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In London on Wednesday 5th February at Nils Frahm‘s private launch Party for his book SHEETS, which is published by Manners McDade, one lucky winner of an exciting competition will have the opportunity to perform one of his pieces from the book live at the party.

The entry requirements are simply for candidates to be available to play in London on the evening of the Wednesday 5th of February 2014, and to answer the following questions:

How old you were you when you first started playing the piano?
Can you remember where you were when you first heard Nils’s music?
Which is your favourite track of his?

Answers must be sent to info@mannersmcdade.co.uk by Tuesday 14th January.

The winner get to perform at the party on a beautiful grand piano.

For any further information, contact Nils Frahm’s publisher via Twitter @mannersmcdade, and you can also follow Nils’s Facebook and Twitter page for updates.

Get entering and good luck!

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

On air this Saturday on BBC Radio 6 Music, will be Nils Frahm who has been described as ‘One of the finest pianists in the world’. The German musician and composer will be joining Mary Anne Hobbs for the show at 7:00am for some heartbreaking, beautiful piano and synth pieces from the Erased Tapes label.

Now based in Berlin, Frahm was taught in his childhood to play by Nahum Brodski, a student of the last scholar of Tchaikovsky. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.

Nils Frahm has also recently produced art and music book SHEETS, published by Manners McDade. The book features sheet music from ten of Nils Frahm’s piano pieces taken from his albums: Felt, The Bells and Wintermusik, now available in print for the first time in the form of a hardback art & music book.

The book includes specially commissioned photographs from London-based artist, Stuart Bailes, and Frahm has written a personal introduction to each piece with diagrams and instructions explaining how to convert your piano to achieve his signature Felt sound.

Tune into BBC Radio 6 Music with Mary Anne Hobbs on Saturday 11th January at 7:00am to listen live, and you can take a look at Frahm’s book SHEETS with Faber Music.

For more information visit:

www.nilsfrahm-sheets.com

www.mannersmcdade.co.uk

(Written on January 10, 2014 )

Celebrated cellist Corinne Morris will be performing at the Heal’s exclusive Christmas party on 5th December. Based in the Tottenham Court road flagship store, the event will be fun, festive and full of food and music.

Corinne will be performing alongside accompanist Anne Marshall with some cello classics and Christmas hits. The event will not only have a great atmosphere but also has a wonderful cause at the heart of the festivities; all funds will be donated to Nordoff Robbins, a music charity that transforms the lives of vulnerable children and adults in London and across the UK.

There will be a 10% discount for all guests, and the first 200 shoppers to arrive on the night will recieve a goodie bag worth £35. Make sure you buy your tickets soon so that you don’t miss this festive and musical event. You can follow the latest developments with Corinne via her website or on Facebook and Twitter.

Corinne Morris

(Written on November 29, 2013 )

Gramophone

Leila Josefowicz puts her violin up for sale

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The Globe and Mail

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Columbia to House a Trove of Prokofiev’s Items

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Festivals in the frame

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„Ehrliche Virtuosität macht Spaß“

Seit Jahren gehört Hélène Grimaud zu den erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Pianistinnen der Klassik-Szene. Anders als viele ihrer französischen Klavierkollegen hat sie auch ein besonderes Faible für die Werke von Johannes Brahms. Nun hat sie beide Klavierkonzerte eingespielt

Classic FM Online

Classic FM Online

(Written on October 17, 2013 )

Have you ever wondered what really goes on off stage at the world’s leading opera houses? Christopher Gillett’s memoir Who’s My Bottom? paints a scurrilous and funny picture of the best and worst aspects of working in the world of opera. Revealing personal experiences of frustration, money worries and humiliation Christopher accounts daily life for a “jobbing singer”.

WildKat PR are very excited to be managing an international press campaign for Christopher and Who’s My Bottom?

[In case you were wondering, the title is a doff of the hat to Christopher’s somewhat signature role of Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream which he has performed over 100 times.]

You can buy Who’s My Bottom? from Amazon, or for mac users, it is also available as an iBook.

(Written on March 19, 2012 )