Around the Globe Music & Arts

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter October 2019

PRESS RELEASE

You are invited to
Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019 – 6th Annual Competition
PERFORMANCE OF PIANISTS OF ALL LEVELS AND AGE!

WHERE
The Study Society
Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA

WHEN
Saturday 23rd Nov 2019, 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday 24th Nov 2019, 1.30 PM – 6 PM

PROGRAMME

Saturday 23rd Nov 2019
Piano Classes for Junior, 10 -12 AM
Piano workshop with Marina Petrov, 12 AM – 1 PM
Lunch Break 1 – 2 PM
Piano Classes for Junior and Piano Advanced Piano Duets, 2 – 6 PM

Sunday 24th Nov 2019
Piano classes for Junior, Adult Advanced and Adult Learner, 1.30 – 5 PM
Masterclass presented by Lola Perrin, 5 – 6 PM
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* Please note that the organisers reserve the right to alter the programme schedule.

YAMAHA GRAND IS SPONSORED BY MARKSON PIANOS
www.marksonpianos.com

Saturday 23rd Nov 2019

‘Easing Tension in Performance’
Piano workshop with Marina Petrov

Marina Petrov will give additional comments to participants on different aspects of their performance concerning psychological, emotional or physical tensions, focusing on the mental process of playing as well as on various piano techniques and beyond.

Marina photo Marina is an award-winning classical pianist, piano educator, lecturer, occupational piano injury specialist and Managing Director and Co-founder of Around the Globe Music & Arts and AGPMF. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching junior and adult pianists, from beginners to highly advanced music professionals including classical, contemporary and jazz pianists. As a classically trained pianist, Marina has given over 300 piano performances including solo piano recitals since the age of 8 across the Balkan States, Eastern Europe and the UK.

More about Marina Petrov: www.marinapetrov.co.uk

Sunday 24th Nov 2019

‘Significantus’: Composer’s Response to Climate Breakdown – Masterclass presented by Lola Perrin

Lola Perrin will present a unique masterclass where she will discuss her Piano Suite IX Significantus, which is a piano and spoken word project inspired by writings about the climate change. Extracts from the work will be played by the composer.
“Currently the target set by the Paris Agreement to keep the temperature rise to under two degrees will not be met because the rate at which we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions is too slow. . .
I created Significantus, a keyboard conversation about climate change, because I want to stimulate more people to talk about how we can increase our ambition to deal with global warming…”

Lola Newsletter Lola is a composer and pianist who has published nine piano suites and has two CDs on general release. She founded ClimateKeys in which scores of pianists are performing with guest speakers to engage audiences in talking about climate change across the world. She has performed extensively in the UK, in Europe and in the USA and her works for solo and multiple pianos are performed by concert pianists internationally. She works in live performance with a range of collaborators including authors, filmmakers and economists, scientists and other researchers.

More about Lola Perrin: www.lolaperrin.com

NOTES TO PARTICIPANTS:

You may apply online at
www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_apply.php
OR
By post sending a completed entry along with a cheque to:
AGPMF, 11 Fermor Way, Crowborough, East Sussex, TN6 3BD
Postal entry forms are available from AGPMF 2019 Brochure (p.19)
and online here.

PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS
THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER 2019!

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AUDIENCE WELCOME!
Book your tickets in advance via email agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com

Single ticket £15 – WHOLE DAY including WORKSHOP or MASTERCLASS!

Single ticket (40% Discount) £9 available to:
AGMA Members
Parents of the Participants
Piano Teachers of the Participants
CHILDREN UNDER 12 – FREE!

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter September 2019

We are happy to inform you that updated

AGPMF SYLLABUS 2019
is now available online for Junior and Adult piano categories including Adult Advanced and Adult Piano Learners.

There are wide range of classes to choose from for all level pianists.
The syllabus includes many different music styles, especially of modern music in SET PIECES in the WORLDWIDE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC and JAZZ piano.

In addition, through our syllabus we are endorsing great new books of composers of contemporary classical and jazz piano styles from the UK and other parts of Europe.

For more in-depth on our updated syllabus programme go to:
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_syllabus.php
OR download AGPMF 2019 brochure
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/downloads/agpmf_syllabus_2019.pdf

slika 1Popular scores for Intermediate levels for solo piano for both, Junior pianists and Adult Piano Learners categories include Hausmuzik and Music Map of Serbia by Vera Milanković and Hey Presto! by Marcel Zidani.

For Duets for 4 hands look into Snapchats and for solo piano Early Advanced,
consider No Words Necessary, both written by Melanie Spanswick.

