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Rick Wakeman Adds Second Royal Albert Hall Date

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Adding to the existing run of dates celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rick Wakeman’s concept album “Journey To The Centre Of The Earth”, an extra date at London’s Royal Albert hall has been added on Monday 28 April.

In addition, a date at Nottingham Arena has also been...

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Late Pianist Gives $100,000 To West Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

A West Virginia native who earned a spot to play piano with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as a teenager in 1955 never forgot the experience.

James Cresce would go on to major in music and play around the country, including at the Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, restaurants and even a stint...

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Nik Kershaw To Release Reissue Of ‘The Riddle’

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Nik Kershaw is to continue his reissues series with an expanded 2CD edition of his 1984 album ‘The Riddle’ on August 12th that will see the original album alongside eleven bonus tracks featuring live versions, b-sides and remixes.


CD1 – Don Quixote / Know...

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Robert Finley To Perform At Yamaha Recital Room

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Robert Finley, winner of the 2012 Amateur Piano Competition, will be performing at Chappell’s dedicated Yamaha recital room on Tuesday, August 13th.

The retired electronics engineer’s recital will include Chopin, Wagner and Quilter and will be free to attend. However, demand for the...

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Sparks Confirm Last Stripped-Down Dates

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Sparks will bring their stripped-down live show back to the UK for one last tour in November before starting work on their 23rd album.

The trek is entitled The Revenge Of Two Hands One Mouth and follows on from the success of last year’s series of performances.

Ron played keys while...

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Pianist John Briggs Charged With Sex Offences

Friday, July 26th, 2013

A renowned concert pianist who was appointed an MBE has been charged with sex offences against boys. John Briggs, 65, is accused of assaulting three males, two of whom were under 16, in the 1990’s.

He is charged with four counts of indecent assault on a male and one count of indecency...

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OMD Cancel Remaining 2013 Shows

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

British synth-pop act Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark have cancelled the remainder of their 2013 tour after drummer Malcolm Holmes was hospitalised last week.

The musician was taken ill with heat exhaustion during the band’s show in Toronto, Canada last Friday and transported to a local...

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Sir Elton John To Receive Brits Icon Award

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Sir Elton John is set to be the first ever person to receive the Brits Icon Award, a significant new gong created by the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI), Gigwise reports.

The award will become part of the Brit Awards ceremonies and will honor artists who have had a huge impact on British...

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Pet Shop Boys Top Official Record Store Chart

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The pop veterans’ latest album, Electric, has gone straight in at Number 1 on the Official Record Store Chart.

The Pet Shop Boys’ Electric was the most purchased album in the UK’s independent record shops last week the Official Charts Company can reveal.

Neil Tennant and Chris...

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Young Syrian Pianist Wins Prestigious Award

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

The Norah Sande Award, an international piano competition held annually in Eastbourne, was won this month by Syria’s leading young pianist Riyad Nicolas.

Riyad graduated from London’s Royal Academy of Music in 2011 and has been delighting international audiences and competition adjudicators...

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Classical music virtuoso who plays piano and tablet

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Conrad Tao is a 19-year-old virtuoso who tries to push the limits of classical music by combining tradition and technology. His experiments include compositions for piano and iPad as well as stage performances with a bright pink toy piano.

Tao, a New Yorker, began playing children’s songs...

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Prominent Pianist Charged In Child Pornography Case

Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Cobb County police arrested prominent pianist Todd Skrabanek and charged him with possessing and distributing child pornography.

Detectives said Skrabanek, 46, worked with children throughout metro Atlanta giving piano lessons. They said they are concerned about the possibility of victims throughout...

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Stevie Wonder To Boycott Florida

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Following the acquittal last weekend of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Stevie Wonder says he won’t perform in Florida or anywhere else that recognizes the “Stand Your Ground” law, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The law permits the use...

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Keyboardist Writes Song For Murdered Son

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

For Jim Widdifield, the question is how to turn a negative into a positive.

There can be nothing but negative in having your son, Craig Widdifield, gunned down, but Jim is hoping some good will come of such an awful experience.

As a musician, his first response to Craig’s death on...

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Warren Keyboardist Joins Steve Vai

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

An 18-year-old rock keyboard player and Pingry graduate is on his way to Australia to join rock guitar virtuoso Steve Vai on a tour of Asia and the Pacific Rim.

Keyboardist Michael Arrom, of Warren, a 2013 graduate of The Pingry School in Basking Ridge, will join Vai and his band for his “Story...

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