Yamaha and Pianist Magazine, in association with Classic FM, The Jazz and Jazzwise, present THE PIANISTS
If you’re passionate about your piano playing then make a note of THE PIANISTS, the acclaimed competition for outstanding amateur players. There’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to scale new heights and take your music from the living room to the stage of one of London’s most prestigious venues.
Following the highly successful inauguration of this biennial competition in 2005, entries for the 2007 event are now being sought from amateur jazz and classical pianists. Players must be over thirty years of age and must not derive their principal income from playing – it’s that simple! All you have to do is submit a short recording to the organisers and you could find yourself playing in front of a capacity audience at the Cadogan Hall in November.
But that’s only the beginning of the story.
Winners will also have the fantastic opportunity of being broadcast on Classic FM and The Jazz and achieving the ultimate dream for many an amateur pianist: the classical winner will play a movement from a concerto with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whilst the jazz winner scoops a set with Julian Joseph’s internationally acclaimed band at a major London venue. As many people will know Julian’s band stars some of the world’s hottest jazz players including saxophonist Steve Williamson and drummer Mark Mondiser. Both experiences will prove truly life-changing for the successful winners.
The first event for outstanding amateurs was a great success and received massive publicity culminating in a sellout final at the Cadogan Hall. Pianists Sabine Vinck and Eddy James triumphed and were named the UK’s most outstanding amateurs after dazzling the 1000 strong audience with fiery interpretations of Prokofiev’s Sonata No 1, a beautiful Clementi Sonata and a ‘Jazz Journey’ from the 1920s to the 1940s.
Unique to the UK, the aim of THE PIANISTS is to provide a high profile, professionally produced showcase for the country’s most passionate amateur piano players and assist them in reaching new levels whist promoting piano repertoire and piano playing to new audiences. This year’s judges include Noriko Ogawa, Martin Roscoe and Piers Lane for the classical category and Julian Joseph, Jamie Cullum, Jason Rebello and Gwilym Simcock for the jazz. THE PIANISTS scheme is supported by Classic FM, The Jazz and Jazzwise magazine, who will be covering all stages and providing regular information and updates throughout the year.
Closing date for entries is the 10th August followed by the semifinal in September. The six finalists will then be invited to perform at the Cadogan Hall in Sloane Square – one of the capital’s most prestigious venues – in November.
Yamaha’s Mike Ketley comments, ‘It gives me great pleasure to be once again launching our Competition for outstanding amateur pianists. There are many competitions for young, up-coming pianists but our scheme is unique in that it offers a real opportunity for talented adults who play for the sheer love of their art to enter a vibrant, stimulating and friendly environment amongst like-minded players. For amateur pianists the opportunity to perform with the Royal Philharmonic or Julian Joseph would otherwise be impossible. We found with our first event that the quality of amateur players throughout the UK was simply staggering, these people deserve a wider audience and that’s exactly what we provide.’
Pianist magazine’s Erica Worth adds, ‘The atmosphere of the Finals night in 2005 was electrifying. In fact, the atmosphere throughout the whole competition from the launch to the end was totally unique. That’s because all applicants were in for the sheer joy and love of the piano, not for the money and not because they had to do it. For those who made it to the semi finals and the finals, this their dream realized – that is, to actually perform like professionals on a big stage!’
For full details of how to enter and further information on rules please visit: www.thepianists.co.uk
Yamaha FG 6 - String Gig Bag - Fitted. N.B. Gig bag picture is for illustrative purpose and may differ slightly from shown
A modest budget no longer means putting up with a second-rate instrument, as the C40 ably demonstrates. Spruce tops, mahogany-like meranti backs and sides and real rosewood fingerboards and bridges ensure that this guitar is blessed with a quality of tone and playability that belies its affordable price tags. The C40 comes with chrome tuners. Yamaha C40 Features Top:…
Offered in the three most popular and widely used gauges, these strings are used by some of the most demanding and innovative players today. Gauges: 010, 013, 017, 026, 036, 046
External bracket securely mounts any speaker cabinet with a flat bottom on an Ultimate tripod. (1-1/2 (38 mm) tube). Bracket is compatible with most speakers.
Measures 4"x6" (102mmx152mm)
All hardware included for installation.
BMB-200k glass-reinforced polycarbonate fitting holds 100 lbs. (45.5 kg).
