Celebrating the ivories on Earth Piano Working day… by Mick Flannery, Josepha Madigan and much more

Celebrating the ivories on Earth Piano Working day… by Mick Flannery, Josepha Madigan and much more


Award-successful singer-songwriter

I gave up piano classes at 14 decades aged and switched to the guitar. The way in which piano/songs was getting taught didn’t appeal to me. I made use of “three-chord trick” guides to figure out the guitar, mastering tracks I liked, not all those approved by classical teaching. The guides also taught me the fundamental structure of tracks in basic, one thing classical education didn’t instruct me. I went back again to the piano with this newfound know-how and I’ve made use of the piano ever since to publish songs of my possess.

Mick Flannery
Mick Flannery

I was intensely influenced by Tom Waits’s use of the piano, but there ended up myriad kinds of taking part in to attract inspiration from, be it Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, Carole King. The piano appears to be irreplaceable in some of my favourite tracks – Grapefruit Moon, Ga on My Head, Consider – and the actuality that an whole singing session requirements no additional accompaniment speaks to how considerably joy this instrument can deliver.

Transport constraints apart, I feel it is the most multipurpose and impressive devices out there to people, preserve possibly the human voice. Owning each hands free to create melody in bass and treble ranges offers the participant a enormous scope of risk. Along with that there is dynamic selection in each and every vital and the arrival of maintain in the pedal procedure. It’s a wonderful development, and I’m quite grateful to have used numerous fulfilling hrs in its company.


Classical pianist and inventive director

Fiachra Garvey. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Fiachra Garvey. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

I begun enjoying the piano aged five, mainly because of to a pricey relatives good friend identified as Greta, who had finished up in Ireland when her family fled Nazi-occupied Vienna. My mum labored with Greta and turned extremely shut close friends with her. I keep in mind currently being a very little boy sitting down on the sofa looking at the BBC proms with Greta she adored new music. She experienced an upright piano and inspired my mothers and fathers to deliver my sister and me to tunes classes. She gave me that piano and I continue to have it at my parents’ home to this working day. Unfortunately Greta is no more time with us but she unquestionably had a significant element to engage in in my introduction to songs. I also ought to admit the substantial sacrifices of my mother and father to make it achievable for me to have a musical education and learning.

In phrases of mental wellbeing, tunes is just the fantastic form of meditation and escapism from truth. When I’m practising I try to convert off my phone to ensure I have no distractions, as you genuinely only achieve the biggest outcomes from practice when you are tremendous centered. Compact quantities of quality time used is the critical. It is a privilege to do one thing you appreciate as a musician. It is a vocation, and with it there are big sacrifices one particular has to make, but the positives enormously outweigh any perceived negatives, and in the long run audio just brings me this kind of pleasure, particularly collaborating with others and sharing musical experiences with amazing colleagues. For me music is totally essential for a pleased and tranquil intellect.


Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion

I commenced finding out the piano when I was quite younger and used to go to piano classes each 7 days. My mom and dad normally considered in the relevance of audio and remaining equipped to engage in an instrument, and they ended up definitely right. I see that now as a mother or father myself. I have usually enjoyed the escape that audio could give, in particular right after a challenging working day.

The piano in certain presented a fantastic challenge to operate tricky and create one thing beautiful. I remember the extended several hours of exercise, which could be annoying at situations, specifically when operating on a specifically sophisticated piece, but was generally worthwhile. Being in a position to attain some degree of means and ease and comfort enjoying a particular piece of tunes was truly worth all the practice. It also delivers me a fantastic feeling of inner serene and own wellbeing. To this working day, while I do not normally have the time to perform the piano incredibly a great deal any a lot more, I come across that it is a talent that a particular person never really forgets.

Josepha Madigan
Josepha Madigan

It is very similar to riding a bike in that way. If I was to sit in front of a piano now, I unquestionably would not have the capacity that I applied to have when I was young. Even so, it is a talent that is always there somewhere in the again of your brain. As if your muscle mass and joints in no way truly entirely ignore the capability to dance close to the piano keys. So even though my piano-playing capacity these times might be rusty in the serious, I feel it would be less complicated to revive than if I was discovering piano completely from scratch once more. That is the magic of new music. It by no means truly leaves you.


Award-profitable singer-songwriter from Belfast

Duke Special. Photograph: Scarlet Page
Duke Particular. Photograph: Scarlet Web page

My mother and father convey to me the 1st time I cried was when my granny performed Danny Boy on the piano. She was already deaf and near to the stop of her existence, and I was however a toddler. In earlier several years, my granny had taught piano to my mother and her five siblings. My cousins and my 3 more mature sisters also sat under her stern but type tutelage. Knitting-needle correction with a heat coronary heart. She died when I was two but the piano remained.

For many many years to appear when visiting my aunt, who continued to are living in the property my mother was born in, it wouldn’t get extended in advance of I would enter the fantastic entrance home, which disregarded the Square. Prompt silence as I shut the doorway guiding me and crossed the thick flower-patterned carpet to where the piano lived. A different entire world.

