28 Piano Pieces By Children For Children – unique book raises money for cancer charity


** Update – book now available here from the lovely people at Olive Loves Alfie

New piano pieces by children for children

A new book which features piano pieces composed by children for other children to play will be published at the end of November. 28 Piano Pieces By Children For Children includes compositions from young Londoners, with each of the composers also performing editing tasks such as note checking, adding finger numbers, illustrations, cover design and deciding on which order the pieces should go.

‘Children become particularly enthusiastic to sight-read and explore new music when they realise that the pieces have been written by their peer group,’ says the book’s co-ordinator, Lola Perrin, Composer/ Teacher in Residence at Markson Pianos. She adds, ‘The pieces in the book are varied and fun and beautifully illustrated by the composers. We hope other music teachers and their pupils will be inspired by this book to create their own books’.

The book also includes an interview Lola conducted with Peter Vizard who co-ordinates an annual piano festival for young pianists at the Conservatoire Frederic Chopin in Paris.
Profits from the book, which goes on sale on 30 November, will be given to the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity.

The launch date was 30th November 2012. We had a successful private launch, hosted by Markson Pianos, at The Vortex, London. The book is now available to purchase from our exclusive worldwide distributor Olive Loves Alfie.

84 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0AP | Tel: +44 (0) 20 7241 4212

£10 + £3 p&p

* How you can support and promote the book:

The book has a Facebook page at
http://www.facebook.com/28PianoPiecesByChildrenForChildren Please like the page and share the content on it.
You can also listen to some of the pieces on the book’s Vimeo page here http://vimeo.com/user14484233/videos

* Some information about Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research:

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is the only UK charity solely dedicated to research into blood cancers, including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Our life-saving research is focused on finding causes, improving diagnosis and treatments, and running ground-breaking clinical trials for all blood cancer patients. Blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma affect people of all ages from babies to grandparents. We need to be sure that we reach all those touched by leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma and give them the best possible chance of survival.

More information http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/

* More about Lola Perrin:

Lola Perrin is a composer, pianist, publisher and contributor to International Piano magazine. She has played live and been interviewed on various radio programmes including Radio 3 In tune, Jazz Line Up, Radio 4 Science Matters and local BBC radio stations. She has performed extensively in the UK in recent years at venues including the Design Museum, London’s Jazz Café, Latitude Festival, Henham Park, 2010 and the London Jazz Festival. In 2011 she played a seven date concert series hosted by Markson Pianos dedicated to her eight piano suites. Lola has published eight books of solo piano music. For more details please visit www.lolaperrinsheetmusic.com

Lola Perrin is also Artist in Residence at Naim Audio. For information about the Naim Audio Lola Perrin Piano Competition please visit http://lolaperrinsheetmusic.com/pages/piano-competition.html


Kids piano book raises funds for cancer research facebook.com/28PianoPiecesB… Pls like and reweet thanks


Lola Perrin

Deborah Cass

BuzzFeed swaps the kitten videos for long form essays – sort of


I must admit that not being obsessed with kittens or aliens means that I don’t spend as great deal of time on killer viral site Buzzfeed. But I do know people who spend as much time on there as they used to on Facebook.

I do find it heartening though that the site has just employed the former editor in chief of Spin to pioneer a section of long-form journalism on the site.

How on earth they expect to make any money from serious essays – and the ones they have run so far including a profile of Mitt Romney’s father are serious stuff completely at odds with the catchy songs about pizza and Obama crying videos that is the site’s bread and butter – remains to be seen.

How they present the essays too will be interesting. The essays so far like – Can you Die From A Nightmare? http://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/can-you-die-from-a-nightmare are just scroll down affairs that probably work much better on tablets than they do on the web. Maybe we will see some HTML5 type magic like Pitchfork – http://pitchfork.com/features/cover-story/reader/bat-for-lashes/ which incidentally freezes my PC each time visit it.

Want to go to a lot of Men’s fashion/lifestyle events this winter? Brandish.tv is hiring interns


Men’s fashion site Brandish.tv needs an intern to come and help us grow. We will need you between now and Christmas to spend a lot of your time going to events, checking out next season’s ranges, sniffing the latest fragrances and playing with the latest toys.

Ideally you will have a fashion blog already and will be looking to break into style journalism.

You can be male or female – as long you can write brilliantly, take pics and carry home goody bags from events then you are perfect.

