Castaways Pick Pop and Pianos

As the popular Radio 4 series Desert Island Discs prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary, presenter Kirsty Young reveals that in recent times there have been significantly fewer classical pieces in the guests’ music choices than when the show first started.
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ABRSM’s New Address

If anyone is struggling to find the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) that’s probably because it relocated at the start of this month.
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Free Help with ABRSM Exams

Anyone working towards an ABRSM music exam, may be interested in a free presentation to be held at Forsyth music shop in Manchester.
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Give up those Piano Regrets

Yesterday I was reading a feature called ‘The Definite Article’ in last week’s Daily Mail Weekend supplement. (It’s a busy time in our house and I always seem to be a week behind). Anyway, the date on the front of the magazine is irrelevant as far as this article is concerned – because the sentiment expressed within is timeless.
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Talking of Examinations

Anyone who gives piano lessons and enters pupils for ABRSM examinations may be interested in the 2016 ABRSM conference which is taking place on November 5.
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New ABRSM Diploma

The ABRSM has just announced the launch of a new qualification – the Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (ARSM) – which is intended to bridge the gap between grade 8 and the DipABRSM. For anyone who wants to know a bit more about this, there is a video on youtube.

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Tickling Time for Pianists

Liverpool is once again giving piano performers the chance to try their hand at busking.
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Instrumental in Brain Development

Further to my post from May 19 on Free Piano Lessons, I discovered a BBC News report by Anu Anand who was filmed taking one of these lessons from teacher Barbara de Biasi.
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Free Piano Lessons

I was delighted to read – in yesterday’s Evening Standard – that a top pianist is offering free piano lessons in London’s St Pancreas Station.
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I really love my piano. It’s given myself and my family many years of enjoyment, whilst earning me a decent living. However, to anyone else, there’s nothing special about it: it’s a bog-standard, light wood upright. The same cannot be said of the weird and wonderful piano selection featured in yesterday’s Telegraph.
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