2019 Christmas Recital: Do you smell carrots?

With snow flakes dancing in the air the 2019 Christmas Recital at Harcourt United Church in Guelph kicked off with a bang. The furious Cavalry Gallop by Dimitry Kabalevsky launched out of the gate and got things rolling. It turned out to be a recital of many firsts, with four players of varying ages performing for their very first time. The budding performers played the nursery rhythm favourites Old MacDonald and Are You Sleeping?, as well as a Gavotte by Handel and Christopher Norton’s After the Battle.

A few seasonal favourites were also on the program including Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and The First Noel. Audience members participated in singalongs of Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Deck the Halls and were also subjected to some questionable Christmas wit by the host, including jokes like:

What did one snowman say to the other?

“Do you smell carrots?” 🤣🤣🤣

It was also a concert of extremes. Some of the more tumultuous pieces included Burgmüller’s The Storm, Chopin’s Waltz in C# Minor, music by Philip Glass from the film, The Hours, and Grieg’s piano arrangement of In the Hall of the Mountain King. On the softer side, pieces like Anne Crosby Gaudet’s Angelfish, Ludovico Einaudi’s Primavera, William Gillock’s Moonlight Mood, as well as Felix Mendelssohn’s Consolation lulled the audience into a state of peace and well-being.

I also enjoyed the opportunity to debut my new Nocturne in front of a live audience. Please see the performance below.

Congratulations to all who took part and have a Merry Christmas, ho ho ho!

2019 Spring Recital

On Sunday, June 9 at Harcourt United Church, students took part in the 2019 Spring Recital. Once again audience members were treated to a variety of styles and talents. The recital kicked off with CPE Bach’s blisteringly fast Solfeggio followed by a piano arrangement of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. 

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Growing Strong: The 2018 Christmas Recital

For the first time the studio needed to find a new space for its annual Christmas recital. The comfy family room area of my home was no longer able to fit everyone because we just keep on growing in size! (pun intended) Fortunately, a church well known for its rich musical community, Harcourt United Church near downtown Guelph, was happy to accommodate us in its lovely sanctuary. Students could breathe a sigh of relief and invite whomever they wished, no longer having to worry about limited space.

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Springtime Sounds

Today students from the studio congregated to share some of the pieces they’ve been learning this spring. With summer around the corner it was an opportunity to bask in the warm glow of beautiful piano music. From Yankee Doodle to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the audience was serenaded by music from many time periods and places.

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2017 A Year in Pictures

As some of you may know, one of my hobbies is photography. This past year was a major period of growth and experience in this endeavour. I upgraded from a smart phone to a real-deal camera; learned about lenses and techniques; and became an Instagram addict. Photography has been a healthy balance to my music. It certainly involves a lot more walking around. To cap off 2017 I thought, what better idea than to combine the two!

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A Very Laid Back Christmas Recital

On Sunday, December 10 2017 my studio held its very first recital in the comfort of our large walk-out basement area. With the fire roaring in the background early attendees sang Christmas carols as we broke out into a spontaneous singalong while waiting for everyone to arrive.

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Why All Pianists Should Learn the Basics of Piano Tuning

It was the dress rehearsal on the eve of my cousin’s wedding. We all gathered in the chapel to go over the ceremony. As the professional musician in the family I am sometimes the go-to person for these sorts of things. Happy to help out, all I asked was that there was a working piano there. I was assured there was…

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