For more info on where to purchase these books and/or listen to samples:
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_download.php

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Modern polyphonic styles are represented in The Little Polyphonic Book by Nailia Galiamova (grade 5 – 7) and the new Russian piano music style Inspirism, found in Piano Pieces by Vladimir Titov for players grade 7 and above.

slika 3 For Advanced pianist category there is a large selection of pieces to choose from the following opuses (any combination):
Significantus, Piano Suite 9 (Lola Perrin); Vignettes, piano pieces (Lindsey Berwin); Through the Looking Glass, Piano Suite Op. 8,(Vladimir Titov) and Presto, from the Impromptu piano suite (Ivan Brkljačić).

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For jazz styles we are introducing new books by Tim Richards including Blues, Boogie and Gospel Collection and Latin and Modern Collection suitable for various levels.

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You can also enjoy popular favourites from Solo Collection and Jazz Piano Studies 1 by John Kember.

 

 

 

 

Read more about these composers and their works in our Around the Globe Music Magazine 2019.

Download: http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/downloads/agpmf_magazine_2019.pdf

 

* PLEASE NOTE THAT AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED IN OUR PRINTED PUBLICATIONS: COMPOSER’S NAME IS NAILIA GALIAMOVA;
ENSEMBLE NAME IS THE DARINA PIANO DUO AND NOT AS SHOWN IN
Around the Globe Music Magazine 2019 (p. 8, 9, 37); Brochure AGPMF 2019 (p. 8, 13).

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter August 2019

We are pleased to announce that
Around the Globe Music Magazine Volume 2; Summer 2019                          (including brochure of the revised AGPMF Syllabus 2019)

cover photo

will be on sale at the following music shops in London:

Kensington Chimes SW7 and
Schott Music
and
Free online
at our website http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/

Printed copy can be ordered on request by emailing us: agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com
cover for newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGPMF 2019 – 6th Annual Competition for Pianists of All Levels and Age!

Updates to AGPMF Programme 2019

Saturday 23rd Nov 2019, from 10am – 6pm
Piano competition for Junior and Adult Advanced Categories
&
12pm Piano workshop with Marina Petrov
Easing Tension in Performance

AGPMF juror, pianist and tutor Marina Petrov will give additional comments to participants on different aspects of their performance including psychological, mental, emotional or physical tensions. She will present various techniques to each pianist on how to improve their public performances and enhance their enjoyment whilst playing.

More about Mrs Petrov’s profile: www.marinapetrov.co.uk
More about on Advice for Pianists on Healthy Piano Techniques: http://www.marinapetrov.co.uk/advice_for_pianists.php

Marina sa studentima

 

 

Marina with her students after the Students’ Piano Recital at Jaques Samuels, London.

 

 

 


Sunday 24th Nov 2019, from 2pm – 6pm
Piano competition for Junior, Adult Advanced and Adult Learners Categories
&
5pm Masterclass presented by Lola Perrin
Significantus – a Composer’s Response to Climate Breakdown

Pianist and composer Lola Perrin presents a unique masterclass where she will discuss her Piano Suite IX Significantus, with insights into her thematic inspiration, methodology and the compositional challenges in communicating our existential threat. Extracts from the work will be played by the composer.

More about Lola Perrin http://www.lolaperrin.com

Lola Newsletter
“The single most powerful thing an individual can do about
climate change is to talk about it.” (George Marshall)
Significantus is a piano and spoken word project created by Lola Perrin.
Her latest piano suite, inspired by writings about climate change, is performed in collaboration with expert guest speakers (economists, lawyers, scientists, artists and other thinkers) and also features a conversation with the audience.

SignificantusCOMPOSER STATEMENT

“Currently the target set by the Paris Agreement to keep the temperature rise to under two degrees will not be met because the rate at which we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions is too slow.

I created Significantus, a keyboard conversation about climate change, because I want to stimulate more people to talk about how we can increase our ambition to deal with global warming…”

 

More info: http://www.significantus.com/

Listen: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOXvfZVDN8NHk32uxfnFruQTA2sRvWywO

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter July 2019

Diary of Forthcoming Event

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019
The 6th piano competition

Saturday 23 November 2019
10am – 6pm
Sunday 24 November 2019
2 – 6pm

LOCATION
The Study Society
Colet House
151 Talgarth Road
London W14 9DA

We are pleased to announce that this year our exciting AGPMF 2019 will consist of the piano competition for junior and adult pianists
as well as innovative additions such as workshops and masterclasses.

We will update you with further information and the syllabus later this summer.

