Around the Globe Music & Arts

Newsletter April 2021


Around the Globe Music & Arts strongly supports the

A newly established online piano composition festival is developed by notable music educators and composers, Lindsey Berwin and Alison Mathews.

·         Compose Yourself! welcomes compositions from UK pianists aged 5 to 18.

·         Deadline for submissions is 31st May 2021.

Entrants need to submit a video of themselves playing their composition and in return will receive an encouraging comment sheet, a certificate and a piece of music written by a leading composer. Winners in the competitive category will receive books of music at their playing level.

For full information go to



Compose Yourself! is a new and exciting online piano composition festival developed by us to reflect our passion for encouraging creativity in students from an early age. Our teaching experience has taught us how beneficial composing can be, and in a variety of different ways. For some students it provides a means of developing self-confidence in a way that playing never has, for others a means of self-expression. Most importantly it brings together different aspects of musical learning for all students. Composing can lead to a deeper understanding of music at all levels and ages in a creative way…

We spent some time developing our ideas, and held a trial event last year with a small group of colleagues and their pupils which was a great success. As a result, we were delighted to launch the 2021 Festival this summer, with June Armstrong and Nikolas Sideris as adjudicators. We were also fortunate to have been given an amazing amount of support in setting up the event, with generous sponsorship from EPTA and prizes of music being donated by publishers such as Faber, Trinity College London and Editions Musica Ferrum. The reception that Compose Yourself! received, together with the number of entries and their quality, exceeded all our expectations, and cemented our aim to make this an annual event. Details of how to register interest in the 2021 Festival are on our website…

Although the immediate aim of the festival is to provide a goal for students and a way to share their music, we would like to achieve more than that. We want to encourage and support teachers, especially those who feel less confident or have little experience of introducing composition into lessons. To enable this, we are offering resources and guidance in the form of free printable activity sheets, an animation ideal for a sound track project and a growing list of books and articles. These resources are created from our direct experience of teaching composition – they are tried and tested! They are all available from our website. 

In addition, we will be presenting a
webinar for the European Piano Teachers Association
on November the 7th 2021,

where we will introduce and explain our ideas on how to approach teaching composition.

To learn more about our festival, please visit www.composeyourself
and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Composers who have contributed their music to the event 


Alison Mathews

Alison is a pianist, composer and teacher with a thriving private teaching practice in Surrey.  After graduating from the Royal College of Music, she went on to complete a masters’ degree at Surrey University with the philosophy of music at the heart of her studies.

Alison’s interest in composition grew out of a desire to provide her students with imaginative music to play that would give them the opportunity to explore the full range and sonority of the piano whilst exploring different techniques.  Her published work includes a varied portfolio of educational books, such as Doodles 1 and 2 and Treasure Trove, as well as commissions from ABRSM, Trinity College London and Breitkopf & Härtel. Alison has also had works included in the exam syllabi for ABRSM and RIAM and has contributed to several anthologies.

Lindsey Berwin

Lindsey grew up in Cardiff and Leeds, and then spent four years studying at The Royal Academy of Music. After a brief period of working as a classroom music teacher, she decided to refocus on piano teaching. Since then, she has followed this path, together with that of performing, amassing some thirty-five years of experience. In 2002, Lindsey became employed by Queen Elizabeth Grammar School and Wakefield Girls’ High School, where she continues to have a busy and thriving teaching practice.

​Lindsey has become well-known for her innovative approaches to improving key skills whilst maintaining enjoyment for her students. She 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. In 2017 her suite of piano pieces entitled All the Fun of the Fair, suitable for intermediate and advanced students, was published. This was followed in 2018 by a set of advanced pieces entitled Vignettes, and then by Jazzagility!, a series of graded piano technique books in the jazz idiom. Her many piano works has also featured on the repertoire list of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival since 2018.

Newsletter March 2021 (2)

Dear AGMA followers,

We are proud to introduce to you a worldwide renowned
composer, pianist and educationalist,

Christopher Norton
and his Piano Music for Examinations.

His brilliant and captivating jazz style piano pieces will also feature on the repertoire list in the Jazz Piano category of the Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2021 – 8th International Piano Competition Online.

We hope you will enjoy exploring his many great piano albums!


