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Piano Lessons West Beach

Im a friendly and professional piano teacher in West Beach, Adelaide, South Australia.  I also, teach on Saturdays in the inner Northern suburbs such as Ingle Farm/Walkleys Heights/Pooraka/Valley View etc.

Ages 6 years and upwards, whether you want to play seriously or just for fun, I can guide you along from your very first lesson. I am classically trained, but also have experience in other styles.

I’ve been playing for 35 years including performances in International Fringe Festivals and teaching privately for 20 years. 

Apart from the joy of playing a wonderful and versatile instrument, learning piano is a really good introduction to understanding and appreciating music generally.

Lessons range from $25 for a half hour, $30 for 45 mins or $40 for an hour slot and timings are flexible. Contact me now to book your first lesson or with any queries or questions.

These are testimonials from some of my current students:

“Rich has been teaching my 3 children piano for a few years, he’s incredibly patient with them all and they love having him as their teacher. He comes very highly recommended!” Seleah

“I have been having lessons for appx 6 months now, Rich is reliable and punctual. I feel my playing has progressed immensely and he gives you the tools to be able to not just play but play well. He is patient and is easily adaptable as a teacher which makes me look forward to all my lessons. I cant highly recommend enough.”  Heidi

“Rich has been incredibly patient teaching our son to play piano. He is very encouraging and always happy to answer our sons questions (even if its the same question for the tenth time). We would highly recommend Rich.”  Emma  

Introducing Two New Arrivals

Ive been composing a few new pieces recently and now have quite a store ready for when I record my next album.  In the meantime, Ive made this short video introducing two of the new arrivals. A proud moment for any parent!  I hope you enjoy them 🙂

Piano Illuminato – a unique fusion of sound and light

Im very excited to be working with Zero – a talented visual artist and member of the Illuminart team, on a new show to be presented during the Adelaide Fringe 2016.

One Night Only electronic flyerBetween now and the performance on Feb 25th as part of a concert series called ‘One Night Only‘, we are creating an engaging, beautiful and uplifting audio/visual journey exploring a number of interesting themes which have grown out of reflections on my music, including love, expansiveness, place, loss, change, purity and wonder.

The concert will feature both original music and selections from perhaps the world’s most famous pianist composer, Ludovico Einaudi and we will be working closely to fuse the music together with the visuals, which are to be projected across the whole back wall of the beautiful Banqueting Room at the Adelaide Town Hall.   

As well as rehearsing and planning our collaboration, we will have an electronic link up between my digital piano and Zero’s visual set up, giving him direct access to the music as its being played, allowing the changes in the projections to be totally responsive to the musical performance as it evolves.  It should be quite an experience

Tickets for the show are on sale now through the Fringe Box Office

Piano Illuminato, Adelaide Town Hall, Thurs 25th Feb, 8pm (90 mins), $25.

My whole discography half price for Christmas 2015

The good guys at Bandcamp have introduced a cool new feature where you can purchase an artists full discography (in my case, three albums) in one go, as digital downloads.  Given the time of the year, I thought it would be nice to offer a temporary 50% discount.

So, if you would like to own Valentine Court (beautiful solo piano pieces), Mindfulmess (inspiring songs) and In the Moment (relaxing piano improvisations), then please visit my bandcamp page and click on the links to any one of my albums.  There you will see the icons for all three albums, with a ‘Buy Now’ button just beneath.  The seasonally discounted price is $15 Australian, which is around £7 or $11 US – so basically, just about the cost you will often pay for one album!

Beneath, there’s a ‘Send as Gift’ option, so if you already have one or more of my albums, and like them, why not make a present of them to a friend who might appreciate them?

Oh, and there is also an option to pay more if you’re feeling kind and want to support me in my music making.

I hope you agree this is a great deal and feel moved to take advantage of it.  Once the festive season is over, the full discography will still be available, but I’ll reduce the discount down to 25%.

For now, warm wishes, and Happy Holidays!

