Around the Globe Music & Arts

September Newsletter 2018

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LP Duo: New Classics & Beyond for 2 Hybrid Pianos Concert
Artists: Sonja Loncar, piano & Andrija Pavlovic, piano

Date and time
On Wednesday, 3rd October, 20:00 – 22:00 BST

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

Co-production with Around the Globe Music & Arts and 8010

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Description
Classical Elegance, Jazz Freedom, Rock’n’Roll Power
Carnegie Hall, 2014.

After their debut at Carnegie Hall in New York, LP Duo (Sonja Loncar & Andrija Pavlovic) are coming to London to present specially designed hybrid pianos (UK premiere).These instruments came as a result of a collaboration between LP Duo and quantum physicists from Oxford and Singapore. Hybrids are connecting acoustic pianos with retro-synthesizers and sounds from the quantum laboratories. Music by Adams, Helweg, Perrin, Raickovich, Bozicevic, Meijering and Correa will drive you through the journey of XXI century music where the borders between chamber ensemble and rock band are being erased.

www.lpduo.com

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

Programme
LOLA PERRIN – Yellow
JOHN ADAMS – Hallelujah Junction
WIM MERTENS – Quattre Mains
CHIEL MEIJERING – Rondo & A Still Autumn Day
KIM HELWEG – American Fantasy
ANTONIO CORREA – Mr. McArthur
MILOS RAICKOVICH – Duet Without You
IVAN BOZICEVIC – Spring Passes & Sustainable Development
LP DUO – Ostinato for Leonid Sejka

Tickets
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TICKETS WITH AGMA MEMBERSHIP DISCOUNT £12
STUDENTS £5 (ID required)

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Syllabus updates for Jazz Style Categories

We are happy to be expanding the number of piano classes within the jazz style categories as well as to introducing you to John Kember’s music and his jazz piano books both, for Junior and Adult pianists.

In addition to Jazz Piano Classes we have added the following:
SET PIECE (codes JJ03 & JJ04), DUET SET PIECE (code JJ05) in Junior and
SET PIECE (code AJ02) in Adult Advanced categories.

For more updates and full syllabus as well as to listen to set pieces visit our website:
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_syllabus.php

Junior Category – Jazz Piano Classes

Set Piece

For 12 years and under, Code JJ03
Happy Feet, No 1, from Solo Collection, J. Kember

For 16 years and under, Code JJ04
Romance, No 19, from Jazz Piano Studies 1, J. Kember

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Duet Set Piece (for 4 hands)

For 16 years and under, Code JJ05
Ragetty Waltz, No 3, from On the Lighter Side – 9 pieces for piano duet, J. Kember

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Adult (Advanced) Category – Jazz Piano Classes

Set Piece

Code AJ02
Summertime from The Jazz Piano Player – Autumn Leaves, J. Kember

24. John book photo Autumn leaves

These books should be available from good music shops or the two publishers (Schott and Faber Music). They are also available via www.johnkember.com.
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21. John Kember

John Kember
www.johnkember.com

Born in London, John studied at Trinity College of Music, London, firstly as a Junior Scholar then as a full-time student. Since then has enjoyed a full and varied career in both performing and academic spheres with activities ranging from teaching, composing and arranging to working as a pianist and conductor in concert halls, theatres and recording studios across the UK.

He currently has over 90 publications available with Faber Music and Schott Music in London, including many for the jazz pianist including his Jazz Studies and On the Lighter Side series, and more recently 2 new series for Faber Music – The Jazz Piano Player and the Pop Piano Player. Additional projects are published by Music Sales Ltd. For Schotts he has completed a 31-book series of Sight Reading books for all the orchestral instruments plus recorder and guitar with the last in the series published in 2015 alongside a collection of Christmas Duets for piano. He has collaborated with many distinguished musicians in both performance and publications including Jiggs Whigham the internationally acclaimed trombonist, and the baritones Alan Opie, Ben Luxom. Last year presented a series of songs at Trinity College, Cambridge with Alexander Armstrong, to an audience of alumni.

For many years he tutored students at the Kent Music Academy where his responsibilities are mainly for composition, jazz and conducting – representing his primary musical interests. He examined for the Associated Board from 1989 until 2005 and has recently adjudicated composition competitions including the current EPTA competition.

