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Amateur Pianists' Performance Event
London Pianists and Singers warmly invite you to join us for this Performance Event for amateur pianists of all levels: for those who are preparing for grade exams, are unaccustomed to playing in front of others, returning to playing after a break and others wishing to improve their performance technique. An amateur pianist is anybody whose occupation is not teaching piano or performing on the piano. There are other performance events specifically for advanced and professional pianists. This Performance Event gives players an opportunity to perform a piece or pieces of their own choice (classical, jazz, improvisations or songs) in front of a supportive audience of like-minded fellow-pianists and friends. If you have played a piece before you may of course play it again. The idea is to encourage people to perform. We each play one piece at a time and go round the group in turn. This usually gives everybody the chance to play up to 3 pieces each. You can decide on the day whether you wish to play and whether to play one or more pieces. We encourage learner pianists of all levels to come (from about grade 3 upwards). There are always really good amateur pianists at these performance events but that should not put you off. Pianists know how nerve-wracking it is to play solo piano in front of other people so they're always supportive when others play. We will play on an old Bechstein grand in St Thomas' Hospital. There is no charge for attending; the cost of maintaining and tuning the piano is generously funded by Guy's and St. Thomas' Charity: https://www.gsttcharity.org.uk. Guests and friends are most welcome as are people who would like to observe and listen. Please note that this is a public piano and London Pianists and Singers can't guarantee its availability at the scheduled time.

St Thomas' Hospital

Westminster Bridge Road · London SE1 ZEH

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    What we're about

    This is a group for pianists, guitarists, singers and other instrumentalists who wish to perform in front of an audience of like-minded musicians. It is open to musicians at all levels from learners to professionals (not true beginners, probably, since you should be able to play something , however simple). Pianists might like to perform pieces they are preparing (grade pieces or anything else). Singer/songwriters might like to try out their songs or gain experience performing in front of others. Instrumentalists might wish to play duets. We organise a variety of performance events to bring musicians together and have fun. There is no commercial interest - all performance events are organised on a cost-share basis. Spectators are welcome (at most events at no cost) - just RSVP and come along. This is a good way for potential performers to check things out.

    Since setting up this meet up we have organised well over 100 music events of different kinds. Previously we organised events on the Music Meetup.

    We organise piano events specifically for adult learners (from about ABRSM grade 3 up to about grade 7 standard). This will be an opportunity for any nervous adults to try out their pieces knowing that there will be a few fluffs and stumbles. There will also be piano events for the accomplished players (grade 8 standard, diploma level and above). This will be an opportunity for the expert players to meet others at a similar level and hear them playing. Singers' events will generally be for all standards and genres. But if there is demand we will put on more specific events.

    Please note that we are very strict about no shows. The RSVP is very simple to use: if you can't come just cancel it. This is valid right up to the time of the event. No shows are automatically excluded from future events unless there is a plausible reason for not being able to click the button.

    Melody instruments (sax, violin, flute and so on) are welcome at piano events providing they have some form of accompaniment (piano or guitar).

    Here are some of the venues we use:

    http://steinberg-music.com/steinberg-studio/

    http://www.etceteratheatre.com (http://www.etceteratheatre.com/)

    http://www.wvhall.com (http://www.wvhall.com/)

    http://www.1901artsclub.com (http://www.1901artsclub.com/)

    http://www.hanna-pianos.co.uk/

    http://www.peregrines-pianos.com/

    If you're a keen musician, of any age, you'll be very welcome (including children if accompanied by parents or teachers).

    We want to be an open and inclusive group that encourages people to participate in musical performance events. We also welcome all suggestions for music events. So if you have an idea for a music event please put it forward. We're also interested to hear of good venues, particularly those which have a good piano.

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