You’ll need to be in our central London office for three days at least a week. We can help out with expenses, and all the freebies will be yours to keep.

email ashleyatshinymediadotcom for more

We need a prize for a social media survey asking what people really think of brands on Facebook which is on 10 sites.


Hi, we are about to put a survey on to 10 sites with a combined readership that is more than 2.5 million per month.

It asks readers about their social media habits, how they engage with brands on Facebook and a whole lot more.

We are looking for prizes to encourage people to fill in the survey. If you have something appropriate then let me know on ashleyatshinymediadotcom asap.

You can obviously have access to the results of the survey too for use however you see fit.

Now Apple solves international disputes – brings peace between China and Japan


Don’t get me started on the iPhone 5 launch. Apparently the Geniuses were whooping everyone who went through the door this morning in a cheesy way that is part cheerleader and part Butlins’ Redcoat. Don’t they know we are British.

The best story though is around the launch of Apple Maps. Apparently…

One Twitter user pointed out that the app has also created two instances of the Senkaku, or Diaoyu, Islands. Japan and China have been fighting over ownership of that territory, leading the tweeter to quip that Apple may be trying to broker a deal by creating two versions of the islands.

Brilliant diplomacy from Apple and Tom Tom.

So why stop there. How about two Palestines? A pair of Falkland Islands? Maybe even they could create another Canary Islands for us Brits to take over.

This looks ace – British Aviation poster book – The Golden Age of Flight. Lots of art deco images


This looks like a must-have. Well it would were it not £35… British Aviation Posters: Art, Design and Flight by Scott Anthony and Oliver is published by Lund Humphries and rounds up some glorious images from the pioneering days of air travel.

It is a bit cheaper on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Aviation-Posters-Scott-Anthony/dp/1848220847/…

I’d love to fly to Le Touquet one day…

It looks at the influence of futurism, modernism, art deco and surrealism on posters which try to capture that early flying experience.

Is Time Out right? Is London really the World’s Greatest City


Mmm. This week Time Out London has gone on record as declaring London as the greatest city on the planet. Time Out NY does this on a regular basis, as does Time Out Paris, and I suspect that if it existed Time Out Riga would make the same claim too.

Personally, in spite of being a massive Londonphile, I don’t like all this bragging. It is something that New Yorkers have been doing for decades and it comes across as little more than a sales job born of misplaced arrogance. Kind of like Wolves fans singing about being the ‘greatest team the world has ever seen..’

I think London and Londoners know better. Surely it is British trait to be a little on the modest side. Also London hasn’t always been so great. Certainly you would have looked stupid making the case for London as the world capital in the late 80s and early 90s.

That said the Time Out article does make a pretty compelling case. The star witness is Bonkers Boris, who declares

‘I hope I won’t be accused of chauvinism if I say that London is the greatest city on earth – the commercial, cultural and artistic capital of the world. We have twice as many bookshops as New York, more theatres, a larger financial services sector – and a quarter of that city’s murder rate. We have more museums and more Michelin-starred restaurants than Paris. We have more parks and green space than any other European city.

Now I don’t care a hoot about Michelin starred restaurants (can’t afford to eat in them and besides wouldn’t ‘world’s best collection of ethnic restaurants would be a much better claim’) but he is bang on about his other points. Sure there is a lot wrong with London – the transport system creaks largely because it has been around so long and the city wasn’t designed to work in this way and don’t get me started on cycling. There are also nowhere near enough swimming pools and yes the weather isn’t great.


We have The Thames – surely the greatest city river in the world. If you have never taken a Clipper you really haven’t lived.

We have embraced multi-culturalism in a way that other cities can only dream of – London truly is a World city with people from across the globe. The London food scene is so much richer and diverse than pretty much anywhere on the planet.

We have that perfect mix of old and new – Look one way and you see a medieval tower, the other and you see the tallest building in Europe.

We have some wonderful villages – You could spend a week in London and have a wonderful time and see amazing things without going anywhere near the centre of town.

I think the key to London’s success is that it is able to constantly evolve. We are the Facebook of World Capitals, not always first with the innovation, but able to absorb new things in a way that keeps us addictive.

The irony is that we will probably be eclipsed by Shanghai, Mumbai or Rio sometime soon. But for now Time Out might just be right. Let’s not brag about it though.