Syllabus updates for Adult Piano Learners

We are pleased to announce that we have established a new category Adult Piano Learners for amateur pianist of different levels including

Intermediate (codes AL01 & AL02),
Late Intermediate (codes AL03 & AL04) and
Early Advanced (codes AL05 & AL06).

There are FREE CHOICE and SET PIECES classes to choose from.
For more updates and full syllabus click here.

Set Pieces for Adult Piano Learners

INTERMEDIATE
Set Pieces (code AL02)
Any choice from:
*Karma, from Play It Again, Piano Book I, by Melanie Spanswick
*A Glimmer of Sunshine, (‘Зрачак Вири’), No 1, from Hausmuzik, by Vera Milanković
LATE INTERMEDIATE
Set Pieces (code AL04)
Any choice from:
*Seahorse Dream, from Play It Again, Piano Book 2, by Melanie Spanswick
*Serbian Love Song, (‘Болујем ja, болујеш ти’), No 7, from Hausmuzik, by Vera Milanković
EARLY ADVANCED
Set Pieces (code AL06)
Any choice from:
*Come back.., Op. 3, No 1 by Vladimir Titov
*The Pirate Ship, from All the Fun of the Fair, by Lindsey Berwin

Introduction to contemporary composers and their piano music

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Melanie Spanswick
www.melaniespanswick.com

Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, and composer. She graduated from the Royal College of Music with a Master’s degree in Performance Studies. As a composer, Melanie Spanswick has written many educational works for the piano. Her music focuses on various sound worlds and repetitive structures which are often associated with Minimalism.
Melanie recently selected the repertoire for the Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber Music) and her piano guidebook, So You Want to Play the Piano? (Alfred Music) has received much acclaim. Play it again: PIANO (Schott Music), a two-book piano course, was published during 2017. She is a regular contributor to Pianist magazine and Piano Professional (EPTA), and her piano compositions (EVC Music Publications Ltd.) have been featured on various syllabuses and in publications worldwide.

You can hear all Melanie’s compositions on her YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ClassicalMel

28. Melanie books for '18

To watch Melanie’s video tutorials, and buy your copy, click here or Via Amazon:
Book 1: click here
Book 2: click here
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Vera Milanković

Hausmuzik is a German term for concerts held in middle class salons in XIX century central Europe and likewise, in Serbia. Part of the usual repertoire were popular folk songs with piano accompaniment, but also arranged for piano solo, duos and trios………….

A Glimmer of Sunshine, (‘Зрачак Вири’), No1, is a song celebrating the downing of a new day; the first glimpse of sunshine and the first bird songs. In short, it is homage to this beautiful vision.
Serbian Love Song, (‘Болујем ja, болујеш ти’), No7, is a sad and romantic song about heartache, overwhelming love that sometimes can be so strong, that abandonment seems to be the only remedy.

You can download these piano scores for FREE from our website: www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_download.php
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Lindsey
Lindsey Berwin

Extracts from the article My Journey as a Composer by Lindsey Berwin

My journey as a composer began some thirty years ago, primarily in response to my pupils’ pedagogical needs and their requests for specific repertoire. Little could I have known then that I was embarking on a voyage which would blossom into a passion, providing me with a wonderful means of self-expression as a musician, and of self-discovery as a person……

The Pirate Ship
A bold introduction of chords built on 4ths sets the scene for this feisty musical picture. The swaggering character of pirates is then imitated by the use of tritone chords, chromatically rising and falling 3rds and descending broken octaves. A passage with a sturdy left-hand ostinato evokes the swinging movement of the ride, and after a return to the previous material, contrary motion octaves bring the music to a spirited end on a sfz Dm#7 chord.

LB Suite

You can purchase All the Fun of the Fair piano suite online here
To listen to the music go to https://soundcloud.com/lindsey-berwin/
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Vladimir Titov
http://vladimirtitov.name/

Extracts from the article Vladimir Titov Composer and Pianist
Prof. Alla Vinogradova-Cherniayeva

“The world of music is beautiful and inexhaustible… The journey there is endless and magical!” – is being the artistic credo of composer Vladimir Titov.
The expressive language and musical style of Vladimir Titov is a unique combination of romantic imagery, sophisticated and colourful sound palette of impressionism and spicy impulsive vibrations of jazz…….

