Suppliers in focus: Sarah Haywood Photography

Sarah Haywood Photography An article by Robbie Roberts What can I say, I had a fab time at my photoshoot with Sarah. She instantly put me at my ease, creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. She was professional throughout and made sure she got the best out of me for the photos. I would highlyContinue reading “Suppliers in focus: Sarah Haywood Photography”

Suppliers in focus: Cake Fantastique

Suppliers in focus: Cake Fantastique An article by Robbie Roberts This article is all about cakes. In particular, the cakes made by Samantha Strecker who runs her own business, Cake Fantastique. Anyone who has met Samantha or seen or eaten one of her cakes will know that you’d be hard pressed to find a moreContinue reading “Suppliers in focus: Cake Fantastique”

Playing By Ear

I am often asked how it is I can play the piano by ear and I have never really provided an adequate answer. This article is an attempt to explain what playing by ear means to me, how and why I do it, and what the pros and cons are. What is playing by ear?Continue reading “Playing By Ear”

‘Try before you buy’ works with wedding music too!

The live music at your wedding is an important part of the day. It may not be the most expensive part, but it can be one of the most memorable, so it’s important to get it right! One way of ensuring you get it right is to not only watch and listen to video andContinue reading “‘Try before you buy’ works with wedding music too!”

What to think about when booking a wedding pianist

Booking live music for your wedding at first may seem like a fairly easy transaction. You find someone who plays the instrument you like and the songs you want played at your wedding, and you book them. Then they turn-up and play. Easy! Well, it may seem that easy, but in order for the musicalContinue reading “What to think about when booking a wedding pianist”

Am I a keyboard player or a pianist?

This is an article about what I see as the differences between keyboards and pianos, both in terms of the instruments themselves and how to play them. I am not technical at all but I do play both piano and keyboard and therefore also offer my limited insights into how smart technology can help youContinue reading “Am I a keyboard player or a pianist?”

The Piano in the Corner – theoretical misgivings

My parents bought a piano for my sister to start having lessons, at around the age of six. I would’ve been around three years old at that time – too young to have lessons, but old enough to be intrigued by the musical piece of furniture in the corner of the room. I began toContinue reading “The Piano in the Corner – theoretical misgivings”

The Piano in the Corner – a preface

I love playing the piano. It was my favourite toy as kid, and still is. It was the skill I mastered quicker than any other. It became a thing that others wanted to hear me play, rather than just being forced to. It was how I came to be involved in amateur dramatics and schoolContinue reading “The Piano in the Corner – a preface”

The last leg

I have been in training for the Edinburgh marathon for what feels like forever. Actually I’ve only been training in earnest for just over four months, but now it is beginning to drag. I have lost the motivation to stick to my training plan, but stick to it I begrudgingly am. The last marathon IContinue reading “The last leg”

Breathing

In the cold of a winter morningI hear you‘neath the waves of the summer seaI feel your every moveI live out all your momentsIn time zone of my ownAnd I pray for youWhen I am alone Amongst commuter hustleLies a charming stillThe blur of crowdsCreates a smooth surrenderI travel back in timeTo the place thatContinue reading “Breathing”