Category Archives: music

Remembering Legends: David Bowie & Alan Rickman

I couldn’t believe the news on Monday: David Bowie had passed away of cancer, aged 69. Just now, with Space Oddity still ringing in my ears, I learned that another legend has left us: Alan Rickman died today of cancer. Aged 69.

The world has truly lost two stage and screen legends this week.

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If We Were Having Coffee… On July 11

Hello, my lovelies!

I’m glad you could make time today for a special Weekend Coffee Share!

If we were having coffee today, we’d be at my place. Right away, you’d notice my usual clutter is gone and there’s a somewhat festive air. It’s a beautiful day, so I’d ask you to please make your way to the patio to join the others. Can I offer you a drink? Next to my standard fare of coffee and tea, I have sparkling water, ginger ale , orange-lemongrass lemonade, Fass-Brause apple & herbs, and a whole pitcher of Pimm’s No. 1 cup, which I like to call “Pimm’s on the Lawn,” for those who don’t have to drive and would like something alcoholic.

By now you may wonder what is going on. Today is my birthday. Welcome to my British Summer Birthday Party! I’m glad you could make it, the more the merrier!

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Von Budapest nach Solingen: Solo-Konzert für Pianist Elöd Ambrusz

Die Leidenschaft für Klavier und klassische Musik hat bei dem ungarischen Pianisten Elöd Ambrusz schon sehr früh angefangen. Beim Besuch eines Solinger Kinderarztes hörte er klassische Musik, die er sofort mittappte. Damals war er fünf Jahre alt. Seitdem verbringt er seine Tage auf dem Klavierhocker. Der mittlerweile 16-jährige hat in seiner Heimat Ungarn bereits viele Musik und Talent-Wettbewerbe gewonnen, und so unter anderem ohne vorspielen zu müssen seinen Platz am König St. Stephan Musikgymnasium in Budapest bekomme

Nächte Woche gibt er sein erstes Solo-Konzert in Solingen.

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Free piano concert in Solingen in July

If you’re in Solingen, Germany on July 10, and you like classical music, you’re invited to come and see 16-year-old pianist Elöd Ambrusz perform!

Elöd is one of Hungary’s most talented young pianists and will be playing works by Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Bach and Scarlatti – for FREE.

Elöd Klavierabend

I have known Elöd Ambrusz since he was little, and I can’t wait to hear him play now. I remember a time when my gran would take him to a nearby nursing home because it had the only freely accessible piano she knew of and he always had a willing and appreciative audience.

He has come a long way since then, attends one of the most prestigious music conservatories and secondary schools in Budapest, and even competed in a national, televised talent show for young classical musicians.

Many people in Solingen have helped Elöd find opportunities to play the piano whenever he’s here on family holiday, so this performance is his way of saying thank you.

All lovers of classical music are invited. Entry is free, although donations are welcome.