Pianolobby Sponsors Local Festivals

Pretty much everywhere nowadays there are wonderful local festivals in so many different guises. These strike me as celebration of the wealth of talent that exists in every community.

This year Pianolobby is sponsoring 3 different events in South London. 2 are piano festivals and the other is a more general Arts event.

10426254_1387837918143593_692858298081513404_nThe first in the year in a brand new event, a competitive festival for pianists. This has been set up by Liz Giannopoulos from Encore music. It is open to pianist of all standards, but we are keen to support pianists at the beginning of their playing and we are sponsoring the grade 1-2 class. The festival is on Saturday 7th March. For more information go to www.batterseapianofestival.co.uk

 

logoNext in the year is the Dulwich festival, which celebrates everything Dulwich. It is an annual Arts festival in May and has a huge range of events. There are art exhibitions, music in all its shapes and forms, walks, street art, discussion groups, comedy and fairs where there are bouncy castles to beer tents and food stalls to jewelry stalls. The list could go on and on. We are sponsoring an event and will keep you posted which one it is when all is confirmed.Do keep an eye open for an updated website at www.dulwichfestival.co.uk

dulwichmusic_logoThe Dulwich Piano Festival is now a very well established annual event and a must for local pianists. It is run by the industrious Lorraine Liyanage who also runs the SE22 Piano School as well as so many other piano related events. Pianolobby is a proud event sponsor. The Piano Festival takes place on the 7th June at the James Allen Girls school. For more information have a look at the beautiful website which is: www.dulwichmusicfestival.co.uk

I hope to see you at these fantastic events.

 

The Pianolobby Start Line

canstockphoto14597531It is said that every beginner piano pupil should have the best piano that money can buy. The reason for this is that the pupil will hear and feel how a perfect piano sounds and feels.

Often we see pianos or ‘antique’ pianos for sale that are advertised as ideal starter pianists when in reality they are only ideal for scrapping. Pianos are like cars in that they have many moving parts which eventually wear out, neither improve with age. Violins that are well built do improve with age, there are no moving mechanical parts to wear out. Violins improve as the wood matures. image2

These starter pianos that do not function properly, sound and feel horrible and beginner pupils adapt to that instrument as the norm and develop bad and difficult to correct habits as a result.

I started Pianolobby as a reaction to my own piano pupils buying precisely these awful pianos. I wanted to attempt to unite my pupils with good and reasonably priced instruments. In an ideal world every piano pupil would be equipped with a beautiful Steinway or Bosendorfer grand piano, but sadly most of us are short of the £100,000+ or space for one of these magnificent instruments. imgres

Luckily there are many piano builders that produce pianos which are very good. However they are creeping up in price, new and used as everything else has done in recent years. We have also had a recession which has seen all of our incomes shrink.

Recently I have come across a number of people who have opted for digital pianos and even keyboards as an alternative. These are simply not good options for many reasons I cannot discuss here. I have a blog scheduled in early Spring to discuss this.

We at Pianolobby decided to set up Start Line as a way of providing ‘starter’ pianos that work properly and sound as a piano should but fits in a price bracket below £1000. Pianos are complicated tools and because of their complexity they are expensive and therefore it has been quite a challenge to find pianos that we are happy to sell, but we have made a start and the first pianos are now in stock.

They are listed in the showroom, found on the homepage, have a look and do come and give them a try. We would love your feedback on this project.

Thanks for reading.

If you have any piano related questions or topics that you would like discussing, please let me know. If you would like to submit a blog, we would welcome material written by you.

THE PIANOLOBBY JANUARY SALE…

canstockphoto2392738 (1)Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have all had a good Christmas.

Well, we have eaten our way through our turkeys, geese, sprouts, minced pies and mountains of chocolate, now onwards to clear our minds. imagesWhat better way than to play piano?

 

 

 

 

We have helped hundreds of people over the years to realise their dream and purchase a wonderful piano. Many of our customers have bought a piano for the first time, others we have helped upgrade to something better. U1X front

That new year resolution to self improvement can be to learn piano or brushing up on those piano skills. The piano repertoire is quite simply huge and learning even just a small corner of this wonderful music is quite a journey.