I grew up in Downpatrick, the place I turned much better acquainted with our own piano, losing myself in its colours and environment, oblivious to the appears of my friends enjoying football in Ardenlee Gardens. When I engage in on stage now, I like the piano loud since I want to feel inside its sound, to reduce myself the moment yet again.

1 of the epiphanies for me seeking to do new music for a living was looking at the movie Assistance!, which I assume was proven on Tv set the evening John Lennon was killed. Observing the Beatles conduct You’ve Bought to Hide Your Love Absent as a 10-calendar year-old established something in motion. Creating and playing new music is a big section of who I am and on a basic level will allow me to specific myself.


Tutorial and initially tutor for Irish regular songs for piano
I have been taking part in piano since I was equipped to climb up on a piano stool. My mom, Dympna, was a effectively-recognised piano instructor in Co Clare for additional than 60 many years. That meant there was a gentle easing in from toying with the piano to official lessons. I couldn’t get sufficient of it. My early music training was centred on western classical music. I began actively playing standard tunes on whistle and fiddle and tailored these tunes for piano. My type progressed from playing with community standard musicians and listening to recordings of the Tulla and Kilfenora Céilí bands and pianists Bridie Lafferty and Josephine Keegan.

The game changer for me, as an accompanist, arrived when I read the participating in of Charlie Lennon on the recording The Banking companies of the Shannon in which he accompanies the accordion participant Paddy O’Brien and fiddle player Seamus Connolly. His strategy, while harmonic, was melodically constructed. In excess of time my fashion changed from being chordal to a much more melodic solution to accompaniment.

I really like taking part in piano as a solo, introspective point and for the duration of the lockdowns I experienced the option to refocus and reflect by means of composing and the recording system. Participating in is also a way of interacting and speaking with other people. To me it’s as purely natural as respiration. I experience privileged to have astounding bonds with my extended musical loved ones – you know who you are.


Internationally renowned French pianist

Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty
Pierre-Laurent Aimard. Photograph: Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP via Getty

I’ve constantly been captivated by music but I was constantly conscious that it is a scarce privilege to have songs as a career. I was lucky ample to go after it professionally, and it has increased my lifestyle immeasurably.

It has supplied me two great privileges a person is to do the job on items of musical artwork all day, each individual day. Immersing myself in them lifts me up and educates me constantly. It nourishes me and presents my lifestyle meaning. The second a single is to have the liberty and independence in the selections in repertory, in interpretation and in the way we talk with an viewers. To have autonomy in the way we link with every single other on a human level (emotionally, intellectually, bodily, etcetera) is our way to individually serve a function of art.


Minister for Social Safety and for Rural and Group Enhancement

Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Alan Betson
Heather Humphreys. Photograph: Alan Betson

I began participating in the piano and using songs lessons at the age of 7 and ongoing my tuition till I was 16, possessing finished all of my useful tests up to and such as Quality 8.

When I was in the beginning energized about understanding how to perform the piano, the tough grind of practising before long set in and a great deal to my mother’s despair it was through cajoling and tricky operate on her behalf that I managed to commit some time practising the piano each individual week. The entice of the sunlight shining exterior was tricky to resist when sitting down at the piano practising scales and arpeggios. Mom made use of to deliver me to the sitting space to participate in the piano, and any justification I could possible locate was utilized to make an escape. In wintertime time I utilized the excuse of chilly hands that couldn’t perhaps practise or participate in the proper notes.

I was privileged also to have a long-struggling piano trainer, who in fairness had the endurance of Task. Each individual 7 days she requested me the inevitable concern: “Did you observe a great deal this week, Heather?” I never ever broke her heart with a negative respond to but I’m guaranteed she realized well that practising the piano was not one of my priorities.

Little did I believe at the time that all of these attempts would pay back off in phrases of the really like I at some point designed for playing the piano. I am not a natural musician, as I have to read through every notice. I adore playing most types of tunes but classical, state and church tunes are in all probability my favourites.

I can actually say that there is practically nothing greater to distinct my head than an hour expended taking part in the piano it transports me into an additional earth that is carefree and fully focused on tunes.


Pianist and recording artist

Richard Clayderman
Richard Clayderman

My father was a songs trainer, and there has often been a piano at property. When I was four or five, I was spontaneously drawn to these black and white keys my father showed me what to do. I have hardly ever been without the need of a piano by my aspect. Even in my resort area, I always have a keyboard to practise on. I am positive the piano will accompany me right until the end of my lifestyle, and I should consider getting buried with a piano subsequent to me. Extensive reside the piano! The piano has presented me this power to travel by means of the a long time while maintaining my intellect in very good well being and it has usually aided me to regulate some of the challenging situations that we all come upon in everyday living. The piano has usually been a excellent consolation, specifically when my enjoy existence has not been jogging so efficiently!

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs at the Nationwide Live performance Hall as part of the Global Live performance Collection, Tuesday, March 29th. Tickets from €19.50. Fiachra Garvey proceeds his chamber audio sequence live shows at the NCH on April 3rd and May perhaps 27th. Tickets €17.50, nch.ie