big space then there was nothing more lavish than the Bosendorfer Imperial (290cm or 9ft 6 in long, with 97 keys!). That was […]
On the subject of Abbey Road you can now take a virtual tour of Abbey Road Studios, thanks to Google combining forces with the producer Giles Martin. I have tuned pianos for both Giles and his now sadly departed father George and found them to be some of the nicest people I have ever met!
We are providing a lovely Feurich piano for the Abbey Road Institute, the educational institute for sound recording and engineering located at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.
Wagner’s Ring cycle conditioned with comedy and shrunk to 2 hours! We are providing a grand piano for the Rinse Cycle, currently in rehearsals at the Charing Cross Theatre, which runs 15 Feb-12 March. Award-winning Unexpected Opera are promising to “remove the cultural stains and encrusted stereotypes” from Wagner’s masterpiece.
Interested to read about Prince Charles and Camilla’s visit to Wilton’s Music Hall, the world’s last surviving music hall, which is tucked away in Grace’s Alley, off Cable Street in London’s East End. So that’s why they wanted the piano tuned this week! (We have two uprights there currently).