New Piano Books from Melanie Spanswick

SnapchatsSnapchats are intended for students from late beginner standard to approximately Grade 4 (ABRSM level). There are 19 duets (four hands at one keyboard) and 4 trios (six hands at one keyboard) in this volume, and they are short, succinct pieces for those who want to explore the art of ensemble playing or simply improve sight-reading skills.
Broadly minimalist in style, these pieces are between 8 and 16 bars in length and they offer a wide selection of moods from expressive atmospheric works . . . Both duets and trios become progressively more difficult throughout the book. I wrote and use these duets and trios as the basis for my sight-reading classes . . .
You might choose to play Snapchats for fun with friends or perform them in a more formal setting at a music festival or recital, and I hope they offer a special and enjoyable experience.

You can purchase the score, here:
https://80dayspublishing.com/featured/snapchats-by-melanie-spanswick-9crmd

Play it againPlay it again: PIANO is a three-book piano course intended for those returning to the instrument after a break, or those who desire a graded, progressive piano course. Every piece in this series is accompanied by at least two full pages of easy-to-understand practice tips. There are more comprehensive Piano Technique and Theory/Warm-up sections at the front and back of each book, so you can also delve deeper for a fuller understanding of music and technique.
Book 3 consists of 11 piano pieces, the majority of which are drawn from standard repertoire (with emphasis on pedagogical works and those suitable for exams). Each piece contains up to 12 pages of practice ideas and tips, as well as many musical examples, diagrams and photographs. The layout is very similar to that of Book 1 and 2 . . .
As Book 3 is a much more advanced level than that of Book 1 and 2, the repertoire is classical and the book is geared towards those who want, or are possibly considering, taking post Grade 8 exams. It’s possible to create a suitable post grade 8 diploma (ARSM/DipLCM) or Associate Diploma (DipABRSM, ATCL, ALCM) programme entirely from this book.

You can purchase this book, here:
https://en.schott-music.com/play-it-again-piano/
or on Amazon, here:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Play-again-perfect-rediscover-ED14017/dp/B07Q8Q6QHF

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter June 2019

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019 presents:
Contemporary Composers and Their Works:
Piano Advanced Level
Lindsey Berwin

Lindseyberwin.com
LindseyLindsey Berwin is a pianist, teacher and composer, and over the last 25 years she and her pupils have won many prizes in the EPTA annual Composers’ Competition. She has recently been given the job of updating the EPTA Composers Competition, together with fellow British composer Alison Mathews. As well as presenting regional workshops, they will be producing resource sheets for teachers which will cover how to introduce composition into lessons.

Lindsey has music published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd, EVC Music and Spartan Press, and pieces from her suite All the Fun of The Fair were featured on the 2018 Around the Globe Piano Music Festival’s repertoire lists.

VignettesVIGNETTES is a varied collection of pieces suitable for advanced pianists, ranging from around Grade 8 upwards. Each has its own distinct style and sound world, whilst always seeking to consolidate the performer’s technique and musicality. It consists of 7 pieces: Enigma conjures up a somewhat mystifying and unsettled atmosphere; Etudes – No 1 C minor and No 2 B minor; Introspection; Toccata and Fugue in G minor; Tunnel Vision using dissonance and chromaticism this piece depicts a painful emotional journey and lastly, Chromatic Fantasy.

 

Listen to extracts:
https://soundcloud.com/lindsey-berwin/sets/vignettes-extracts

Buy at Spartan Press:
http://www.spartanpress.co.uk/spweb/details.php?catno=SP1414

 

Ivan Brkljačić

www.ivanbrkljacic.com

Ivan BrkljacicDr Ivan Brkljačić was born in 1977 in Belgrade, Serbia. Graduating in 2001 from the Faculty of Music, Department of Composition and Orchestration under Professor Srđan Hofman, he later obtained a master’s degree in composition at the same faculty in 2005, in the class of Professor Zoran Erić.

Furthermore, he successfully completed his doctorate art project entitled ‘Istar’ – the Cycle of Nascent Music Caricatures for Performing in a Theatre Scenery (2012), mentored by Prof. Srdjan Hofman.
He has been commissioned to create many pieces of work for the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the choir Collegium Musicum, the European project MUSMA as well as BEMUS and BELEF festivals, which music have been performed at most prestigious music venues in Belgrade and around Serbia. He has also composed music for numerous theatre plays including the film music for the feature Serbian movie Redemption Street (‘Ustanička Ulica’), directed by Miroslav Terzić.

Ivan Brkljačić compositions have been performed worldwide in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Canada, Sweden, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Poland, Germany, Croatia, F.Y.R. Macedonia, France, England, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Japan and Hong Kong. In 2010 the composition Jinx, was performed by Australian Modern Music Ensemble, conducted by Daryl Pratt, which opened The New Music Days in Sydney, Australia. He cooperated with many international ensembles such as Ostravská Banda from the Czech Republic, Blindman from Belgium, L’Ensemble Portmanto from Canada.
From 1999 he was employed as a teacher with an expertise in the Music Form Analysis at the Stevan Mokranjac specialist secondary music school in Belgrade and from 2005 he has been working at the Belgrade University, Faculty of Music at the Music Theory Department. Furthermore, he acted as the artistic selector of the programme for the 16th-24th International Review of Composers from 2007 till 2015.

