Festival organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the
Orcome Trust and the Midlothian Instrumental Music Service.
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Pentland Piano Festival - 17 March
second running of the Pentland Piano Festival once again displayed the
wealth of musical talent across the Lothians, Borders, and further
afield, with two young visitors from Germany. Finn Sellhorn and Henrike Fabienne Resch flew in from Hamburg to take part in the event. .
founder and leader Graham McDonald, music teacher at Penicuik Beeslack
Community High School, as well as a widely known and
acknowledged pianist, opened and led the event throughout the
day. Despite the return of snow, wind, and bitter temperatures as low
as -3 degrees. we were once again privileged to hear many up and coming young
the day a series of classes were held with pianists of all ages and
abilities presenting to those who dropped in to hear them. Of course
parents, extended families and friends of the players were there, but
others dropped in when they heard what was going on. Our resident
adjudicator Peter Antonelli MBE was on
hand to provide guidance and feedback to the players, adding several
talks with the audience of what is important to a young musician
learning an instrument, and how parents and friends can help the
student on what can be at times a tough learning journey.
evening the concert attracted almost a hundred visitors, again fighting
the snowstorms and still bitter temperatures to listen to a wide range
of piano music genres, and styles, from a selection of players
returning after their morning sessions. If you wondered if a piano can
sing, then you should come along to one of these concerts to hear just
how it can be done.
The event organisers
would like to thank all those who entered this non competitive
gathering of pianists, their families and friends for providing them
support as they learn.
The Festival will return in 2019 with yet more up and coming musicians trying out their skills to us all in the audience.
Updated 19 March