The first encounter with Titov’s compositions suggests that the composer’s work is rooted in the emotional and imagery nature of the musical language, exposing various, often contrasting, conflicting or complimentary modes in his music………..

The miniature Come Back… from op.3, like a movie screen shot of a lonely and gloomy mode, is succeeded by a sketch Game of Sparkling Rain op.3, bursting with joy, delight and happiness.

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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

Syllabus Updates for Adult Advanced Pianists for AGPMF 2018

We would like to announce changes of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival syllabus for Adult (Advanced level) Categories and for Contemporary Piano Music Classes – Set Pieces.

Set Pieces for Piano Solo (AD01)
Choice of any combination of pieces:
-Solitude Self-Reflections for Piano by Branka Popović
-Through the Looking Glass, Piano Suite Op. 8 (8 Piano pieces) by Vladimir Titov
-After Hussein Chalayan, Piano Suite VII (5 piano pieces) by Lola Perrin
-Three Piano Pieces Op. 83 by Aleksandar Vujić

We are excited to introduce you to new composers in our programme for you to explore and enjoy a variety of different music styles.

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Prof. Branka Popović (1977, Belgrade) is a Serbian composer. She obtained her Master of Music Degree in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and finished her doctorate studies in composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.

Her pieces have been performed by many prominent music artists and presented at many prominent festivals devoted to contemporary classical music including the premier of her first chamber opera Petersburg in June 2012. In 2016/17, she was one of fifteen participants selected to take part in the CEEC Composers Fieldtrip to China. Her piece Stardust for viola and string orchestra was awarded 2nd prize at the London Music Society 2017 International Composer’s Competition.

Branka Popović is an assistant professor of composition at the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. Between 2010 and 2015 she was an associate of Radio Belgrade 3 and from 2015 she has been artistic director of International Review of Composers.

For a FREE copy of Solitude Self-Reflections for Piano contact the organiser via email: agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com.

To listen to the music go to: www.soundcloud.com/brankapopovic/solitude-self-reflections-for-piano

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Vladimir Titov began music education in his home town of Novokuibyshevsk in the Samara region of Russia, where he was born in 1984. In 2003 Titov graduated from Samara Music College with a major in piano performance. His compositions including solo piano, vocal and chamber music arrangements have been performed at competitions and festivals on a worldwide platform by young musicians as well as professional performers.

Since moving to Moscow in 2010, Titov continued his successful career as a pianist and composer including his work as a teacher and accompanist at the Gnessin State Music College and other educational establishments.

In addition to academic and jazz music concert performances, he won numerous competition and festival prizes including the IV regional Youth Jazz Festival ‘Playing Jazz with Garanyan’ (2011), Moscow State Festival ‘The Best City on the Earth’ (2014), Moscow Open Festival-Competition ‘Tutti-Jazz’ (2015), International Competition ‘The World of Creativity’ (2015) and IX International Competition ‘The Composer’ within the creative project “ADMIRALTY STAR” (2017).

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Titov’s music recordings are widely available on YouTube including Through the Looking Glass Op.8

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

You can order via email: mclph@yandex.ru

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Lola Perrin

“After writing the music for the live performance, I had one final process to go through. I extracted four narrative passages, in the style of radio news reports from the 190 tales.

The narrations were read aloud in between the piano pieces by the correspondent, Mihir Bose – whose voice I have admired from afar for many years. And so “Suite VII: Collection” was performed in the style of a live radio show.

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The narrations are at the back of this book. The complete tales, with John Kennedy’s The Sea of Names, are held in the Design Museum library.”

Page 1: London is a rhythm
Page 4: First memory
Page 6: The Sea of Names
Page 8: Across one hundred years
Page 9: The four narrations

First Edition, 2009
Printed by Lola Perrin, UK
Cover illustration by John Kennedy

Piano Suite VII: Collection

Listen:
https://soundcloud.com/lolaperrin/sets/piano-suite-vii-collection-lola-perrin

Buy book online from Spartan Press (downloads also available):
http://www.spartanpress.co.uk/spweb/details.php?catno=LP107

aleksandar_vujic

Prof. Aleksandar S. Vujić (1945- 2017), is a prominent Serbian composer who composed over 100 works. His compositional oeuvre comprises choral, chamber, symphonic works and instrumental music for piano, violin, cello as well as various ensembles.