Presto IvanPRESTO Originally, this piano piece was written as the final movement of the piano suite IMPROMTU. After almost twenty years, renowned Serbian pianist Vladimir Gligorić rediscovered this impressive work and included it in his regular repertoire, resulting in a studio recording released as a CD. From that moment on, the movements of the suite gained a new energy and confirmed its ability to be independently performed as individual piece.
Pianist Gligorić says about this piece, among other things: “Presto, like a perpetuum mobile, is a devastating outburst, similar to the finale of the Seventh Piano Sonata by Sergei Prokofiev. It is characterised by discontinuous melodic lines and the repetition of motifs, never symmetrical and almost always abbreviated, with unexpected accents in the irregular metrics causing excitement in the listener.”

Listen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06h60eR_sZI

To obtain the music score FREE of charge, contact AGMA via agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter May 2019 / part 3

Trio ponovoPerformers:

Alla Kravchuk, soprano

Marina Petrov, piano

Miloš Milivojević, accordion

 

More about the programme visit our FB page:

www.facebook.com/events/1073140916207171/

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019 presents:
Contemporary Piano Composers
Jazz for Various Levels
Tim Richards Tim Richards

www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk/

As a child Tim Richards received classical piano lessons with the inspirational EPTA founder Carola Grindea. Later on, he taught himself jazz and blues, inspired by his father’s collection of 78 records by Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong. He has been a presence on the jazz scene since the early 1980s, touring throughout Europe and the UK with his bands ‘Spirit Level’, ‘Great Spirit’ and the ‘Tim Richards Trio’, and recording over a dozen albums featuring line-ups from duo to nine-piece.

His 1997 Schott publication ‘Improvising Blues Piano’ has been widely acclaimed as setting a new standard in music education. The sequels ‘Exploring Jazz Piano’ and ‘Exploring Latin Piano’ have established him as one of the UK’s foremost jazz educators. Tim also works for ABRSM as a jazz examiner, contributing pieces to their jazz piano syllabus and teaching short courses for classical piano teachers. He currently teaches jazz piano privately, and at Morley College and The City Lit in London.

Book Tim BluesBlues, Boogie and Gospel Collection – 15 pieces for solo piano

From the best-selling author of Improvising Blues Piano, Exploring Jazz Piano and Exploring Latin Piano comes a collection of repertoires for solo piano. The collection is ideal for pianists looking to explore these styles in more depth. Chord symbols are provided for each tune to aid improvisation and the book comes with a recording of all the pieces, played by Tim. Each piece is accompanied by notes on interpretation, technique, theory and performance. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players.
With CD – Schott Edition ED 13895
“A really informative and great fun book showing students how to explore these ever-popular styles.”
EPTA Piano Journal
“An instant classic… deeply felt, expertly realised and above all authentic pieces. Proves itself not simply as the best “jazz piano” publication of the year, but probably the best of the decade so far.”
Pianodao

Book Tim JazzJazz, Latin and Modern Collection – 15 pieces for solo piano

Spanning an eclectic range of styles including bebop, modal, swing, blues, funk, calypso, samba and bossa, several pieces also blur the boundary between jazz and classical music. The collection is aimed at pianists looking to expand their musical horizons. 13 original pieces, plus arrangements of two standards by iconic jazz composers Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players.
“The pieces throughout this collection are uniformly excellent, brilliantly encapsulating their various styles. This is outstanding material, and another reminder that if there is such a thing as a ‘gift of teaching’, Tim has it in spades. Everything about the book positively screams quality! Tim has once again delivered an ace.”
Pianodao

With downloadable audio files – Schott Edition ED 13970

Listen to these at www.schott-music.com/tim-richards
You can buy these books online http://www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk/
and on other reputable websites and music shops in the UK.

 

LindseyLindsey Berwin

lindseyberwin.com/

Lindsey Berwin is a British piano composer and teacher.
She studied at The Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a degree in music and a piano teaching diploma. After obtaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and teaching classroom music for two years, she decided to refocus her attention on piano teaching. Since then she has amassed some thirty-five years of experience, with a thriving teaching practice both at home in Leeds and at the schools of the Wakefield Grammar School Foundation.
Lindsey has become well-known for her innovative and enjoyable approaches to improving key skills, as well as her passion for composition. She and her pupils regularly win prizes in the annual European Piano Teachers Composers’ Competition.
Lindsey is the composer of FunKey! a series of books designed to improve piano students’ sight-reading skills using jazz-based material, and Jazz Keys, its counterpart for the flute. She also published All the Fun of the Fun Fair, which is a contemporary classical piano suite suitable for Intermediate to Advanced level. Her most recent published works include Jazzagility! as well as Vignettes for highly advanced pianists.

