Gaspard Music Academy Elia Stavrou

Renovating leather to Ravel: Chatting with the Gaspard Music Academy

It is not every day that you smell the repairing of designer shoes, handbags and jackets when entering your practice space. Tucked into the foot of Twickenham’s striking Richmond Bridge is an unlikely pairing of services: a third generation family leather shop and an innovative musical hub, the Gaspard Music Academy.
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ODD DOG OUT: A vibrant musical tonic to months of lockdown learning

The narration of children’s books through music is a tale as old as time; from Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ to Julia Donaldson’s ‘The Gruffalo’. The rise of Disney added animation as an enticing visual dimension to musical books and modern technology has enhanced this further. The immediate accessibility and creative potential of videos and apps are the future of multimedia books and enables their use as fun educational resources for schools and families.

One quintet passionate about multimedia music education is the Magnard Ensemble…

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Piano Care in Pandemic Time

In the words of Beethoven, music can change the world. With the coronavirus raging war, instruments have seen livelier days. Though many now sit neglected and unloved while students feud with finding practice rooms. Have a piano? We say revive it by renting it out. mushRoom connects musical spaces with musicians to build communities. Together with Markson Pianos, we impart the essentials of COVID-19 piano care so you can safely host students and musicians in your space.

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Lewis & his ‘Rehearsal Rooms’

A classical pianist and music teacher himself, Lewis has created a tranquil corner for his Yamaha C2X grand piano to reside, alongside his adorable black cat, Figaro. We recently paid a visit to Lewis’s North Acton home on a bright crispy February afternoon; when we turned the corner and saw the name of the building, we laughed out loud. Could this place be more perfect?
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Horses for Courses – Listenpony are music to our ears

London-based Listenpony is a great example of what can be done when artists think outside the box. Three music graduates decided to set up Listenpony, the plan was to create “A place to put on our music and the music of our friends at an event they would enjoy regardless of whether or not they were new music fanatics.”

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Flautist Vicky and Mia the cat

Flautist Vicky’s childhood piano now lives with her and her own family in North London’s Swiss Cottage, making it the perfect place for pianists, acoustic duos and solo musicians to practice, compose and play.

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