Frances Wilson

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.
Painting the ocean: Turner and the Sea at the National Maritime Museum

The first ever exhibition of J.M.W. Turner's marine paintings offers a unique insight into the creative life of Britain's greatest sea painter and celebrates his life-long fascination with the sea.

Friday 22nd November 2013 Read more...
Darkness visible: Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall

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.

Wednesday 6th November 2013 Read more...
Everyday observations and biting social commentary in 19th-century Paris: Daumier: Visions of Paris at the Royal Academy

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.

Tuesday 29th October 2013 Read more...
Alexandre Tharaud plays Bach, Schubert and Chopin at Wigmore Hall

French pianist Alexandre Tharaud gave a performance of Schubert's Moments Musicaux, Chopin's Fantasy in F minor and a rarely-performed Bach keyboard concerto at Wigmore Hall.

Tuesday 29th October 2013 Read more...
Insightful and Intimate: Imogen Cooper plays Schubert

Imogen Cooper's performance of Schubert's last three piano sonatas at Wigmore Hall was absorbing, insightful and intimate, despite a number of issues with the piano.

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 Read more...
Igor Levit plays Beethoven's last sonatas at Queen Elizabeth Hall

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.

Friday 4th October 2013 Read more...
The Keeper's House at the Royal Academy of Arts

The Keeper's House at the Royal Academy of Arts is now open to the public following a major redevelopment, and offers visitors to Burlington House a glimpse beyond the spacious formal galleries. 

Monday 30th September 2013 Read more...
Proms Chamber Music 8: Dowland's seductive melancholy with Ian Bostridge and Fretwork

The sublime voice of Bostridge seems made for John Dowland's bittersweet laments, and this chamber Prom saw the singer joined by lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and viol consort Fretwork at Cadogan Hall.

Tuesday 3rd September 2013 Read more...
Proms Chamber Music 3: Britten up close

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.

Tuesday 30th July 2013 Read more...
A snapshot of contemporary art: the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2013

The Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition is a glorious mish-mash. There is something for everyone here, and it provides an inspiring and enjoyable celebration of contemporary art in the UK.

Monday 8th July 2013 Read more...
A feast for the eyes: elBulli - Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food at Somerset House

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. 

Thursday 4th July 2013 Read more...
Ives and Brahms with Marc-André Hamelin at Wigmore Hall

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.

Monday 1st July 2013 Read more...
The Lawson Piano Trio and Clare Hammond in recital at Wigmore Hall

This Park Lane Group concert at Wigmore Hall brought together pianist Clare Hammond with the Lawson Piano Trio for an enjoyable programme of Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Bach and Ginastera.

Tuesday 18th June 2013 Read more...
The pleasures of paint: Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume at Tate Britain

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. 

Monday 3rd June 2013 Read more...
Quartet for the End of Time at Queen Elizabeth Hall

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.

Monday 13th May 2013 Read more...
A short walk through the history of British Art: Tate Britain's new hang

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.

Monday 13th May 2013 Read more...
Preludes and pictures: Alexander Gavrylyuk debuts at Wigmore Hall

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.

Tuesday 30th April 2013 Read more...
The soul of Chopin: Janina Fialkowska at Wigmore Hall

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.

Tuesday 9th April 2013 Read more...
A birthday happening for Stephen Montague at St John's Smith Square

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.

Wednesday 13th March 2013 Read more...
Magical Mitsuko: Bach, Schoenberg and Schumann at the Royal Festival Hall

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.

Thursday 7th March 2013 Read more...
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