Daily Roundup 16 Jan 2022: Rhodes Mk8, Fred van Hoof, Erard piano book, Brudenell concert, abandoned instruments


Rhodes Mk8 unveiled

Harold Rhodes’ legendary electro-mechanical tine piano returns. Precision built in the UK with the finest hand-selected materials.

Optimising the iconic sound of the Rhodes piano, the MK8 offers considerable improvements in tone, touch, intonation and dynamics. All critical components – including tines, pickups, dampers and pedal mechanism – have been redesigned from the ground up, using only the highest quality materials and the very best in contemporary manufacturing techniques.

See Rhodes Music for all the details

Jazz pianist musician/composer Fred van Hoof dies

Fred van Hoof was born and raised in Antwerp. Active in music for over 60 years. As a musician, he says he was deeply influenced by the usual sound of Antwerp church bells. Van Hoof played different instruments: piano, accordion, church organ and bell. He was also active as a composer. 

In the 1960s and 1970s, he played with German saxophonist Peter Prutzmann and Dutch drummer Han Beiningk. But Van Hoof has also worked in duets and solos. Creating ambiance was pivotal during his concerts, penetrating established musical symbols, far from any form of predictability.

Read more at Taylor Daily Press

Erard — A Passion for the Piano book launched

Robert Adelson’s new book “Erard — A Passion for the Piano” is a concise, fascinating exploration of the history of the Erard company.

Adelson has had a lifetime interest in this famous French piano maker. And with comprehensive access to both the extensive company and family archives, he has produced an academic, yet highly readable account of one of the truly great piano houses.

Read more at World Piano News

Brudenell live music returns

The Brudenell opens its doors this Sunday for an evening of live music from local and national piano connosieurs.

To celebrate the start of 2022, and commemorate four years in the business, the popular live music show is passing the keys to three artists this Sunday: Fiona Brice, Night Porter and Joe Semple – with the addition of event host and curator Simeon Walker alongside Leeds drummer Steve Hanley warming up the crowd.

Read more at Yorkshire Evening Post

Decrepit piano and harmonium found in abandoned British mansion

A derelict 18th century mansion in the English county of Derbyshire has been discovered with an old piano, sheet music and decaying books. In its history it has been used as a church and a school but has been boarded up for a number of years.

Read more at Derbyshire Onine