Book Jazzagility LinJAZZAGILITY! The book is a brand-new and unique series, designed to develop piano students’ technique using fun material. The pieces are in a variety of jazz-based styles, notably Latin, swing and rock, and, in the first three levels, are enhanced by teacher duets. The series consists of two volumes: Book 1 (levels 1-3), and Book 2 (levels 4 and 5). The first begins with short easy pieces which focus on wrist relaxation, hand position and tone production. The material then systematically introduces such elements as use of forearm weight, independence of fingers, lateral thumb movement, support of the fourth and fifth fingers and direct pedalling. Book 2 builds upon the foundations formed in the previous levels, and students now move around the keys, encountering octave leaps, arpeggio preparation and crossing hands. In addition, they will acquire other important technical skills such as balancing melody and accompaniment, voicing chords and legato pedalling. You can buy these books online at: Spartanpress Amazondsey JAZZAGILITY!

The book is a brand-new and unique series, designed to develop piano students’ technique using fun material. The pieces are in a variety of jazz-based styles, notably Latin, swing and rock, and, in the first three levels, are enhanced by teacher duets.
The series consists of two volumes: Book 1 (levels 1-3), and Book 2 (levels 4 and 5). The first begins with short easy pieces which focus on wrist relaxation, hand position and tone production. The material then systematically introduces such elements as use of forearm weight, independence of fingers, lateral thumb movement, support of the fourth and fifth fingers and direct pedalling.
Book 2 builds upon the foundations formed in the previous levels, and students now move around the keys, encountering octave leaps, arpeggio preparation and crossing hands. In addition, they will acquire other important technical skills such as balancing melody and accompaniment, voicing chords and legato pedalling.

You can buy these books online at:
Spartanpress
Amazon

Newsletter May 2019 / part 2

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2019 presents
Contemporary Piano Composers and Their Works: Early Piano Levels

Zidani Marcel Zidani
www.marcelzidani.com

Marcel Zidani is a pianist and composer from UK.
In June 2017 Marcel won 2nd prize in the European Piano Teachers Composer Competition for his composition for piano – ‘The Clock’ and in 2015 the famous pianist Leslie Howard nominated Marcel’s composition ‘Butterflies’ for the British Composer Awards, describing the music from his Life Cycle CD as, ‘an excellent piece, beautifully written for the piano’.
Marcels music is played quite frequently heard on radio stations including BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester, Radio Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and more. He has performed extensively at music festivals throughout the UK, as well as giving concerts locally and in the Midlands. In May 2018 Marcel performed and recorded his compositions live at Hay Festival in conjunction with BBC Hereford and Worcester.
Presenting the show Andrew Marston said ‘Outstanding, complex and beautiful – simply put, the most incredible piano player I’ve ever seen’.

Marcel is the author of ‘Hey Presto’ a unique and fully comprehensive, piano method for older beginners and adults, that focuses on the use of the sustain pedal to achieve a rewarding sound straight away.
You can listen to Marcel’s recordings, read reviews and view performances on his website and on YouTube.
All educational material is also available on Marcel’s website above.

Hey Presto!
Piano Method for Beginners aged 11 upwards and Adults

Hey Presto

The beauty of the music speaks for itself and is hugely appealing for children and adults. This Method is perfect for those aged 11 upwards and adult beginners. Hey Presto! is unique in that it teaches the use of pedal from the very first lesson which helps to create an exquisite and engaging sound with immediate effect… Gradually pedal markings are introduced as the harmony and notation becomes more complex. The book also contains pieces that are written to be played without pedal and an emphasis on legato playing throughout.

All the pieces in the book are original compositions composed by Marcel, you will find there are many different styles of music covered including Classical, Easy Listening, Folk Music, Jazz, Improvisation and Popular. Marcel created this book to appeal to those who like the sound of beautiful music and with the aim of inspiring and motivating, particularly teenagers, to enjoy their practice. The book is complete with piano pedagogy for complete musical and technical development including legato technique, wrist and hand flexibility, injury prevention, sustain pedal and much more.

