Have you been watching ‘The Piano’ on Channel 4?
I must admit, I don’t usually watch talent shows so was initially skeptical. However, so many of my students recommended the programme that I felt I had to give it a try. What can I say? It’s brilliant and I’m hooked!
In case you’ve missed it, the idea is that enthusiastic amateur pianists - of all ages, all abilities and from all walks of life - are invited to perform on public pianos in train stations! (If you’ve ever been to St Pancras, you’ll know what I’m talking about.) All kinds of music is represented - from boogie woogie to classical and from light jazz to rap!
What the performers don’t know is that watching them secretly from behind the scenes are Lang Lang, one of the world’s greatest concert pianists and Mika, outstanding pop performer. Together, they are tasked with organising a concert at The Royal Festival Hall to showcase the many different facets of piano music. Each week, they have to choose one pianist to take part in the event.
I’m only a couple of episodes in, but it has been fantastic to be reminded of just how powerful music is and what it can mean to so many people.
If you haven’t already seen it, I’d encourage you to look it up on catch up!
If you have seen the programme and are inspired to either learn to play the piano from scratch or rekindle old skills then do get in touch. I’d love to hear from you and always offer a free introductory session.