His work has been recognized worldwide, by the US government by honouring him with the Zoltan Kodaly Award (1983) and by Israel with the State Order of Israel Award (1988). Furthermore, he won first and third prize at the International Robert Schumann Choral Competition in Zwickau (1995) as well as gold medals for choral composition at Busan, South Korea (2002) and the International Choir Competition in Budapest (2009). He was the founder, leader and conductor of Sinfonietta chamber orchestra and the Madrigal Choir of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. In addition, he was chief conductor of Djakon Avakum Chamber Choir, Baruch Brothers Choir and Iuventuscantat. He was also a lecturer at the Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music, and president of the Union of Serbian Choirs at Home and Abroad.

Three Piano Pieces Op. 83

To download FREE music scores go to:
http://www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_download.php

To listen:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdDKPlyqGV0&list=PL9nTpSVNXMpdOMBl-CkURJJfEUt-xHSXH&index=51

Around the Globe Music & Arts Newsletter June 2018

Syllabus Updates for Junior Pianists for AGPMF 2018

Dear pianists, educators and supporters,

We would like to announce changes of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival syllabus for Junior Categories for Contemporary Piano Music Classes – Compulsory Pieces.     

Compulsory Pieces (JC01 & JC02)

Choose any piece(s) from the selection:

Lower Grades (up to grade 5)
-From the other Side of Danube, No.1, from Music Map of Serbia by Vera Milanković
-The Arrival from Piano Suite VIII: part 6 by Lola Perrin
-The Carousel from All the Fun of the Fair by Lindsey Berwin

Higher Grades (up to grade 8)
-Upon the Blossom Garden, No.3, from Music Map of Serbia by Vera Milanković
-The Man in the Black Hat is Probably Sleeping from Piano Suite II: part 2 by Lola Perrin
-The UFO from All the Fun of the Fair by Lindsey Berwin

We are excited to introduce you to a new composer in our programme so you can explore a variety of different music styles.  

Lindsey Berwin

Lindsey Berwin is a British composer who studied at The Royal Academy of Music, graduating with a degree in music and a piano teaching diploma.

LB Suite

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. Her most recent published work is entitled All the Fun of the Fair.

You can purchase All the Fun of the Fair piano suite online at:
www.elenacobb.com/shop/all-the-fun-of-the-fair-for-piano-by-lindsey-berwin/

To listen to the music go to:
https://soundcloud.com/lindsey-berwin/the-carousel

Vera Milankovic concert

Prof. Vera Milanković (London, 1953) is a multi-talented Serbian composer, pianist, pedagogue and organizer of educational events. She was nominated for the best theatre music by the “Musica Clasica” magazine in 2013 and was awarded the “Golden Link” by the Cultural and Educational Community of Belgrade for her educational work.

You can download pieces from Map of Serbia:

From the other Side of Danube, No. 1
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/downloads/piano_miniatures_no_1_from_the_music_map_of_serbia_by_vera_milankovic.pdf

Upon the Blossom Garden, No. 3
http://agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/downloads/piano_miniatures_no_3_from_the_music_map_of_serbia_by_vera_milankovic.pdf

Lola Perrin Concert

Lola Perrin (b.1962). American born, London-based composer, pianist, collaborator, piano teacher, Composer in Residence at Markson Pianos, has published nine piano suites and has two CDs on general release. Lola has been interviewed on various BBC shows and performs as a solo artist, in collaboration with filmmakers, authors, artists and other pianists.
Her nine piano suites composed 1991 – 2016 are available from her publishing label; Lola Perrin Sheet Music. She is also building a repertoire for multiple piano; performances include Southbank Centre, Kennedy Centre Washington DC and ‘Institute de Serbie’, Paris. Lola has initiated ClimateKeys in which scores of pianists will be performing with guest speakers to engage audiences in talking about climate change across the world. www.lolaperrin.com

Piano Suite Lola P

Nine Images Lola P

You can purchase:

The Arrival from Piano Suite VIII: part 6
http://www.spartanpress.co.uk/spweb/details.php?catno=LP1086PD