This book is the only beginner book you will need, there is no book 2! You will really be set you up for a lifetime of enjoyment at the piano, as this book comes complete with YouTube and audio support.
Beginner to near grade 2 level method book. You can buy Hey Presto! on the website below and on Amazon:
https://www.marcelzidani.com/hey-presto-piano-method
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Presto-Adult-Method-Beginners Upwards/dp/B06XPLP14G/

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Galiamova Nailia Galiamova

Nailia Galiamova is a composer, lecturer and teacher living in Lithuania.
Nailia graduated from the Moscow State P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 1984 with highest honours. She studied composition with Albert Leman, who was also the teacher of Sofia Gubaidulina. In 1987 Mrs. Galiamova moved to Lithuania, where she now actively collaborates with both soloists and orchestras. Her works or arrangements have been performed by the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra amongst others. She also teaches composition, arrangement, polyphony, and music analysis at the National Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis School of Arts in Vilnius. Her past students include renowned Lithuanian composers Gediminas Gelgotas, Justė Janulytė, Albertas Navickas, Titas Petrikis, and Rūta Vitkauskaitė.
Mrs Galiamova has written several large-scale instrumental compositions; recently however she has concentrated on creating piano music for children. Her usual practice is to choose traditional genres, moderate stylistics (displaying features of neo-classicism and minimalism) and tonal harmonic language.

The Little Polyphonic Book
Galiamova book A cycle of pieces for solo piano ‘The Little Polyphonic Book’ was written in 2003 as a helpful supplement for lessons in polyphony, but with the help of the project ‘Children’s Pieces by Lithuanian Composers’ it was immediately included into the piano education program. In 2015 it was published by the Lithuanian Music Information Centre.

The cycle consists of 6 pieces:
Snowflakes Beyond the Window and in the Eyes of Toma the Teddy Bear / imitation
Your Turn to Catch / canon
Two Quarrelling Cyborgs/ two-part fughetta
Three Japanese Dolls Greeting/ the black-key three-part fughetta
How the Honey Cakes Disappear/ basso ostinato,
Lullaby/ ostinato

The program of the cycle depicts a typical day in a child’s life. This helps pupils easily understand common polyphonic techniques, forms, genres, and terminology disguised as familiar images, emotions, and games. Each piece has an additional subtitle which discloses the polyphonic method. As well as the purely pianistic tasks the cycle helps students to learn polyphonic texture and to develop the ability to hear in the language full of dissonance and previously unknown musical modes, the 12-tone row. This also helps to improve coordination and imagination.
In 2018 the cycle was selected as one of the recommended works of the festival ‘Music of the Century’ and thus was discovered by piano teachers and young pianists beyond Lithuania such as the piano festival held in Costa Rica.

To listen to some of the pieces:
https://www.mic.lt/en/database/classical/composers/galiamova/
https://youtu.be/y97TlmHCClA

To purchase The Little Polyphonic Book, go to:
https://www.mic.lt/en/database/classical/published-scores/2116/
https://www.mic.lt/en/database/classical/published-scores/1359

May Newsletter 2019

Around the Globe Concert Series
May 2019

NEW SOUNDS & CLASSICS

Monday, 13th May 2019
19.30 – 21.00 BST
LOCATION
WSM
Clarendon Muse
70 Rickmansworth Road
Watford, WD18 7JA

Friday, 31st May 2019
19.30 – 21.30 BST
LOCATION
St John’s Church
Waterloo Road
London SE1 8TY

The concert embraces a Ukrainian, Serbian, English and Russian classical and modern repertoire performed by award winning artists including opera singer Alla Kravchuk (soprano), Marina Petrov (piano) and Milos Milivojević (accordion). They will take you on a journey from Tchaikovsky and Quilter to Prokofiev’s beautiful songs, towards the lesser known works of composers such as Stepovy, Vlasov, Babić, Milanković and Schnittke. It is an exciting opportunity to hear a variety of ensembles with unique arrangements for voice, piano and accordion, as well as rarely performed vocal works and solo instrumentals from these esteemed musicians.

More about musicians:

Kravchuk Alla Kravchuk is an internationally acclaimed opera and concert singer and is now also an established singing teacher based in St Albans.
She was a prize winner at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod, the Grimsby International Singers competition and was part of the winning production at the Moscow Golden Mask festival. In 2001 she became the principal lyric soprano of the Hanover Opera Company, Germany. During her ten years with the company, Allan sang a variety of roles including Pamina, Susanna, Cleopatra, Mimi, Michaela, Antonia, Despina, Nedda, Hanna Glavary, Ilia, Liu and Euridice as well as the title role in Debussy’s ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’.
She has completed numerous recordings including a new song cycle ‘Einzige Tage’ by the English composer Francis Pott, which was awarded ‘recording of the month’ by MusicWeb – international website.

