Frances George Piano
|Posted on September 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM||comments (7)|
PLAYING PIANO FOR THE SENIOR CITIZENS IN TEDDINGTON
Over the past year I have enjoyed entertaining local senior citizens at Teddington's Over Sixites Club at Ellerary Hall twice a month.
I look forward to continuing to play for everyone over the coming year.
Elleray Hall is a great community resource, and I encourage you all to support it by attending events or by offering a voluntary service as I am doing.
|Posted on January 25, 2015 at 1:21 PM||comments (1)|
I started taking French horn lessons in November 2013 because I love the sound of the instrument, and wanted to play with other musicians in amateur ensembles.
Learning a new instrument helps me empathise with the difficulties and nervousness of my own beginner piano students, and helps me compose with more understanding of the needs of brass players!
I am pleased to say that I passed my Grade 5 with Distinction in March 2016 and plan to take my Grade 6 exam in November 2016.
I'd like to thank my teacher Laura Llewellyn Jones and my accomplished accompanist Fran Wilson for getting me there.
I continue to enjoy playing with the Palace Band this year - look out for our concerts in and around Alexandra Palace this summer.
|Posted on June 13, 2014 at 1:36 PM||comments (0)|
PERFORMANCES AT FUND RAISING CONCERTS
FOR THE CITY LIT MUSIC DEPARTMENT
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, London
June 2014 and February 2015
I was privileged to be one of around 20 students from the City Lit, London, performing in a concert of French piano music to a church full of listeners in June 2014. I played two Messiaen Preludes, La Colombe and Plainte Calme.
Other students gave enjoyable performances of Debussy Preludes and pieces by other French composers including Faure and Ravel.
It was a great opportunity to share my enjoyment of the music with an attentive audience, and also to empathise with the feelings of my students performing in piano exams and end of year piano concerts. I managed to overcome a racing, thumping heartbeat and thoughts of "shall I just run away now while nobody is looking" and "I'm going to make a complete hash of it" by doing some mindfulness and breathing exercises, and thinking "well, everyone else is managing well, so why shouldn't I be ok too". After the first ten seconds I relaxed and felt as if I was playing to friends at home, and can honestly say I enjoyed playing for everyone.
I enjoyed playing at St Paul's Church again in February 2015, this time presenting sonatas by Scarlatti and Bach.
The City Lit is a marvellous adult education facility in London, with very high standards of tuition across many disciplines, and a friendly atmosphere.
|Posted on September 6, 2013 at 7:13 PM||comments (0)|
August 2013, 2014 and 2015
CoMA (CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ASSOCIATION) SUMMER SCHOOLS
at DONCASTER COLLEGE CAMPUS in HIGH MELTON, YORKSHIRE
These summer schools are unmissable for any musician interested in contemporary music. High quality tuition with friendly tutors, interesting conversations over meals, the chance to have my own compositions performed and recorded by instrumental ensembles, the opportunity to listen to new works by other contemporary composers, and so much more...I can't wait to go again next year!
July 28th to August 2nd 2013:
EPTA SUMMER SCHOOL at the ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY ARTS CENTRE
A residential course to refresh and inspire piano teachers led by the inspiring Lucinda Mackworth-Young. I had a great time with a group of friendly piano teachers and left with lots of ideas and insights for teaching, learning and performing music. Plus the added benefits of concerts given by professional musicians every evening in the Arts Centre, and attractive exhibitions of photography, textiles and ceramics.
|Posted on July 26, 2013 at 4:51 AM||comments (0)|
LIVE MUSIC EVENTS ATTENDED
JULY 2013 - the ROLLING STONES gig in Hyde Park and the DAVID BOWIE exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum.
MAY 2104 - SWAN LAKE ballet at the Wimbledon Theatre, presented by Matthew Bourne's company. I have never understood or enjoyed ballet, but was encouraged to see this, and am so glad I did - for the first time, ballet made sense to me and I was entranced!
JUNE 2015 - SOUNDSCAPES exhibition at the National Gallery - a very chilled out way to spend an hour, listening to contemporary music matched with beautiful paintings.
JULY 2105 - GYPSY starring the amazing Imelda Staunton, and also my fantastic horn teacher Laura Llewellyn Jones playing in the orchestra.