Composer, arranger, and teacher, Christopher Norton is universally regarded as the leader in his field. Born in 1953, he is a New Zealand born, now Canadian based composer. His long and fruitful association with Boosey & Hawkes has resulted in the world famous Microjazz seriesthe Preludes for piano, 2 Concert Collections for piano and, with his wife Wendy, 30 Micromusicals. In 2005 he wrote Connections for Piano for the RCM. The series is now owned by Christopher and published by his own company, In 2006 he wrote American Popular Piano for Novus Via Publications.

Christopher is in high demand for his unique and creative presentations, both live and online. He offers sessions ranging from improvisation coaching for private teachers to adjudicating non-competitive piano festivals with literally thousands of student entries; from offering personal, intensive master class sessions at all levels to lectures in advanced composition. Everywhere he goes, his fresh and uplifting approach to music never fails to inspire and enlighten all who attend. In the last 5 years, Christopher has written a series of concert works. A very well received Jazz Piano Sonata, an Italian Suite for 2 Pianos, a Turkish-Anatolian Suite for 2 pianos and an Idaho Suite for solo piano are among the many new publications from 80dayspublishing.

Christopher now lives, with his wife, another published composer, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

About Christopher Norton’s Music for Examination

Christopher Norton’s Microjazzfirst appeared in 1983, and by 1987 two pieces from the series were on the ABRSM syllabus for Grades 3 and 4 – Picnic Piece and Farmyard Blues. Students were amazed to find pieces they could relate to and the books (and all subsequent books) spread like wildfire around the world. Other examination boards also began to include Christopher Norton pieces – Trinity, the AMEB and ANZCA in Australia (whose List D was almost a Norton syllabus), Conservatory Canada and the Royal Conservatory in Canada. In 2020 there are still Norton pieces on every examination syllabus world-wide.

Enchanted Castle (Microjazz Duets Collection 1)
Examination board: ABRSM
Grade: Initial

Walking Together (Microjazz Collection 1), No WorriesMerry-go-round, Four-wheel Drive, Carol in Canon (Connections 1)
Examination boards: Trinity, RCM
Grade: 1

Intercity Stomp (Microjazz Collection 2), Half Asleep, Sidewalk Cafe, Toronto Tango, Trumpet Blues, Feelin’ Good, The Highlands (Connections 2)
Examination boards: ABRSM, RCM
Grade: 2

Kettle Rag (Concert Collection), Boxcar Blues, Moonscape, Scamp (Connections 5)
Examination boards: Trinity, RCM
Grade: 5

Pop Bossa (Latin Preludes Collection), Fantasy Bossa, Hanging Gardens, Ringing Changes (Connections 7)Examination boards: ABRSM, RCM
Grade: 7

Why choose Christopher Norton pieces?

They are hugely varied in style, written down very precisely and highly idiomatic. They also have the distinct advantage of being paired with both backing tracks and midi files and are available on a number of platforms – Superscore, Tido and Nkoda for a start. The lyricalpieces in Christopher Norton’s huge catalogue of compositions encourage beauty of tone, help to develop musical pedalling and encourage legato playing. The styles encompassed – country, folk, Latin, pop, rock and new age – help the student play more beautifully because they know what the piece is supposed to sound like. The rhythmic pieces are often syncopated, with independence of hands to the fore. There is a high likelihood of strict time playing (which the backing tracks really emphasise) and articulation is always written down very precisely and is intended to be followed very closely.


Microjazz Collection,
1 Microjazz Collection 2,
Microstyles, Collection,
Latin Preludes,
Country Preludes,
Jazz Preludes,
Rock Preludes,
Concert Collection,
American Popular Piano (Repertoire 1-8)


Rest of world:

Boosey & Hawkes books in USA & Canada: 

There are lots of helpful places where you can get a clear idea
about the composer’s intentions:

For performances and lessons:

Newsletter March 2021

From the Editor of Around the Globe Music Magazine



Note to all music professionals, associates and interested parties

We are preparing material for the next issue of Around the Globe Music Magazine Vol. 4 No. 1 Summer 2021 and are offering readers an opportunity to contribute articles and promotional material related to piano music. We also aim to publish advertisements for musical instruments, books, music courses, performance events and other relevant topics. This is open to all professional musicians, music writers, critics, educators and other associates. All proposals will be evaluated and genuinely appreciated.


