Frances read Anglo-Saxon and Medieval English at the University of Exeter, and worked for ten years in specialist fine art publishing and antiquarian bookselling before she had her son. A classically-trained pianist, she holds a Diploma (Distinction) in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and runs a popular private piano teaching studio. In between reviewing concerts and exhibitions, and studying with international concert pianist, Penelope Roskell, she blogs on music, pianism and culture as The Cross-Eyed Pianist. Frances lives in south-west London with her husband, son, and Burmese cat, Freddy.
Marc-André Hamelin demonstrated his extraordinary pianistic artistry in this Wigmore Hall concert featuring works by Medtner, Janáček, Ravel and Hamelin himself – a brooding Barcarolle receiving its London première.
Biting satirical lithographs alongside empathetic depictions of everyday people going about their daily lives, together with sculptures and paintings, are on offer in the Royal Academy's new exhibition of French artist Honoré Daumier.
This was an ambitious programme for a young performer – Beethoven's final three piano sonatas – and there were times when the Herculean effort of all those notes threatened to overwhelm Igor Levit. But it is going to be very interesting to watch him develop.
Celebrating the composer's centenary, this chamber music Prom concentrated on some of Benjamin Britten's more intimate compositions for voice and piano, and voice and guitar. Performers included James Gilchrist and Imogen Cooper.
ElBulli - Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House is a celebration of the creativity and innovation of chef Ferran Adrià of the legendary elBulli, and the first ever exhibition to focus on a restaurant.
Piano sonatas by Johannes Brahms and Charles Ives seemed at first to be an unlikely pairing, but in fact the two works sat comfortably together in this Wigmore Hall recital from master pianist Marc-André Hamelin.
Tate Britain throws open a pair of giant pink hospital doors to celebrate the work of two outstanding British painters, Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume, whose names have become indelibly associated with Pop Art and the YBAs.
Focusing on two chamber works composed in straitened circumstances during the Second World War, this The Rest is Noise concert featured top performers Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Denis Kozhukhin and Jörg Widmann. This was chamber music of the highest order.
The newly re-hung British Art display at Tate Britain marks the first major re-hang of its permanent collection since 2000, with some interesting and unexpected juxtapositions and by-ways along the timeline from c.1500 to the present day.
The sparkling virtuosity of Alexander Gavrylyuk was given an unexpected opportunity to make its debut at Wigmore Hall when Cédric Tiberghien withdrew at short notice. The resulting recital – Mozart, Rachmaninov and Mussorgsky – was a masterful display of pianism.
Just a day before her BBC Music Magazine award win for her Chopin CD, Janina Fialkowska gave an all-Chopin recital at Wigmore Hall. The woman described by Arthur Rubinstein as "a natural born Chopin interpreter" did justice to the plaudits she has received.
As concerts go, this was definitely the most unusual, challenging and amusing of musical experiences, as one would expect from one of the most distinctive composers working today: Stephen Montague's 70th birthday happening was an event to remember.
Mitsuko Uchida's sellout performance at the Royal Festival Hall spoke for itself on Wednesday night, with absorbing, exquisite performances of works by J.S. Bach, Arnold Schoenberg and Robert Schumann.
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