RECENT: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
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.
Meng Yang was born in China in 1985. She started playing the piano at the age of three and was accepted by the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing in 1996, when only eleven. In 1998 she won first prize in the MIDO Piano Competition in China, and in 1999 she won second prize in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition for Young People in Germany. In the same year the Wall Trust awarded her a full scholarship to the Purcell School, where she studied for three years and gained a full scholarship to study with Gordon Fergus-Thompson at the Royal College of Music. She continued to study at the Royal College as a postgraduate student. At Eastbourne in July 2009, Meng Yang Pan won the Norah Sande Award, a competition for students at music colleges who are beginning careers as professional pianists.
New Year Blues - A roundup of recent London concerts by Bill Newman
Ensemble. Splendidly Imaginative - Julian Jacobson and Meng Yang Pan celebrate Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year, enjoyed by Mary Isaac