The Around the Globe Music Magazine is published annually in digital and printed formats. Its primary focus is on promoting piano music genres from different parts of the world, including contemporary classical music, jazz, and beyond by devoting space to independent and emerging musicians alongside more established artists and renowned music educators.

Our magazine also features articles on educational music subjects which we strongly advocate, and about the music creators and their published works, which might be lesser known in the UK. Furthermore, we cover interviews, book reviews, topics including festivals, concert series, cultural commentary and much more.

The Around the Globe Music Magazine welcomes unsolicited articles from anyone who believes their subject would be of interest to our readers. The article’s length may vary, depending on the subject, and by arrangement with the Editor.


Suggestion for articles should be submitted well before the deadline for editorial approval. Submissions should include proposed subject, length, applicability and writer samples. Submissions may be edited and, with your permission, will be published as such. Writers will not receive any monetary compensation.


Submission deadline is 31st May 2021, 23:00 BST

Submissions and proposals to be sent to the AGMA Editor via email:

Young Musicologist competition

We are launching the Young Musicologist competition for the best article on modern composers of different contemporary classical and jazz styles and their piano compositions, written after 1970.                                             

It is open to junior students up to 18 years of age with the aim of raising and developing their musical writing to a higher educational level.

The winner’s article will be published in the next issue of AG Music Magazine 2021.

Deadline for the article submission is 24th May 2021, 20:00 BST. 

Applications need to be made by an adult, teacher, parent or guardian by email only.
You may apply by sending the article, written in English, using an attachment in the Word file or similar, along with your cover letter where it should state:

– The name and age of the applicant
– The title of the article
– Name of applicant’s tutor/mentor
– Correspondence email address

Entrance fee is £15 and can be paid electronically upon the application.

Application to be sent to the AGMA Editor:

Competitor Guidelines for writing an article:

The length of the article should be between 700 – 1000 words, including a bibliography.

  • The article should contain information about:

– the composer, his piano opus, style and the epoch
– the chosen piano work, including the musical analysis and use of different techniques and creative history of the composition.

  • In the article, you should give your personal view of the composition, including the reason behind your choice, its sentimental and creative value and technical challenges, as well as describing the interesting figurative aspect.


By developing your voice and expressing an opinion, your story or idea will personalize the writing and highlight the uniqueness of your experiences. Inject your life into the writing as appropriate and search for a sense of place or narrative.

Use italics for titles of recordings (albums/cd’s), concerts, videos, books or other literature. Composition titles, chapters and article titles should be placed in quotations; punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. Write out in words the numbers nine and under and numbers that begin a sentence, otherwise use numerals. Use numerals for decades, except at the beginning of a sentence. Use four digits for the first reference, with no apostrophe and then two digits with an initial apostrophe (e.g., 1990s then ’90s).

Newsletter January 2021

We are delighted to invite you to our FREE Zoom Event!

The event is part of the 13th cultural festival
Serbian Month in Great Britain
running from 27th January – 3rd March 2021.

More info about the festival at
Full programme of events available here.

Thursday 4th February, 8 pm

Live Interview with Vera Milanković, acclaimed Serbian composer, pianist and pedagogue.

Interview topic – piano album Musical Map of Serbia, inspired by Serbian folk songs from different national regions.

It is followed by a PowerPoint presentation and recorded music performances. There will also be a discussion about differences in musical educational approach in Serbia and the UK.

The final part of the event will be Q&A when the Audience can interact with the composer.

Musical Map of Serbia is an album consisting of piano miniatures inspired by Serbian folk songs. These songs have been collected by Prof. Miodrag Vasiljević, the founder of Serbia’s Folklore. The harmonisation is based on songs’ imminent tonal structure evoking its archaic flavour. The songs are not only situated geographically; they also embody a wide variety of metrical structures with unique melodic beauty. Piano miniatures from the opus are featuring on the repertoire lists of Around the Globe Piano Music Festival.

About the composer 

Prof. Vera Milanković (born in London, 1953) is renowned Serbian composer, pianist, pedagogue and organiser of many prestigious educational events. She has studied piano, composition and solfeggio at Belgrade University of Arts, Faculty of Music to the highest level and further enriched her knowledge by obtaining an MA in composition from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, UK (1978).
Currently, she teaches at the Faculty of Music University of Arts, Belgrade and runs the Pedagogical Forum and International Annual Symposium for music and drama teachers. Vera was awarded the Golden Link by the Cultural and Educational Community of Belgrade for her educational work. Fascinated by traditional Serbian music, she has written many authentic arrangements for piano, voice and ensembles for various instruments including percussion and piano. Her music written for several theatre plays and ballets and children’s choirs were also critically acclaimed. 

