Musical Background & Music Links
Music is continually being added to the website, including the above - my personal KP Music Website
I hope you will take the opportunity to listen to some of the recordings.
Mixed genre of music from 1920's - Big Band Swing, Jazz, Latin, Romance, Dance, Musicals, Featuring Yamaha Genos, Yamaha CVP 709, Piano and Vocals
I have been performing concerts since July 2008 in South West London, Surrey, East Hampshire and West Sussex. I have state of the art sound equipment with a professional stage sound system, Bose L1 Compact Model, which produces high quality sound.
I have played at Student Master Classes at the Hindhead Music Centre and my compositions have been performed in Guildford Cathedral and also on Classic FM over a four year period.
I play both the piano and keyboard and perform vocals with the new Yamaha Genos TRX, which is Yamaha's flagship keyboard - an incredibly exciting instrument, which can produce stunning effects.
I have Logic software plus various orchestral programmes such as Garage Band, Main Stage, Garritan Personal Orchestra and Komplete Ultimate Bundle. This has allowed me to explore the art of orchestration and I am enjoying the challenge of learning how to do this.
I can offer a diverse programme of music on my top of the range, professional keyboard playing a wide selection of music genre. In addition, the extensive repertoire includes music from the Shows and Musicals and a great many popular melodies from the Great American Song Book. Some of these are original arrangements and all come fully orchestrated with Big Band settings.
The extensive song library featuring professional vocal backing tracks and these are performed with Stage Sound Bose L1 Compact Model system.
I have played at a variety of venues and clubs for various occasions and am available to entertain you as a Vocalist with individually tailored programmes and with access to around 2,000 commercial backing tracks - Soirees, Charity Evenings, Corporate Events, Private Functions and Informal Performances.
I completed a four year recording contract with Empire Recording Studios resulting in three albums now available on multiple online download stores, including Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Shazam etc - MOMENTS, MOMENTS TO REMEMBER & MOMENTS OF ROMANCE
My Musical Journey
I started piano lessons, aged 7, with a very prim and utterly humourless teacher called Miss Butler. She wore a severe grey bun and spectacles, held very rigid views and was unable to comprehend my ability at such a young age to memorise all that was put before me and my desire to bash out a tune for enjoyment. Subsequently complaining to my Mother, who sugested that perhaps she should teach me something more interesting like jazz, for instance was met with outrage – hence the early demise of those lessons!
However, I still love to play by ear. During the twelve years we lived in London, I joined the Kensington Symphony Orchestra having learned the violin at school. We performed many concerts including one in Smith Square, London that was broadcast on Radio 3 for the premier performance of Elgar's Piano Concerto. I also joined the Philbeach Society for a number of years performing in amateur operatic shows at The Barbican and Ealing. (photos of me in a Pop Opera and Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers).
We moved down to Surrey nearly 30 years ago, I took up piano again and also joined the Surrey Police Choir with whom I sang for 13 years. I have played at Student Master Classes at the Hindhead Music Centre in Surrey and my own compositions have been performed in Guildford Cathedral and also on National radio (Classic FM) over a four year period.
I became critically ill with Major System Failure and partial organ failure followed by two strokes as a result of acute septicaemia, from a chronic bone marrow illness 21 years ago and now I am largely housebound, so being able to share my music globally is a great privilege for me.
I am one of the administrative team for Keyboard Player, an online music forum where those who play the piano, organ and any type of keyboard can share their music - and this is a daily pleasure, which keeps me pretty busy!
In spite of my life changing in ways that I could never have envisaged, with the support of my loving husband and children and never ending encouragement from all my friends, and others out in the community, even through counselling, I have discovered many things that I am now able to do with drastically changed personal circumstances with the music, art, cookery book, website design. In addition, I am now writing a book, as described above, as well as now giving singing lessons, it really is possible to re-invent the wheel!
I am once again performing concerts as a vocalist locally and these are themed, flexible and diverse and so far I have more than 80 programmes, which are constantly work in progress!
I had the privilege of working with Empire Recording Studios over four years recording three albums - MOMENTS, MOMENTS TO REMEMBER AND MOMENTS OF ROMANCE launched on iTunes, Amazon and other global download stores - information about this can be found under ALBUMS, above.
My Musical Instruments
Although, I have a 1929 Steck Grand Duo Art Piano Player and an amazing library of pianola rolls, it was suggested I should try keyboards as playing piano was now rather difficult as a result of my first stroke – and I quickly (and expensively!) bought and sold a variety of pianos and keyboards – starting with a DGX 620 (not for me!), replaced in fairly quick succession with a Tyros 2, then Tyros 3, Tyros 4, Tyros 5 and very recently the new Yamaha Flagship Genos digital arranger workstation, which is now coupled with the TRX system.
I also had a Technics PRS804 which was superseded by Yamaha Clavinovas 509, 609 and now the 709.
I joined the Yamaha Club in 2007 who have been a fantastic resource for technical knowledge for all things musical and have attended their annual Events. I have also had a number of articles published in their bi-monthly magazine.
I use these instruments with Logic Pro X, together with various excellent software programmes.
I also love to sing and have about 2,000 commercial backing tracks as well as my own arrangements. I started up my music business in 2007, initially with another musician and to date have performed more than 300 concerts throughout Surrey.
Keyboard Player is an exciting Keyboard Forum, Organ and Piano Club For Keyboard Music Creators and Listeners newly launched in August 2014.
The forum was created by Barry Cowles and is jointly administrated together with Judy Short from USA.
I am a Moderator of this Forum and anyone interested in having a look at this fun forum, which has an active global membership.
I now head up both the Instrumental and the Vocal Challenges, which is proving to be very popular and showcasing the amazing talents of KP members. We have a great team who manage the monthly Challenges for all different aspects of music and we try to be innovating and interesting.
I am also a member of PSR Tutorial, this is a USA based music forum for those who play all models of Yamaha Keyboards, although much valuable technical information is exchanged on this site as well a musical postings from across the Yamaha range of keyboards.