A new book featuring piano pieces composed by children for other children to play will be published at the end of this week. 28 Piano Pieces By Children For Children includes compositions from young Londoners, with each of them also performing editing tasks from note checking through to the cover design.
Profits from the book, which goes on sale on 30 November, will be given to the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research charity.
‘Children become particularly enthusiastic to sight-read and explore new music when they realise that the pieces have been written by their peer group,’ says the book’s co-ordinator, Lola Perrin, Composer and Teacher in Residence at Markson Pianos. ‘The pieces in the book are varied and fun and beautifully illustrated by the composers. We hope other music teachers and their pupils will be inspired by this book to create their own books’.
I think this is such a sweet idea. I played a lot of music instruments as a child, including the recorder, the piano, ocarina and flute, which is now waiting in our loft for someone to play it. I would have love to have been involved in something like this, and would love Eliza to be when she’s older (and a keen flute player, of course!).
Here’s how you can help support the book:
- Buy it from 30th November, through eBay, priced £10 + £3 p&p
- You can ‘like’ the 28 Piano Pieces by Children for Children Facebook page
- You can also listen and watch some of the pieces being performed on the book’s Vimeo page