To register for this event

Please email to receive a ZOOM link:
We are looking forward to seeing you at our virtual event!

Newsletter December 2020

The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition 

In these burdensome and extraordinary times due to the global pandemic, we are proud to have been able to present and organise a very successful Around the Globe Online Piano Competition 2020 for Junior and Adult amateur pianists, an event that lasted for three days at the end of November/December 2020. Although organising these events were full of challenges and with much dedication from AGMA team, which includes professionals and volunteers, the popularity of the online piano competition especially in Junior Categories, came as a great reward and a very stimulating impetus for the organisation.

This year, we were hosts to a large number of amazingly talented young candidates from as far as Singapore, Germany, Poland, Serbia and different parts of the UK. We were thrilled to be able to enjoy watching and listening to their quality piano performances recorded for the Second Round, on the ZOOM social platform.

These include excellent performances of the lesser-known piano works of classical contemporary and jazz styles by composers such as Mehran Rouhani, Tonci Huljic, Wang Hua Chu, Hitoshi Sakimoto and many others. However, the more significant response was of the entries for the classical and traditional styles classes for this piano competition. In addition, Recital Classes in all Junior Categories were hugely popular as well as Free Choice and Grade Repertoire classes. There were many outstanding players of traditional styles of Chopin, Haydn, Scarlatti, Rachmaninoff, Bartok, and many more.

The adjudication and live spoken feedbacks from our highly praised adjudicators, including Piano Professors Olga Dudnik, Melanie Spanswick, Marina Petrov and Tau Wei, have added to the overall excitement to the experience of these virtual events to our participants, their families, piano teachers as well as a wider online audience. Furthermore, the distinctly educational value of the adjudication work and judges’ comments were also highly appreciated by all involved.

To enjoy watching performances of some of our many talented pianist winners visit our YouTube channel:

Junior Categories Winners

Recital Classes

Worldwide Music Composers

Jazz Free Choice

Free Choice Classes

Grade Repertoire Classes

We also want to thank all the candidates for their participation as well as supporters including family, teachers, friends and other viewers. Moreover, we would like to express our gratitude to all involved in the process of creating this online piano competition along with our enthusiastic and very supportive sponsors.

We are sending the warmest holiday wishes to you and yours during this beautiful season.
Wishing you all that is merry and bright for the New Year ahead!

Take care and stay safe!

Warmest wishes from AGMA Directors

Maya Jordan and Marina Petrov
and the whole AGMA Team

Newsletter November 2020

The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition

Junior and Adult pianists of all nationalities, with no age restrictions.

Second Round 
Sunday 22nd and 29th November 2020

We are inspired by the large number of entries for the Junior Piano Categories for Around the Globe Online Piano Competition 2020, with participants from different parts of the UK, other parts of Europe including Poland, Germany and Serbia as well as faraway country as Singapore.

To our delight, most of our contestants are invited to participate at the Second Round of the competition due to their high level of performance, which event will go live on ZOOM social platform on 22nd and 29th November 2020. It will include audio-visual files of contestants’ complete performance along with the Adjudicator’s live comments and the presentation of awards.


There are still places for pianists of any levels in Adult Piano Categorieswhich Second Round will be presented on ZOOM on Sunday 6th December 2020.

The deadline for submissions for the First Round is Monday 16th November 2020.
Late entries might be accepted and are subject to status. 
For more info about the entry visit our website:
About Syllabus and Fees:
Apply online:

The schedule of Junior piano competition is as follows: 

Sunday 22nd Nov 2020 (GMT)

Short Recital Classes
10 am – JF01
10.45 am – JF03

Lunch break 12.15pm -1pm

Short Recital Classes cont.
1 pm – JF04 
1.45 pm – JF02
 2.30 pm – JF05

End 3pm

Sunday 29th November 2020 (GMT)

Contemporary Music & Free Choice Classes
10am – Worldwide Contemporary Music Categories
10. 40am – Free Choice

Lunch break 12pm -1.30pm

Grade Repertoire & Jazz Piano Classes
1.30 pm – JR01 to JR05
2.30 pm – JR06 to JR08 & JJ01

End 3.30pm

We wish you very successful performance and enjoyable experience at our competition.
Best wishes from

Newsletter October 2020

We would like to inform you that our website has been updated in relation to our 7th Annual Piano Competition

The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition 

It is open to Junior and Adult pianists of all nationalities, with no age restrictions.