 

A Beauiful Piano Tribute to Erik Satie

20120613075117_SatieLike many people, I was affected by the music of Erik Satie at an early age.  His famous Gymnopedies, with their elegant simplicty and and the other-worldly beauty of the Gnossiennes had a profound effect on me and along with other French composers of a similar period (Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc) strongly influenced the way I think about harmony.

Satie is even credited with inventing, or at least, anticipating both ambient and minimalist music, some fifty years ahead of their flowering in the 1960’s and 70’s!

Recently, I wrote a new piece which, of all my music reminds me most of the music of Satie and so I gave it the name “Saticity” (I also intended a double meaning in the similarity to the word “satiety” carrying the meaning of satisfaction, sufficiency, and repletion).

I was delighted recently, when my piece was accepted for inclusion in version two of a tribute album to Satie called Erik Satie et les Nouveaux Jeunes by French label Arbouse Recordings (probably easiest purchased through Bandcamp).

To celebrate, Ive put together a video for my piece, and I found the perfect visual accompaniment when I discovered that Satie was friends with some amazing artists including  Francis Picabia, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. So, please do check out this video and enjoy the beautiful art of Satie’s friends along with my personal tribute to his music.

If you like the video and the piece, do please share it, thank you.

Classically Chilled Piano – coming to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Edfringe 2015 posterFollowing a terrific run at the 2014 Adelaide Fringe playing to full houses and receiving a wonderful review, Im very excited to be bringing my show Classically Chilled Piano to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 from Tues 25th to Sat 29th.

I’ve once again got a lovely venue, theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, and I’ll be performing the same set that went down so well before – featuring three of my newer pieces, a suite of highlights from my debut album Valentine Court, three of the pieces that made Ludovico Einaudi the most famous pianist and composer in the world today and last, but hopefully not least, a live improvisation.

Ive started practicing for the shows and am really enjoying revisiting some of these pieces, in fact I got a strong case of the shivers earlier today playing my mini-epic Cello Song (I just love the way it builds and builds).  The only aspect of the show I cant practice for of course, is the improvisation, in fact I’ve decided to approach it by not doing any other improvising between now and the first show on Tues Aug 25th, so hopefully whatever comes to pass then, will be something altogether new and special.Surgeons Hall

As before, I’ll be recording the improvisation and giving away a copy to the members of the audience. This mark’s the release last year of In The Moment, my album of recorded improvisations.

I certainly dont want to jinx anything, but in case you can make the show, here’s an excerpt from a review of the Adelaide run from Fringe Review:

“Rich Batsford captivates the room within a few minutes of playing … his focus is unwavered becoming one with the piano … His passion is infectious, enchanting the audience.  The pieces speak strongly of love, gladness, reverence and tranquillity”.

Beautiful video of The Cello Song as played on ABC Classic FM

As my confusingly titled piano based mini-epic ‘The Cello Song‘ has just been broadcast on ABC Classic FM here in Australia, I thought it’d be a good time to share this rather beautiful video made for it by Naomi Heath a short while back.

 

An Adelaide Fringe just gone and an Edinburgh Fringe to come

Adelaide Fringe 2015As another Adelaide Fringe draws to a breathless close, an opportunity to reflect on my third time as a participant.  Really pleased that my Adelaide show in Ayers House sold out and I also had a pleasant evening in a smaller venue called the Courthouse Cultural Centre up in the Clare Valley.

As well as some of my newer and older pieces, I played Debussy’s beautiful La fille aux cheveux de lin and Satie’s haunting Gymnopedie No1.  It was an interesting experience adding in a couple of pieces of classical repertoire into the mix, I can better understand now why concert pianists practice for so many hours per day!

The image to the left shows one of the tables in the Courthouse venueB9x0KixCMAAwTru and to the right its Adelaide piano tuner Anthony Furness working his magic on he 130 year old Broadwood grand piano I was playing in Ayers House.

Meanwhile, my plans to perform again in the Edinburgh Fringe have taken shape with a booking in a really beautiful looking venue, so if you’re in the UK 24th to the 29th August 2015, then watch this space for more details soon.

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