At Pianolobby we would like you to get going with your new years promise to yourself with our January sale.

The structure is very simple this year. Every Barber piano has a £200 discount on the listed price. Every Yamaha, Kawai, Kingsburg and Lippmann has been reduced in price by £100.

What corners are we cutting? None of them. Every piano keeps its warranty, free stool, free first tuning and free local delivery to a ground floor room.

If you would like more information or would like to book a viewing please call Julian on 020 3645 3930. You may prefer to write an email to julian@pianolobby.co.ukYamaha-21s-1966 1140x400px

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COMING SOON!

canstockphoto12108892Part of our Autumn collection of pianos will be arriving very soon. We feel that these particular pianos are a bit extra special.

imagesThere are 2 Yamaha U1’s. They are everything we would expect from this excellent piano builder. These 2 pianos have been so very well looked after, you would never guess their age.

imagesThe other gem is a Kawai. We are particularly fond of Kawai pianos and it was love at first playing with this one! It too has been very well cared for, feeling and sounding really wonderful.

Kingsburg blackOur final piano on this post is a Kingsburg. We usually stock the 115 model but this one we stumbled upon is taller and has a superb sound. It will also be great value as well!!

Keep an eye open for more information. As soon as they arrive, they will get added to this site.

Too book a viewing try our calendar service. Alternatively give us a call on 020 3645 3930. We like emails too, please write to julian@pianolobby.co.uk

The Anglo-American Duo

portrait3 (1)This blog focuses on the wonderful duo called the Anglo-American Duo. I have heard them perform many times now and they are stunning musicians.

The Anglo-American Duo specialize in music from America and Britain, drawing from a wide range of styles, periods, and genres. The Duo is comprised of American violinist Timothy Schwarz  and British pianist Jane Beament.

Tim has recorded solo and chamber music CD’s on Naxos and EMI, among others. He currently tours regularly in the United States and Europe, and is Assistant Professor at Kutztown University.

Jane has an international reputation as a contemporary music specialist, having given 50 premieres around the world. She is currently on faculty at Dulwich College in London.portrait4

As a duo they have given numerous British and world premieres. They have performed in over a dozen venues in the United Kingdom, including the London College of Music, Ealing Festival, Dulwich College, and Kingston University, among others. In 2011 they recorded works by David Osbon for the British recording label Music Chamber.portrait1

Other European concerts include a recent Italian tour, with performances at the Grumo Festival, Ludus Tonalis, and the Colle Ionci Cultural Association. In the USA, the Duo has performed at the University of Delaware, Kutztown University and the Abington Concert series (Philadelphia). Radio performances include Classic Shock on Radio Libera Tutti (Italy) and Simply Grand on WVIA (USA).

The Duo will tour the United Kingdom and the United States in the 2014-15 season. The UK tour dates are listed below as is their US tour dates if you fancy a trip State side.

London Tour

October 22 – November 3

Tuesday, October 28th at 1:10pm
University of Reading
Palmer Building, Whiteknights Campus
RG6 6UR Reading, UK

Wednesday, October 29th
Recital at 1:10pm, Violin Masterclass at 2:30pm

London College of Music
Lawrence Hall, Ranelagh Road, London W5

Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm
City of London School for Boys
Queen Victoria Street, London, EC4V 3AL

Saturday, November 1st at 7:30pm
Saint James Church Malden
Corner of Bodley Road and High Street
New Maiden, Surrey KT3 5QD

USA Tour

Saturday, March 21st at 7:30pm
The Chamber Music Series of Greater Johnstown
309 Lincoln Street, Johnstown, PA 15901

Monday, March 23rd at 7:30pm
Georgian Room at Kutztown University
15219 Kutztown Road, Kutztown, PA 19530

Friday, March 27th at 7:30pm
Chamber Music Series in the Old Chapel
Central Moravian Church
73 West Church Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONCERT: CELLO & PIANO. September 20th

y3 poster UK 1It isn’t our usual thing to advertise concerts here, but we thought this would be a bit special. It is a cello and piano recital of music inspired by folk music. The concert is titled foklore & fantasy and strikes us as a very interesting concept. Folk tradition in music has always been of interest to ‘classical’ composers who skillfully manage to weave this style into their own music.