*Please note that our dates for the deadline for submissions for Junior pianists have changed.

Deadline for submission of applications for the First Round:

Junior participants: Friday 6th Nov 2020

Adult participants: Monday 16th Nov 2020

About the piano competition go to:

Guidance for the entries are available at:

For full syllabus, fees and prizes go to:

For online application form and how to pay go to:

You can download the entry and send us by post:

Junior & Adult Piano Categories  

10 BST – 17 BST
Junior Pianists – Sunday 22nd November 2020
Junior Pianists – Sunday 29th November 2020
Adult Pianists   – Sunday 6th December 2020

The Second Round will be presented on the ZOOM Online Social Platform.
These exciting events will be open to independent viewers and supporters from all around the world! Ticket charge for viewers per Zoom entry is £8.

* Please be advised that there will be restrictions and safeguard in place for viewers for the Junior Categories.

The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition piano will consist of two rounds – in the First Round competitors will submit a short unedited pre-recorded performance which will be adjudicated by our panel of distinguished music Jurors. Only contestants who advance to the Second Round will send video/audio-visual files of their complete performance, which will be displayed on the Zoom online platform along with the Adjudicator’s live comments and the presentation of awards. In addition, all contestants will receive a Certificate of Performance Achievement.


Melanie Spanswick is a pianist, author, teacher, and composer. She is a piano professor at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, an Honorary Master Teacher at the Tom Lee Academy in Hong Kong, and she also teaches at Eton College. As an educator, Melanie has examined for the ABRSM, and she adjudicates for the British and International Federation of Festivals. She frequently gives masterclasses, workshops and presentations throughout the UK and abroad, including Germany, the USA and the Far East . . . Her popular works from piano pieces’ collections including Piano Waves, Digressions, No Words Necessary and Snapchats have featured on the repertoire list at Around Globe Piano Music Festival.

Tau Wey enjoys performing unusual yet captivating music. His eclectic repertoire is as likely to include fugues as folk music, sonatas as songs, and rondos as rags. The music he plays branches out into myriad directions, making connections to the sound worlds that people inhabit. Born in Taiwan, Tau subsequently lived in Germany and then in England . . . He has performed at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and Arts. Tau is Head of Keyboard at Sevenoaks School, as well as teaching at Eltham College and at the Kent International Piano Course.

Olga Dudnik MA studied at the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Ukraine, receiving the Gold Medal for Excellence and wining the Ukraine Piano Competition. She continued studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London and was awarded the Premier Prix at the completion, as well as 1st prize at the Arianne Katz and prizes in the Young Soloist of the Year and Hong Kong International Piano Competition. Olga made her Purcell Room and Wigmore Hall debuts with a BBC live broadcast and has appeared with numerous orchestras including London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Marina Petrov MA is a classical pianist and piano pedagogue specialising in Prevention of Occupational Injuries in Pianists. In addition, she has contributed articles to EPTA and ISSTIP journals as well as holding seminars, masterclasses and workshops on related subjects at various universities and music colleges in London and Cork. Since settling in London in 1989, she has performed solo recitals as well as chamber music and has accompanied opera singers in major concert halls across the UK and London, including Regent Hall, St John’s at Smith Square as well as other music institutions. Further to 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. Mrs Petrov has studied piano at the Moscow Conservatoire, Belgrade University of Arts and the City University, London.

Maya Jordan MA, holds a Master Degree of Music Academy in Belgrade and a PG Certificate from the London College of Music. A winner of numerous prizes, she has performed throughout the former Yugoslavia, Italy, Cyprus, France, Germany and England and recorded for various Radio and TV programmes. Maya’s performing career has extended through her interest in bringing music and artists of different countries together. Maya has been co-founder of the project ‘Sounds of the Balkans’ and Artistic Director of numerous events and projects, promoting Serbian culture and encouraging artists of different origins to work together . . . She is also a Programme Coordinator of the Serbian Month in Great Britain and co-founder / Director of the Around the Globe Music & Arts. 

