Welcome to the Pianola Partnership’s website.
Here you will find news of the concerts and other activity undertaken by the partnership, as well as background information about the Pianola instrument and its great versatility.
Michael Broadway's recent concert at St Paul's Cathedral was a marvellous occasion, with the dome seating full up. Michael was joined by organist Peter Holder, a fantastic player, to give a performance of the Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto. (Peter is now sub-Organist at Westminster Abbey).
Pictures: John Norman
Michael works with several musicians, composers and actors including:
Vaninne Parker, soprano
Vaninne Parker studied at the Royal Academy
of Music, where she won major awards. She has sung for the English Music Theatre
Ensemble, Scottish Opera and Kent Opera, where she was also a leading contributor
to the company's education programme. Roles for this included Countess (Figaro),
Alice (Falstaff), 2nd Lady (Magic Flute), Miss Jessel (Turn
of the Screw), Lucy Lockit (Beggar's Opera), and Agrippina. Following
a Wigmore recital debut, Vaninne has long enjoyed a wide variety of concert
and oratorio commitments in London and the south-east, singing works as diverse
as Charpentier's Te Deum, the Bach Passions and B Minor Mass,
the Poulenc Gloria, Mozart's C Minor Mass and Britten's Ceremony
of Carols. At the Millennium, she was a soloist in the world premier of
Alan Bullard's Prime Meridian.
Richard Suart, Baritone
John studied composition, piano and cello at the Royal Academy of Music in
London where he won the Eric Coates composition prize. To pay the bills, John
also found work in films - as a pianist in Lady Chatterley’s Lover and
in an advert for Pot Noodles. Later, Sir Arthur Bliss's widow gave
him the job of cataloguing the great man's private music collection and provided
the surroundings for him to work on his own compositions. Freelance work for
the music publisher Novello followed. He's now a director of Gonzaga
Among his many creations are Sonatina, Nor’wester Caprice, Dark Scenes of Winter, the ballet Little Boy Lost and a concerto for trumpet, oboe and strings, Boreas. He was commissioned to write for the 1981 St Ives Festival in Cornwall. Other work includes The Christmas Card, Periwinkle Duo, Viente Divertissement, Babar the Elephant, Manton Heights, The Christmas Express, Esthwaite Elegy, and for the pianola: The Witches of Hawkshead - Tarantella Diabolica.
Michael Broadway and Bill Bingham at the
2002 Three Choirs Festival in Worcester.
© Anthony Seldon
These links will take you to YouTube audio recordings by Michael:
The first movement of Benjamin Dale's Piano Sonata in D minor.
... and these links to recent videos:
Claude Debussy - Suite Bergamasque no 3
Leo Livens - Three Studies
Roger Quilter - Three English Dances
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Flight of the Bumblebee
There's more information on other pages of this website, or you can telephone the Partnership on
020 7254 6145.
Watch this space for news of music rolls and other items you will be able
to purchase through the Pianola Partnership.
(Website updated: 7 October 2017)