Latitude! So much fun playing there on the Sunrise Arena in July as one half of  Pianofield  - here’s the video. It was super hot, the sun was blazing down powering up the solar piano, loading it up with plenty of good energy and vibrations!   Audience, we loved you - I was blown away by how many people were there . . listening, really listening, such an honour.  Thank you if you were there, and thank you for all the truly life changing messages everyone sent in. Thank you too  Festival Republic !  This sort of day means so much.  As artists I think we spend so much time wrestling alone in the studio (with tech, with perfectionism and other demons!).  Necessary sometimes but too much wrestling can be painful!  So, we are looking forward to doing more live performances in the future . . we have some great concerts coming up and more in the wings so we hope you can catch us at one of them.

- with love Frances 

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Hello everyone...  I wanted to share the somewhat startling information that I'm playing on one of the main stages this Sunday at Latitude Festival!  I shall be playing with Matthew Bickerton as our electronic soundscape and piano duo Pianofield, and we will be on the Sunrise Arena at 12.30 pm on Sunday morning... .furthermore we will be playing our Sun Powered Piano! All the info and links to tickets which I believe are still available are here.

I cannot tell you how much I'm looking forward to it! Very much hope you might be there and if so please come and say hello! Here is a link to one of our recent tracks.

What a truly amazing summer this is! 
With love, Frances

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Spring is here so they say! I've been in hibernation for the last couple of months. Working with a software programmer as a musical partner in the band pianofield has its advantages. No sooner do I say things like "I sometimes wish that I could play two pianos at the same time and maybe a string quartet as well . . ." than he writes a programme that makes this possible. Amazing, Then I have to learn how to use it!

So it's been real fun - developing my sound is what I love spending my time doing - a never-ending journey. We will be trying out some of the new technology on April 6th for our event in Dalston in celebration of Pianoday. Tickets here. It will be a beautiful evening, and we will be joined by the gorgeous sister band AYA and fabulous singer Turan - come and relax your way into the weekend with us!

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There is something magical about cold December mornings. Took my camera and went out early last week during the cold spell, down on the marshes. Sometimes I think I ought to have been a wild life photographer not of a composer! but then, its all connected. The music - it's not that I consciously try and write music that relates to the landscape, it may not even appear to anyone else that it does. But for me, somehow it's all linked, all magical.. Just spent 3 days in Dalston, which was wonderful in other ways. I live beside the canal there, also beautiful. But this is where the heart lies.

May you have a peaceful and joyful time over Christmas!

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I was fortunate enough to attend  two concerts last week  - both strangley at the lovely St. Pancreas Old Church (pictured).  And both utterly transporting.  As in they transported me to a different zone, they got me out of myself, they lifted me to another plane, they filled me with a feelings of wonder, slight unease, questioning . .

No question, that something else is going on during a live performance, it’s not just the notes, or even the sounds   Otherwise, why hassle out and sit on a hard chair for 2 hours on a chilly weekday night - why not sit comfortably at home on Spotify?

 

David Moore from Bing and Ruth (bingandruth.com) played on Thursday  and on the following night Luke Howard  (lukehoward.com)   Seeing see the rows of upturned faces in St. Pancras Old Church, it was as if some life giving manna was issuing forth from the musicians, being received, inhaled by the audience.  Which really is what was happening.  Quite something then.  A long time ago I wrote Music Is God in caps on my facebook page.  There were a few objections, but I  stand by it.  Utterly.

 

Best of all these experiences made me want to rush down from London and get into my studio. That’s the best sort of concert.