Newsletter September 2020 (2)


We are pleased to announce that this year,
Around the Globe Music & Arts will be hosting a new event  

The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition
open to Junior and Adult pianists of all nationalities, with no age restrictions.

The piano competition will consist of two rounds – in the First Round competitors will submit a short unedited pre-recorded performance which will be adjudicated by our panel of distinguished music Jurors. Only contestants who advance to the Second Round will send video/audio-visual files of their complete performance, which will be displayed on the Zoom online platform along with the Adjudicator’s live comments and the presentation of awards. In addition, all contestants will receive a Certificate of Performance Achievement.  

The Second Round performances
will be held from 10am – 5pm on the following dates: 

Junior Pianists  – Sunday 22nd November 2020

Junior Pianists  – Sunday 29th November 2020

Adult Pianists  –  Sunday  6th December 2020

These exciting events will be open to independent viewers and supporters from all around the world! 

Deadline for submission of applications
Junior participants  2nd Nov 2020
Adult participants  16th Nov  2020

Notes for Entrants 

How to enter?

To enter the First Round of The 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competitionyou will need to fill in the form, available online from the beginning of next month, this will include details of the entrance fees.  After completing the form, to include your chosen category or class(es), you will be asked to send your entrance fee payment as well as your unedited audio visual file of only ONE of your preferred pieces from the overall programme, to the organisers at (larger files can be sent via WeTransfer)

Please note that all updates including the entry application will be available on our website no later then 12th October 2020.


Up-loadable file formats of your video/audio-visual files include MP4, MOV, WMV, AVI and FLV. Performance can be easily recorded on a smart phone, iPad, computer or other digital device. The quality of the sound and recording is important and poor-quality recordings may result in an application being disqualified.

Syllabus of 2020 AGOPC

Please be advised that last year’s AGPMF 2019 Syllabus will remain in use for the 2020 Around the Globe Online Piano Competition. This also includes the classical contemporary piano music programme, which remains unchanged and is available now on our website.

Check at:

For music scores:

Which piano piece to choose for the First Round?

You can choose any piece or part of the larger piece/form (advanced) from your programme that is NO LONGER than:

 (Beginners up to grade 3)         2 Minute

 (Intermediate up to grade 5)     4 Minutes

(Early advanced up to grade 7)   5 Minutes

 (Advanced, grade 8 and above)   8 Minutes

Which contestants will be invited to the Second Round?

Contestants whose video performance is marked 80 and above will be invited to the next round.

All entrants will be informed about the results of the First-Round in due course and will receive their marking sheets including comments.

About the Second Round

Contestants who advance to the Second Round will be notified as soon as possible about the date and time of their online displayed recorded performance. Following the invitation to the next round, contestants are expected to send video/audio-visual files of their performance of their chosen piano programme (for the class or classes they have entered) TEN days before the Second Round.  These performances will be downloaded and displayed on the Zoom online platform on the day of the event. Contestants are expected to be present on Zoom on the day of the Second Round to hear Adjudicator’s comments, to receive marks and accept awards. 

Please note that contestants who are invited to the Second Round and have entered to play only one piece of music will not need to send the video file again, unless they think they can significantly improve the result and overall performance.

Marking system

– Certificate of Performance Achievement 0-74

– Certificate of Performance Achievement with Merit 75-84

– Certificate of Performance Achievement with Distinction 85-94

– Certificate of Performance Achievement Outstanding 95-100

For further enquiries contact the organisers via email

Newsletter September 2020

We are proud to announce that production of our new issue of
Around the Globe Music Magazine 2020 
Summer, Vol.3, No.1,
is now available online (free) and in print.

Read online at:

For a fabulous printed version (retail price £5) make a request via email to the Editor: or contact the organisers at

Please note that printed version is FREE to AGMA members.

You can support us in applying for AGMA membership via:

AGMA is always eager to introduce a different spectrum of musical ideas to all of our many supporters and musicians. We sincerely hope that this publication will give you much pleasure with interesting articles about modern composers and their piano works, covering a wide range of global cultures and piano styles.

