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STOP PRESS - 'KEMBLE PIANOS EXTENDS ENTRY DEADLINE FOR CHOPIN PIANO E-COMPETITION

STOP PRESS - 'KEMBLE PIANOS EXTENDS ENTRY DEADLINE FOR CHOPIN PIANO E-COMPETITION

The closing date for entries for the Kemble Chopin E-Competition is to be extended to September 1st 2010.

Leanne Hassan represents the organisers, Kemble Pianos and comments, " We have recently been contacted by a large number of prospective applicants asking for more time to prepare, we've therefore decided to extend our closing date to September 1st. We would encourage everyone to get their entries in as soon as possible,  this is a great showcase for passionate amateur pianists to display their skills and promote piano playing more generally.

Open to any amateur pianist from the UK and Ireland over the age of 18. Applicants are asked to submit video entries of any piece from Chopin's solo piano works via a dedicated you tube channel http://www.youtube.com/kemblepianos . 

First prize is a special edition‘Kemble Chopin’ upright piano worth over £8000, together with a private piano lesson from Kevin Kenner, one of the competition judges, who was awarded the top prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, together with the Peoples' Prize and prize for the best Polonaise in 1990.
 
Kevin is an internationally acclaimed Chopin specialist. The second prize winner will also receive a private lesson from Kevin as well as VIP tickets to Chopin piano recitals and subscriptions to Classic FM magazine.

Under the patronage of Brian Kemble, grandson of the founder of the Kemble Piano Company, the organisers have established a high-level judging panel. Joining Kevin Kenner, who is also one of the distinguished jury members for
this year’s International Chopin Piano Competition, are Christopher Elton, head of Keyboard at the Royal Academy of Music, and Classic FM Magazine editor John Evans.

The organisers are particularly keen to encourage non-professional pianists with no formal music education to apply, and will be using the competition and YouTube platforms to showcase passionate UK amateur piano talent from
all walks of life. Prospective entrants are asked to visit <http://www.kemble-pianos.com/>  to view the rules and download application forms. The YouTube channel features a range of interviews with artists and judges including Freddy Kempf, Christopher Elton, Marina Nadiradze, and Classic FM's editor John Evans, covering Chopin works. It will also provide
hints and tips together with helpful advice on creating the best video results.

Following the closing date on September 1st 2010,  a public vote will take place to nominate a shortlist of semi-finalists. The judges will then pick the prizewinners from this list.

See below for further details:

"I wish I'd never given up my piano lessons" – one of the most familiar phrases heard throughout the length and breadth of the land as people reminisce, or are moved by a beautiful piece of music; the truly universal language.

Now, for the thousands of passionate amateurs from all walks of life who persisted with the crotchets, quavers and left hand exercises, we’re offering a fantastic opportunity to get noticed, get showcased and win a 'special edition' Kemble Chopin Piano worth over £8000!
 
It's also a great opportunity for those ‘lapsed’ pianists to return to playing the piano, dust off their sheet music and polish up their scales. Everyone is invited to enter – not just 'professional' amateurs.
 
Classic FM Magazine editor John Evans says, "We’re not just looking for technical ability, we’ll be looking for passion and performances that move us. I was inspired by this Chopin e-competition because, thanks to the YouTube entry format, it’s open to absolutely anyone."
 
2010 marks the 200th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin's birth in Warsaw, and to celebrate the occasion Kemble Pianos have announced the establishment of an exciting new ‘Chopin Piano E-Competition' for amateur pianists. The competition coincides with the production of a Special Edition ‘Kemble Chopin’ piano to mark this musical milestone.
 
Open to anyone over the age of 18, the 'Kemble Chopin Piano E-Competition' will launch on a dedicated YouTube Channel on April 1st 2010. Applicants will be asked to submit video entries of any piece from Chopin's solo piano works via this Channel. First prize is a special edition ‘Kemble Chopin’ upright piano worth over £8000, together with a private piano lesson from Kevin Kenner, one of the competition judges, who was awarded the top prize at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, together with the Peoples' Prize and prize for the best Polonaise in 1990. Kevin is an internationally acclaimed Chopin specialist. The second prize winner will also receive a private lesson from Kevin as well as VIP tickets to Chopin piano recitals and subscriptions to Classic FM magazine.
 
Under the patronage of Brian Kemble, grandson of the founder of the Kemble Piano Company, the organisers have established a high-level judging panel. Joining Kevin Kenner, who is also one of the distinguished jury members for this year’s International Chopin Piano Competition, are Christopher Elton, head of Keyboard at the Royal Academy of Music, and Classic FM Magazine editor John Evans.
 
The organisers are particularly keen to encourage non-professional pianists with no formal music education to apply, and will be using the competition and YouTube platforms to showcase passionate UK amateur piano talent from all walks of life. A new website has also been established at www.kemble-pianos.com where prospective applicants can view the rules and download application forms. The YouTube channel will also feature a range of interviews with artists and judges including Freddy Kempf, Christopher Elton, Marina Nadiradze, and Classic FM's editor John Evans, covering Chopin works. It will also provide hints and tips together with helpful advice on creating the best video results.
 
Entries will close on August 1st 2010, following which a public vote will take place to nominate a shortlist of semi-finalists. The judges will then pick the prizewinners from this list.
 
Leanne Hassan represents the organisers, Kemble Pianos and comments, "We are very excited about the launch of this competition; it will provide a great showcase for passionate amateur pianists to display their skills and promote piano playing to everybody. The new Kemble Chopin piano is an amazing first prize and we really hope we can attract a wide range of entrants of all skill levels. This is about inspiring all pianists to get involved and, to broaden access, entries can be performed on any keyboard instrument, whether acoustic or digital."
 
You can view all the details and enter the competition here: