London Piano Meetup Group – Trip to Finchcocks Musical Museum

We spent a very enjoyable day at Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst, Kent playing the historical instruments under the expert tuition of Gary Branch, Steven Devine and Jean Phillips. The event takes place yearly and is called the Open Day for Pianists. There are separate events for younger students as well.

Upcoming London Piano Meetup Group events:

Amateur Piano Group in London Piano Circle in London

Can you hear the difference between a Stradivarius and a £39.99 violin from Tesco?!

Maybe proof that the musician maketh the music, not the instrument…

As the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford opens its Stradivarius exhibition, the Telegraph arranged for a young musician to play the fabled Serdet – an original Stradivarius from 1666, her own 18th century instrument and a £39.99 violin available from Tesco and Argos.

But are you able to choose which is the more illustrious, based purely on the sound each instrument produces?

With the help of Oxford University music graduate Cecilia Stinton, The Telegraph put this idea to the test, and to complicate the challenge further we’ve included the cheapest brand of new violin currently available in the UK, costing under £40 and available from high street retailers like Tesco and Argos.

Take the test here:
Do you have the ear to pick out the world’s most famous make of violins?

I’m glad to say I got it right!

Do you have the ear to pick out the world's most famous make of violins?
Do you have the ear to pick out the world’s most famous make of violins?

Find out more about the exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum

This summer, the Ashmolean will open a special exhibition celebrating the life and work of Antonio Stradivari. For the first time ever in the UK, the Ashmolean will bring together 21 of Stradivari’s most important, well-preserved instruments to showcase the brilliance of his craft, including 11 works from his Golden Period.

London Piano Meetup Group Launch Party

Piano Launch Party

You are invited to the launch of the new London Piano Meetup Group at Peregrine’s Pianos on Saturday 18 May at 5.30pm.

You can choose to perform or listen to fellow pianists playing on a Fazioli 212 Grand Piano. Time limit per performer: Up to 5 minutes. Please leave details of your repertoire with your RSVP.

All performers receive a goody bag thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors.

Pianist Emmanuel Vass will perform a short recital to conclude the event.
Tickets must be booked in advance, they will not be on sale on the door.

Click here to watch Emmanuel performing 'James Bond Concert Etude'.
Click here to watch Emmanuel performing ‘James Bond Concert Etude’.

We have spaces for 10 performers and 30 observers. Tickets are at a discounted rate for the launch event of £15 for performers and £5 for observers (usually £20 and £10).

Book your ticket online by 17 May:

Tickets cannot be re-allocated or refunded if you cannot attend. This event is open to attendees age 15+.