After much research, we are thrilled to present talented music authors and their compositions from different parts of the world including China, Russia, Bulgaria and from the UK. Apart from featuring solo piano works,there are presentations of piano ensembles – duets for four hands suitable for pianists at all levels, such as Rosamund Conrad’s Delightfully Easy Piano Duets, Zhanetta Metallidi’s Beloved Tales and A Breeze from Bulgaria by Nikolai Aleksiev. The interview with pianist-composer Vladimir Titovis also of note, andthe articleExploring Early Pianos reveals the fascinating history behind this instrument.

There is also an introduction to many piano course books for early level (Get Set Piano! by Heather Hammond & Karen Marshall) and advanced pianists including jazz styles presented by Tim Richards, as well as articles offering advice and help to performers.

In addition, we recommend reading an enlightening and pedagogical study on memorisation written by renowned British piano composer Melanie Spanswick, whose new opus Simply Driven and other piano courses books (Play it Again PIANO) are featuring in this publication. 

On the topic on musician’s health, there are the brilliantly evocative writings of the late Carola Grindea, The Phenomenon of ‘Peak Experience’ or ‘The Flow’ in Musical Performancean article published in EPTA and ISSTIP journals a few years ago but still relevant today.

Newsletter August 2020

We want to announce that AGMA will be organising
as a part of the piano music festival in November/December this year.

The competition will consist of two rounds which will include applicant’s pre-recorded performance open to Junior and Adult pianists of all levels, as before. More information including guidance, dates and how to apply, will be published in our next September Newsletter 2020. Please note that the syllabus’ programme for 2020 will stay unchanged from the previous year, including contemporary classical and jazz style pieces. For more info on the syllabus’ programme visit:

In today’s publication, we are presenting extracts from the articles about famous Chinese pianist-composer Chu Wang-Hua including the introduction to his great piano music via YouTube links. In addition, we hope you will enjoy the melodious, beautiful harmonies of a new piano work The Little Prince composed by Vladimir and Svetlana Titov. 

Extract from ‘An Introduction to Chu Wang-Hua’ 
by Marina Petrov 

Not so long ago, I was introduced to the piano music of Chinese composer Chu Wang-Hua by one of my Chinese piano students. As I was raised in the western music culture, I wasn’t exposed to Chinese classical contemporary music at my music colleges and conservatoires, especially the work of pianist-composers. My student Yi has been learning to play Hua’s piano virtuoso piece Merry-Go-Round, which I found fascinating! This piece sounds like a fusion of Chinese and Western pianistic musical styles; it is unlike no other, unique and very exciting to hear! 

Chu Wang-Hua’s opus includes symphonies, string quartets, piano concertos and numerous piano works.  His Piano Sonatina was a prize winner at the 21st Century Chinese Children’s Piano Compositions Competition in 2000 and his compositions have been performed and recorded both nationally and globally.

I hope you will enjoy exploring his solo piano works, which are widely available to listen to on YouTube and other online platforms, and viewing many of his free music scores. 

Love Song

Days of Emancipation

The Jasmine Flowers

Extract from ‘The Little Prince Piano Suite’ 
by Vladimir Titov and Svetlana Titov

The four-part piano suite The Little Prince, was inspired by the world-famous novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Initially written as a children’s book its strong philosophical and moral content has been appreciated and enjoyed by everyone. The story tells of a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love and loss.

The first part of the suite is called The Little Prince – an exploration of the character of the prince who is described by de Saint-Exupery as follows – ‘The proof that the little prince existed is he was charming, that he laughed and was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists’ . . . 

The second part is Journeys, the story of the Princes flight to distant planets, where he meets an array of unusual residents. The author wrote ‘As I understand it, he decided to wander with migratory birds’.

Somewhere There Lives My Flower… is the name of the third piece, in which the image of a rose, evocatively described by the author as – ‘ If someone loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy to look just at the stars. He can say to himself, ‘Somewhere, my flower is there…’  

The piano suite concludes with a fourth part titled Homecoming of The Little Prince an exploration of the following passages – ‘I’m going back home today, too. It’s much further. It’s much more difficult’ . . .; ‘And at night you will look up at the stars. Where I live, everything is so small that I cannot show you where my star is to be found…’

Listen on YouTube:

The Little Prince (part 1), Vladimir Titov & Svetlana Titova

Somewhere There Lives My Flower…, Vladimir Titov(part 3) 

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The Little Prince (part 1), Vladimir Titov & Svetlana Titova

Somewhere There Lives My Flower…, Vladimir Titov(part 3)