The Man in the Black Hat is Probably Sleeping from Piano Suite II: part 2
http://www.spartanpress.co.uk/spweb/details.php?catno=LP1022PD

To listen to the music go to:

https://soundcloud.com/lolaperrin/the-arrival-part-6-from-piano-suite-viii-on-the-gradient-road-lola-perrin

https://soundcloud.com/lolaperrin/the-man-in-the-black-hat-is-probably-sleeping-from-piano-suite-ii-nine-images-for-pianolola-perrin

Around the Globe Music & Arts
Newsletter April 2018

2017 Winners’ Piano Recital
Around the Globe Piano Music Festival

Our next AGPMF winners’ piano recital will take place at
St Magdalene Church
Munster Square, London NW1 3PH
on Saturday, 19th May 2018 at 7 pm.

All winning pianists will have the great opportunity to play at this prestigious venue on the exquisite Besendorfer Grand, sponsored by Markson Pianos.

More info on Markson Pianos showrooms and services at: www.marksonpianos.com

Announcement to all AGPMF winners!

To participate in the piano recital you need to apply via email at: agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com
No later than Monday, 7th May 2018

In your application you should state your proposed programme that should consist of no more than 1 or 2 pieces, depending on their length. The style of your pieces should relate to your category/piano class that you have won at the piano festival in 2017. In addition, your entry needs to be supported by your piano teacher/mentor.

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

We hope you’ll enjoy participating in this recital and would appreciate any feedback regarding the whole AGPMF experience via our email.
Comments from teachers/parents/careers especially welcome!

We hope you enjoy the Easter break!

In Retrospect AGPMF 2017

In its fourth year, the Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2017 stood out with a galaxy of great piano repertoire, which was performed by many talented young and more mature pianists including professionals. Last years’ event started early on Sunday 19th November, with a very busy schedule throughout the whole day. As in previous years, the venue took place at Colet House, a beautiful Victorian building rich in history located in west London. The place was buzzing with excitement, crowded with children and people of different backgrounds and professions who shared one common theme – love for piano music and its performance!

IMG_8318 (2) Lola Perrin, Martha Lawson, Melanie Spanswick

The festive atmosphere was enhanced by the presence of piano composers including Lola Perrin as well as new adjudicator Melanie Spanswick, whose works were performed with great enthusiasm, especially by the younger players. The festival was especially fruitful as we had many winners in a wide range of piano categories.
For the first time in the festival’s history there were two prize winners in the Junior Contemporary Music Category – Compulsory Pieces Class for 12 years and under, the amazing Martha Lawson and Joe Davis.

IMG_8142 Amy Zheng, Around the Globe Trophy Winner

An AGPMF 2017 Trophy for junior pianists was awarded to the exceptionally musical Amy Zheng for the best performance of contemporary composition (Love Song by Wanghua Chu), who also won the Duet Class alongside Lucy Che. Very young pianist Khusniddin Khoshimov as well as Elishe Lim stood out from many winners in Grade Repertoire Classes.

In addition, 2017 medallists of the Short Piano Recital categories including the young Arthur Anderson, Ethan Zhiming Yan and Alexander Anderson thrilled the audience with their impressive playing and their talents was noted by the adjudicators.

IMG_8170 Ethan Zhiming Yan

IMG_9282 (3) Arthur Anderson, Maya Jordan, Melanie Spanswick

The star of the festival for Junior Categories was undoubtedly, medallist and a multiple winner, virtuoso Pung Rae Yue, a 13 years old girl from Singapore whose outstanding performances went beyond expectation due to her demanding and advanced level repertoire.
She played with great pianistic maturity Chopin’s C minor Nocturne Op.48 and Revolutionary Etude as well as Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Sonata, 1st Movement. Pung has also represented French composers in her repertoire including Debussy and Ravel, playing with a great touch of tone and musical expressiveness.

IMG_9297 (3) Tau Wey, Pung Rae Yue, Marina Petrov

In the Adult Categories there were many professionals and advanced level students as well as amateur pianists whose contemporary and classical music programme was quite significant and innovative. Amongst pianists of classical styles, Marianna Kapsetaki distinguished herself with virtuosity and musicianship by playing a demanding repertoire in the Recital Class for advanced pianists. Her programme highlighted a wide spectrum of pianistic styles including 1st movement of ‘Waldstein’ by Beethoven, List’s ‘La Campanella’ as well as works by Chopin and Rachmaninoff, which led her to winning AGPMF 2017 highest award.