More about Alla –  www.allakravchuk.com

Marina Jury Marina Petrov is an award-winning classical pianist, educator, lecturer and writer who has been living in London for the last thirty years.
As a child prodigy since the age of 8 Marina has won many national piano competitions and festivals for young pianists in former Yugoslavia that followed by tours, media appearances including TV and Radio Belgrade shows.  During her long-standing pianistic career, she has played many recitals and hundreds of performances in prestigious concert halls around the UK, Balkan States and Eastern European countries.
Further to her performing and teaching career, the versatile Mrs Petrov is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Around the Globe Music & Arts and AGPMF Piano Competition as well as Executive Editor of Around the Globe Music Magazine. Marina’s talents are renowned in the British press including The Times and she is listed in International Who’s Who in Music since 1992 and British and International Music Yearbook (1996).

More about Marina http://www.marinapetrov.co.uk/
www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_jury.php

Milos Milivojevic Miloš Milivojević is an award-winning classical accordionist.
Serbian born Milivojević has been described as “A hurricane of imaginative invention” by Hilary Finch, The Times. His versatility as a musician performing different genres including classical, tango and world music.
Miloš has studied at Royal Academy of Music with Professor Owen Murray and in 2007 became the first accordionist ever to win the RAM Club Prize. He is a first prize winner at International Competitions in Germany (Klingental), France (Grand Prix), Italy (Castelfidardo) and Denmark (Diremose Prisen). has given numerous live broadcasts on BBC Radio, Classic FM, ABC and the Serbian National Radio and television networks. His playing is featured on the Bollywood movie ‘Barfi’ and he has performed tango live in front of millions on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing TV programme.

More about Miloš – milosmilivojevic.com/site/

TICKET INFORMATION

Single £20
Advanced tickets via EVENTBRITE £18
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/around-the-globe-concert-series-new-sounds-and-classics-tickets-58072431205?utm_term=eventurl_text
Concessions £15
AGMA members £12
Students £5 (ID required)

All tickets are available via our website:
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/contact_us.php
or bought at the door 30 minutes before the concert.

AGPMF WINNERS PIANO RECITAL

Saturday, 18 May 2019
19:00 – 21:00 BST
LOCATION
St Mary Magdalene Church
Munster Square
London
NW1 3PT

An exciting opportunity to hear the talented pianists of all ages and levels, who were winners of the Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2018. The varied programme will include both the piano works of contemporary classical composers as well as the standard classical repertoire. The outstanding Darina Piano Duo (professional pianists Alla Levitt and Antonina Koleva-Lax) will perform works by Lindsey Berwin, Melanie Spanswick and Aleksandar Vujić.

Darina Duo THE DARINA PIANO DUO
The piano duo was established by pianists Antonina Koleva-Lax and Alla Levit-Anderson in 2014 and have performed in London, York and Durham. Its extensive repertoire includes Russian, English, German, French and Balkan composers, notably Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bizet, Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Arensky, Stravinsky, Gavrilin and Vujić. The Darina Duo founded the successful concert series Russian Seasons in Paris. English Contemporary composers such as Graham Lynch, Melanie Spanswick, Heather Hammond, Lindsey Berwin have composed music especially for Alla and Antonina.
The forthcoming recitals in 2019 will be held at the Durham Cathedral as well as in York and London.

More about the Darina Piano Duo -http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/newsletter/november-newsletter-2018/

TO ALL PARTICIPANTS OF THE WIINERS RECITAL:

Please note that rehearsal time on the day of the recital will be from 6 pm.

TICKET INFORMATION
Single £10
Concessions £8
AGMA members £6
Students £5 (ID required)
Single tickets can be booked via Eventbrite.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/around-the-globe-concert-series-winners-piano-recital-tickets-59661592429?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

All tickets are available via our website:
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/contact_us.php
or bought at the door 30 minutes before the concert

April Newsletter 2019

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival
Featured contemporary composers and their piano works 2019

Photo MelanieMelanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, composer and adjudicator. She has adjudicated at the Around the Globe Piano Festival for the past two years, and her piano compositions are also featured on the Festival’s repertoire lists.

www.melaniespanswick.com

No Words Necessary is a selection of twelve piano pieces for intermediate level, or for students of approximately Grades 3 – 6 standards (of ABRSM, Trinity College London or London College of Music exams). The titles are as follows: Lost in Thought; Inflections; Voices in My Head; Pendulum; Phantom Whisperer; Dancing Through the Daffodils; Walking in the Woods; Beneath; China Doll; Balletic; Tinged with Sadness and Spiralling. The pieces are characteristically tonal, with a nod to Minimalism. The title, No Words Necessary, was inspired by German poet and writer Heinrich Heine (1797 – 1856):

‘Where words leave off, music speaks’

