Beethoven said of the piano “To play it without passion is inexcusable!” That’s why we rarely have to excuse our very own, very passionate pianist, Andi. We do however often excuse him leaving his studio door open, as the many merry melodies that waft down the corridor make a splendid soundtrack to the working day.
Earlier in the year Andi began a project to create an album of music celebrating the instrument he loves, the piano, and we have decided to make this music available free for use on television and radio commercials.
Andi writes ‘Music is one of the greatest gifts we as humans have been given. It is, in my opinion right up there with the ability of sight, speech, hearing and touch and without 2 of those wouldn’t exist at all’
The decision for Andi to take up the piano was really made for him, his father having studied for 12 years at the Royal Academy of Music.
‘My first experience of a keyboard was, when I was 4 and placed in front of a harmonium in Sunday school to basically shut me up I think, I’m happy to report that it never worked. As I looked at the keys I instinctively understood what I was seeing and knew almost immediately how to construct a simple melody recognising the odd mistakes, and developing my musical ear, which these days helps me to recognize what sounds good and what doesn’t.’
Tucked away in Studio C Andi is often to be found in front of his kit with an early assembly of shots from a lengthy television project, having to create music to a tight brief in what seems an amazingly short timescale, and it’s the piano that he often turns to first to get the musical juices flowing.
‘Often when I compose more complex orchestral works, everything starts with the piano… if it sounds good on that then it’s a good indication that it will sound good with all the whistles and bells thrown in. For me the Piano is a perfect expression of who I am and what makes me tick, and this is why I have composed this collection of short Piano pieces, the sort of thing you hear on TV / Films all the time’
Please feel free to audition any of the tracks below for your production, then when you contact us, we will make broadcast quality files available for your use. We are happy to modify or provide longer or shorter versions as you require. All we ask is that you provide PRS details to the broadcaster ahead of transmission in the usual manner.
Thanks. We hope you enjoy ‘The Piano’