This concert is performed by a great friend of Pianolobby, who has written a blogpost about life as a freelance cellist.

For this concert, Hannah is joined by the very talented pianist Jillian Jack in this recital. Both Hannah and Jillian are both graduates of the prestigious Juilliard School of music in New York.

Details of how to get tickets are on the attached poster.

If would like more information, Hannah can be contacted on 07921 761 772 or on email to hmsloane@gmail.com

See you there!!

German Ronisch Piano

Here is a German upright piano made by Ronisch in 1980. It might only be 110cm tall but it is a lot of piano is a small case.Ronisch

It is an ideal piano for beginners up to about grade 6. It has a sweet tone and medium/light weighted keys.

RonischRonisch are serious piano builders dating from 1845. They have maintained their traditional skills and blended them with modern technology. Our Ronisch piano is a good example of this tradition.

This piano is for sale at £1550 which includes free delivery, a stool, first tuning and a 3 year warranty.

To gather more useful tips about buying a piano there is a lot more information on this website. Click on the #Used Piano and #The Easy Way to Buy a Piano on the home page to find out more.

If you would like to discuss what you have read here or would like to book a visit to our London warehouse please call us on 020 3645 3930. If you prefer to write, please send an email to julian@pianolobby.co.ukRonisch

 

Magnificent Yamaha U3

The Yamaha U3 upright piano is a wonderful instrument and this particular piano is one of my favourites.U3

It was built in 1979 and has a wonderfully rich and warm tone which can be obtained from its beautifully balanced keys.

U3 Aug 14Our expert technicians have made sure that all is as it should be mechanically, the casework is also in excellent condition.

We are offering this piano for sale at £3200. This is a lot of piano, but we can also give you more! How about free delivery to a ground floor room? Yes. Free first tuning and free stool? Yes. There is also a 5 year warranty.

To gather more useful tips about buying a piano there is a lot more information on this website. Click on the #Used Piano and #The Easy Way to Buy a Piano on the home page.

Please feel free to give us a call if you would like to book a visit to our London warehouse, or to discuss anything else in this post. Our number is 020 3645 3930 and our email is julian@pianolobby.co.uk.

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Kawai

This is a Kawai HA20.Kawai HA20

We have to confess that we are big fans of Kawai here at Pianolobby. This one is no exception to that. It was built in late 1994 and has a medium warm tone from its medium weighted keys.

Kawai is run today by Hirotaka Kawai, employing over 5000 people and producing pianos of consistently high quality. The rich tonal qualities, advanced action response and attractive cabinets making these fine pianos an excellent choice for pianists of all abilities.

We are offering this piano for sale at £2400. That’s not all! You also get a 5 year warranty, free delivery to a ground floor room within the M25, free first tuning and free adjustable stool.

imagesTo gather more useful tips about buying a piano there is a lot more information on this website. Click on the #Used Piano and #The Easy Way to Buy a Piano on the home page.

If you would like to discuss what you have read here or would like to book a visit to our London warehouse please call us on 020 3645 3930. If you prefer to write, please send an email to julian@pianolobby.co.uk

Yamaha U1

U1It is beyond argument that Yamaha build brilliant pianos. And here’s another!

It was built in 1983 and  has a medium/bright tone. U1 3.2

We have made sure that everything is in order and everything works as it should.

We love this piano and offer it for sale at £3100. With this great piano you get 5 year warranty, free delivery to a ground floor room within the M25, free first tuning and an adjustable stool.

To gather more useful tips about buying a piano there is a lot more information on this website. Click on the #Used Piano and #The Easy Way to Buy a Piano on the home page.

If you would like to discuss what you have read here or would like to book a visit to our London warehouse please call us on 020 3645 3930. If you prefer to write, please send an email to julian@pianolobby.co.uk   photo