No Words book “I wrote the pieces last year during my stay in Hong Kong, working as an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival. Adjudicating is a demanding job, but I frequently enjoyed unusually long lunch breaks of around an hour and a half in length. Adjudicating sessions often took place in splendid theatres with lovely well-tuned grand pianos, so I decided to put this time to good use. Within a few weeks I had written all twelve, albeit scribbled on manuscript paper as opposed to using my Sibelius software!”
Recorded at Moreton Hall School in Shropshire, and at Jaques Samuel pianos in London at the beginning of August, you can hear each piece by clicking here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ2l39NlkoE&list=PLAuWQlPgyxlT6Yv04zEek66W2xPtCMEJI

The book can be purchased as a hard copy or digital download (either the complete book or each piece separately), here:
https://en.schott-music.com/shop/no-words-necessary-no376136.html

 

Titov Vladimir Titov is a pianist, composer and a winner of many international competitions for compositions. His piano works are again included in this years’ festival repertoire. He is joined with his partner Svetlana Titova, a musicologist, composer and a laurate of international competitions for compositions. They are the founders of INSPIRISM, a new style in academic music for the 21st century.

http://vladimirtitov.name/

“The notion ‘Inspirism’ contains numerous overtones and tints which, one way or another, are harmoniously united. One can recall cognate and semantically accordant words “spirit” (soul, mood), ‘to inspirit’ (to inspire, to animate), ‘inspiring’ (invigorating, incentive, spirit-turning), and finally “to enspirit” (to animate, to enliven). Therefore, the esthetic message of the style is a transmission of positive attitude towards the world associated with inspiration, animation, enthusiasm, love for life and striving for the true Design of the Creator experience…. One of the main ideas of ‘Inspirism’ in our understanding, is the true reflection of ‘the beautiful’ category within the creativity, which corresponds to the genuine purpose of all arts, including music.
INSPIRISM IS ONE OF THE POSSIBLE WAYS TOWARDS “ENSPIRING” AND RENAISSANCE OF MUSIC AS HIGH ART!”

vladimir_titov_piano_pieces Link to videos:
http://vladimirtitov.name/video/
Link to audios:
http://vladimirtitov.name/audio/
Link to scores:
https://vladimirtitov.musicaneo.com/sheetmusic/
For printed edition of Titov’s piano scores go to:
https://musiclibr.ru/library/titov-v-piano-pieces

 

JUST GIVING

In order to expand the exciting sixth annual Around the Globe Piano Festival 2019 programme to include workshops, masterclasses and seminars we have started a Crowd Funding Just Giving page.

We would really appreciate if you could share this page
with friends and family.

Thank you!
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/agma

March Newsletter 2019

Spring/Summer Events 2019

Networking Event
Sunday 3rd March 2019, from 4.30pm – 7pm

At the Understudy,
National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX
https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/your-visit/food-and-drink/the-understudy

Great first-time occasion to meet the AGMA team in a relaxed atmosphere at this friendly National Theatre Bar overlooking the Thames. This a chance to learn more about AGMA’s past and future projects, to talk with other musicians and meet supporters of the exciting AGMA programme.

AGPMF Winners Piano Recital
Saturday 18th May 2019 at 7 PM

St Mary Magdalene Church,
Munster Square, London NW1 3PT

Splendid opportunity to hear Around the Globe Piano Music Festival winning pianists at this prestigious venue playing on the exquisite Bösendorfer Grand, sponsored by Markson Pianos.

Announcement to all AGPMF winners!

To participate in the piano recital, you need to apply no later than 28th April 2019 via email at: agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com

* Please note that the style of your pieces should relate to your category/piano class that you won at the piano festival in 2018. In addition, your entry needs to be supported by your piano teacher/mentor unless an independent artist.

Around the Globe Concert Series:

New Sounds and Classics
Friday 31st May 2019 at 7.30 PM

St John’s Church, Waterloo
Waterloo Road, London SE1 8TY

The concert embraces a Ukrainian, Serbian, English and Russian classical and modern repertoire performed by award winning artists Alla Kravchuk (soprano), Marina Petrov (pianist) and Milos Milivjojevic (accordion). They will take you on a journey from Tchaikovsky and Quilter to Prokofiev’s beautiful songs, towards the lesser known works of composers such as Stepovy, Vlasov, Babić, Milanković and Schnittke. It will be an exciting opportunity to hear ensembles with unique arrangements for voice, piano and accordion, as well as rarely performed vocal works and solo instrumentals from these esteemed musicians.

More info about performers:

Alla Kravchuk (soprano) www.allakravchuk.com

Marina Petrov (piano) www.marinapetrov.co.uk

Milos Milivjojević (accordion) milosmilivojevic.com/site/

Around the Globe Music Magazine
Summer 2019 Vol.2 No.1

We are getting ready for our next exciting music magazine with many interesting articles on a range of subjects, including the new works of many contemporary composers.
Please note that if you wish to propose articles and blogs the
DEADLINE for contributions as well as advertisements,
is 31st March 2019.