This new MG mixer is lighter and smaller than ever while offering some innovative new features. The MG102C is the ideal mixer for basic music production or live sound applications that require high sound quality from a relatively small number of input sources. This model is remarkably compact and lightweight, but no compromises have been made in sound quality. It even has built-in…
The optional BMS-10A Mic Stand Adaptor makes it easy to mount the mixer on a microphone stand.
Adjustment to virtually any height is possible with the screw rod height adjustment system. Simply rotare the seat to adjust height. Fixing bolts for the seat and the rod provide secure fixing Large Square Seat Design: 480(W)mm x 390(D)mm Large AL Die-cast Seat Mount Screw Rod (460-650 mm) 4 Double Braced Wide Stance Legs Large…
Integrated Solutions for Superior Live Sound Experienced musicians, performers, speakers, and club operators know the importance of a high-quality sound system with the right features and performance to deliver their sound. Where portability and convenience are important criteria, a system based on a high-performance Yamaha EMXseries…
Where portability and convenience are important criteria, a system based on a high-performance Yamaha EMX series powered mixer is definitely the way to go. In one integrated, portable unit you have a mixer to combine and balance your microphone, instrument, and line sources, effects to refine and polish your sound, and power to drive the main speakers and even monitor…
Yamaha FG700S Features
Solid Sitka Spruce Top.
Nato Back and Sides.
Black / White Body Binding.
High Gloss Natural Finish.
Yamaha FG720S Acoustic Guitar 650mm String Scale 100-118mm Body Depth 43mm Finger Board Width Diecast Chrome Peg Name Solid Sitka Spruce Top Nato Back and Sides Nato Neck Rosewood Fingerboard and Bridge
Left Handed Gloss finish, solid spruce top, cream body binding nato B&S. Generations of professional and amateur musicians remember – and still use – their first Yamaha FG. Now, Yamaha has found a way to apply innovative techniques developed for its high-end L-Series handcrafted models to improve tone and playability while maintaining outstanding value. The result: 15…
Yamaha FGX720SCA Features Top: Solid Sitka Spruce Back: Nato Side/Rib: Nato Neck: Nato Finger Board: Rosewood Bridge: Rosewood Body Depth: 100-118 mm (3 15/16"-4 5/8") Finger Board Width (Nut/Body): 43 mm (1 11/16") Peg Name: Diecast Chrome Pick Up System: System 55 1 way Strings Scale: 650 mm (25 9/16")
The FS series of guitars take their design from Yamaha’s flagship LS models. The grand auditorium design produces smooth, sweet sound with strong midrange and great presence and is perfect for finger picking styles. The FS720 features a Solid Sitka spruce top and nato back and sides alongside the premiums cosmetics of the FG720 – ultra thin finishes,…
The new mid-range MG series mixers offer refined looks and features in a lighter, smaller package. The falls comfortably in the middle of the MG mixer lineup, and deliver sound quality and advanced features such as channel compression that is unrivalled in this class. You can buy the MG124CX with confidence for a wide range of amateur or professional applications, particually if…
The MW series USB Mixing Studios are high-level analogue mixing desks with an integrated USB interface to transfer digital audio data to and from a Windows or Mac PC. Since Steinberg's DAW software Cubase AI4 is included in the MW package you'll get the basic elements of a powerful Computer Music Production System that's easy to set up and easy…
Hard case for the APX Series guitars.
Availability:Call for availability
Like all APX guitars, the APX700 has been designed for optimum performance and tone. The solid spruce top - known for its warm, mature overtones - is partnered by Nato back and sides and delivers a rich voicing, with a long ringing sustain. A new designed one-way pickup system in combination with an effective 3-Band EQ’s (with integrated tuner)…
Availability:Call 0844 815 0888
Classic Yamaha style bass guitars with modern features. Yamaha has the most impressive active endorsee list of bass players on the planet, which means Yamaha is listening to the best advise regarding designing bass quitars, and Yamaha factories produce some of the highest standard guitars available.
The four string Yamaha BB614 electric bass guitar features the…
Availability:Call 0844 815 0888
You get the original BB shape and style in a 5-string, crafted with a solid alder body and bolt-on maple neck. Plus you get versatile active electronics with 3-band cut/boost EQ and hot pickups to deliver the tones you want. A smooth rosewood fingerboard with pearloid oval inlays, rock-solid tuners, and and a specially designed vintage-style bridge that extends the…