The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
Mariela Cingo was born in Korcë, Albania on 14 February 1978. She began learning music from the age of six, and gave her first concert aged seven. By the time she was twelve, she had played the Haydn Piano Concerto in D with the Korcë Philharmonic Orchestra.
When she was seventeen she moved to London to continue her studies with Raphael Terroni at the London College of Music and Media. There she won many prizes, including the Piano Concerto Prize for her performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2.
Recent engagements have included performances of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 with the Sutton Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the London College of Music Orchestra and Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 with the Whitehall Orchestra and with Blackfriars Sinfonia.
Ask Alice - On unruly behaviour on orchestral weekends and in concerts, with Classical Music agony aunt Alice McVeigh
Ask Alice - Classical music agony aunt Alice McVeigh raves about Barclaycard and the Absolute Zero Viola Quartet, and comments on pillow fighting in Eastbourne