Attractive playing and extensive programme of Jessica Wright, led her to winning AGPMF Trophy 2017 for Contemporary Piano Music (Adult Advanced), in presenting West Europeans and North American styles. We heard brilliant interpretations of compositions written by Phillip Glass, Lola Perrin, Graham Fitkin as well as lesser known work ‘Bells’ by Joseph Shone-Hatchwell.

IMG_9313 (2) Maya Jordan, Jessica Wright, Tau Wey

Furthermore, Lola Perrin’s piano duet ‘Before Sleep’ played by the winners Petra Chong / Leng Wye Kee, with astonishing pianistic expression, bringing to light insightful music ideas within the composition, which had excellent reviews from the judges’ panel and the spectators.
The festival was honoured to host the UK premiere of a compelling Jewish Piano Suite, 2nd and 3rd movement, written by the prominent Serbian composer, the late Aleksandar Vujić (1945-2017). An outstanding performance by renowned pianist Olga Dudnik brought to light the complexity and true conception of the piece using a wide spectrum of tembre, great pianistic artistry and strong emotional charge.

This resulted in her winning a Special Prize for the most promising pianist in Adult Category – an artwork ‘Trio’ by prominent Serbian artist Dusan Rajsic- awarded by Fine Art Escape Gallery.

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IMG_9315 (2) Tau Wey, Marina Petrov, Olga Dudnik, Ognjen Bogdanovic

Around the Globe Music & Arts
Newsletter March 2018

2018 EVENTS

Diary of forthcoming events:

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival
Winners’ Piano Recital
Saturday, 19th May 2018, at 7 PM
St Mary Magdalene Church,
Munster Square, London NW1 3PT

Further announcements to be made.
Deadline for entries to participate is Monday 7th May 2018

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival
Sunday, 2nd December 2018, from 10 AM
The Study Society
Colet House,151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA

Details to follow at the later date.

Previous events:

Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 7.30 PM
St Cyprian’s Church
Glentworth Street, London NW1 6AX

The launch of non- profit company
“Around the Globe Music & Arts”

With a concert production of
Contemporary Composers & the Piano
A non-profit company “Around the Globe Music & Arts” was launched with an extraordinary piano concert featuring performances by composers playing their own piano works in the restrained and beautiful setting of the turn-of-the-century St Cyprian’s church, near Baker Street in London.

Lola Perrin Concert

We much enjoyed hearing many diverse music styles including an authentic and exceptionally musical performance of Lola Perrin’s selection of pieces from her opus of piano suites, which bear traits of modern classical styles with emerging jazz elements.

Vesna i Vera concert

This was followed by UK premiere of the astonishing Shakespeare’s Sonnets, composed by Vera Milanković whose theatre piano music is full of beautiful archaic tunes and harmonies. In addition, a moving recitation by actress Vesna Stanojević of mainly love sonnets transferred us back in time to a baroque era.

Vera Milankovic concert

Vera’s other performance of a solo piano piece, homage to famous Serbian writer and poet Isidora Sekulić and her Norwegian Letters, was both inspirational and highly praised.

Grupna concert

Read more in Britić British Serb Magazine: http://www.ebritic.com/?p=650813

PRESS RELEASE

We would like to invite you to a launch of our new company
Around the Globe Music & Arts
It will take place at the fundraising concert
Contemporary Music & the Piano
on
Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 7.30 PM
St Cyprian’s Church
Glentworth Street, London NW1 6AX (Nearest station Baker St)

We will hear live performances of contemporary composers and piano music that our company is promoting through Around the Globe Piano Music Festival and beyond.

These include Lola Perrin, Vera Milanković and  Aleksander’s Vujić composition will be played by renowned pianist, Olga Dudnik. Guest performer: actress Vesna Stanojević. 

For info on booking tickets and the programme scroll down at the bottom of the page.

This event is a part of the 10th anniversary of Serbian Month in Great Britain.
Full programe available http://www.serbiancouncil.org.uk/projects/serbian-month/

Photo Lola Perrin by Abdul Hamid cropped Lola Perrin

Vera Milankovic Vera Milanković

Aca Vujic diriguje Aleksandar Vujić

olga 1 croped Olga Dudnik

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Around the Globe Music & Arts

Non-profitable company registered in England and Wales No 11108427.

Over the years, Around the Globe Piano Music Festival has evolved outside the sphere of only piano competition. In order to continue fulfilling our aspirations in running various projects we found a need to create Around the Globe Music & Arts. It is established as non profitable company as is to advance the development of contemporary music as well as other form of arts in the UK and beyond. This will be achieved through informal and formal performing and educational activities such as cultural and educational events open to musicians of all ages and levels including children, amateurs and adult professionals. These will include organising festivals, concerts, masterclasses, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and lectures.

The Company will stage and run annual piano music competitions, aiming to promote various music styles including classical, jazz and contemporary piano music from around the world. The Company is committed to assist emerging talented musicians in advancing their music education that consequently will improve their career prospects and general well-being through enhanced employability. These include the engagement of pianists and contemporary composers from different cultural and economic backgrounds as well as socially disadvantaged musicians and other artists. The Company is eager to promote multicultural diversity through music arts to a wider audience, believing that its activities contribute towards a better cultural understanding, social cohesion and sustainable personal and societal development.
The Company’s aim is to raise awareness and introduce different musical heritages including worldwide contemporary piano music, which is largely influenced by diverse musical ethnic inheritance as well as other social forms around the world. Due to its unique focus on music education, performing values and high performing standards, the company will provide feedback from highly praised adjudicators’ with written and spoken assessment regarding each performance.

Other important activities would be focused on the endorsement of talented musicians and other artists, exceptional achievements of an individual or groups with appropriate recognition including awards, prizes and certificates. It will also organise other cultural events including concerts for prize winners as well as individuals with an exceptional talent, thus helping them to advance and establish better prospects for their music career. The Company strongly support social inclusion and equal rights in the society and will act upon these moral and ethical values.

The Company is run by our team including Marina Petrov, Maya Jordan, Vesna Petkovic and Gavin Burt. 

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CONTEMPORARY MUSIC & THE PIANO

Concert Programme:

Lola Perrin                         
Piano Suite VI, Theory of K, (Lola Perrin, 2008)  

Vera Milanković                   
Piano music by Vera Milanković composed on Shakespeare’s Sonnets
Norwegian Letters by Serbian poet Isidora Sekulić
Performance by actress Vesna Stanojević

Olga Dudnik                         
Jewish Piano Suite, (Aleksandar Vujić, 2002)
 
RECEPTION  8.30 – 9.30 pm
                                                        
Tickets £20, concession £17. Children under 12 – FREE!
Bookings available via agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com or buy tickets at the door.
Donations and sponsorship appreciated.
Payment could be made to the account: Around the Globe Piano Music Festival, NatWest Bank, account number 65798554, sort code 51-50-01, ref. Guest name (IBAN GB47 NWBK 5150 0165 7985 54) or cheques could be sent to: 11 Fermor Way, Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 3BD.

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival Newsletter November 2017

We are delighted to invite you to our piano festival on
Sunday, 19th November 2017
that will take place at The Study Society, East Studio, (the large room on the left as you enter the building), 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA.
The festival will run from 10 am till 8 pm.

We are pleased to announce that this year we have the highest number of entries in Junior and Adult Categories since the beginning of our innovative piano competition in 2014, which is aimed at pianists of all ages. There are going to be many performers coming from London as well as different parts of UK including Hertfordshire, Kent, East Sussex, Oxford, Durham, York and some will travel from as far as Singapore. We appreciate participants’ effort to travel to London and wish them a happy and safe journey to our event!

This year Junior Category Piano Classes will start with Contemporary Music at 10 am, and will run till 4 pm with a Lunch Break between 1-2 pm. There will be some great performances of contemporary and classical music styles throughout the festival including Adult Categories, which will be running from 4.10 pm till 8 pm.

We are looking forward to hear amazing and inspiring music by Lola Perrin, Phillip Glass, Melanie Spanswick, Vera Milankovic and Graham Fitkin as well as Liszt, Rachmaninov, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and many other composers in Recital Classes. In addition, we are especially excited and privileged to welcome renowned pianist Olga Dudnik, who is going to perform Jewish Suite by distinguished Serbian composer, the late Aleksandar Vujić.

To listen to Junior Winners 2016 visit AGPMF You Tube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcKNdIKnujg

OUR JURY PANEL

Melanie Spanswick
pianist, composer, author and educator

Photo Melanie

Tau Way
pianist, teacher, Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School

Tau Wey

Marina Petrov
award winning pianist, pedagogue, author, occupational injury specialist

Marina photo

Maya Jordan
pianist, teacher, artistic director and promoter

Maya Jordan

Onlookers tickets available at the door for the whole day event.
Single ticket £10; Family ticket: £15 (two people)
Children not older than 12 years old – FREE!
Piano Teachers of participants – FREE!

Our project is open to innovative music minds and all who will support our ideals. We extend a warm welcome to all participants and their followers.

AGPMF Team
Maya Jordan & Marina Petrov
Contact: agpianomusicfestival@gmail.com
Website: www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk
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IN MEMORIAM ALEKSANDAR VUJIC (1945 – 2017)

Aca Vujic diriguje

With great sadness we would like to announce that Serbian composer, pianist and conductor Aleksandar Vujić passed away on September 6, 2017 in Belgrade after a long and serious illness. 

He left behind a large opus that was often inspired by Serbian archaic music including folk melodies and Christian Orthodox chorals. His compositional oeuvre comprises choral, chamber, piano, string and wind music, as well as symphonic and chamber orchestra works.
He will be remembered for his stunningly beautiful and spiritual choir music including Oče Naš (Serbian Prayer)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWX7bE9P2rI&list=PL9nTpSVNXMpdOMBl-CkURJJfEUt-xHSXH&index=57
as well as for exploring using archaic tunes of Serbian folk dance Kolo (Reel Dance) in various music forms written for chamber and symphonic orchestras as well as solo piano and other ensembles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgrm-8-Bkok

His piano works are also remarkable including The Jewish Suite, Metamorphosis, Preludes, Argentinean Tango, Waltz and opuses of Piano Pieces. In addition, his inspirational, pianistically and musically challenging Three Pieces Op.83, are included in AGPMF 2017 Syllabus in Adult Category.  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL1HIzee_CU

Short Biography

Prof. Aleksandar S. Vujić was an award winning composer of over 100 works. The exclusive publisher of Vujić’s choral works is Synkope-Verlag in Germany and his music has been printed in US, Italy, Hungary and Serbia. Vujić held a degree in composition, which was supervised by famous Serbian composers including Stanojlo Rajicić, Petar Ozgijan and Vasilije Mokranjac. He also graduated in conducting and holds MA degree in piano, all from the Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music. Throughout the four years of his study he was given the best student of his generation award. His work has been recognized worldwide, by the US government by honouring him with the Zoltan Kodaly Award (1983) and by Israel with the State Order of Israel Award (1988). Furthermore, he won first and third prize at the International Robert Schumann Choral Competition in Zwickau (1995) as well as gold medals for choral composition at Busan, South Korea (2002) and the International Choir Competition in Budapest (2009). He was the founder, leader and conductor of Sinfonietta chamber orchestra and Madrigal Choir of the Faculty of Music in Belgrade. In addition, he was the principal conductor of Djakon Avakum Chamber Choir, Baruch Brothers Choir and Iuventus Cantat, as well as the president of the Union of Serbian Choirs at home and abroad.” 

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AROUND THE GLOBE PIANO MUSIC FESTIVAL

Sunday, 19th November 2017, from 10am to late
The Study Society, Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London W14 9DA

Entries must be received no later than
Tuesday 31st October 2017
 
Please, come and join us for this amazing and inspirational event.
For more info and how to apply refer to our new AGPMF Magazine 2017.

Application forms available for AGPMF participants for
http://www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_apply.php
http://www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/downloads/entry_form.pdf

Full syllabus & fees include exciting new classes, modified contemporary programme as well as performances’ maximum length and latest fees.
http://www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_syllabus.php

Download Music Scores from the web page that includes all music manuscripts and links for the Worldwide Contemporary Music – Compulsory Pieces for Piano Solo and ensemble classes for Junior & Adult Categories.
http://www.agpianomusicfestival.co.uk/agpmf_download.php