Archive for : April, 2018

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British Artists in the US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC)

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is an annual song contest whose mission is to provide the opportunity for both aspiring and established songwriters to have their songs heard in a professional, international arena. Judges include Lorde, Hardwell, Tom Waits, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ziggy Marley, Kaskade, The Mavericks, Martie Maguire (Dixie Chicks), Bastille, and several others.

The prestigious US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2017 winners, and UK Songwriters fared extremely well this time, garnering two First Places, one Second Place, one Third Place, and also received 19 Honorable Mentions.



Congratulations to the UK based songwriters on this outstanding achievement!

AAA (Adult Album Alternative) – 2nd PLACE
Barns Courtney, David Alfie Jackson (Barns Courtney)
London, England

Thea Gilmore
Nantwich, England

Roseanne Reid
Edinburgh, Scotland

Andy Vitolo, John King (Hope)
St Annes, England

To view the complete list of 2107 winners of the International Songwriting Competition (ISC), please visit 

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How to Maintain Your Piano

A piano is a big investment, it is a beautiful instrument to not only be played but to also be aesthetically admired. And as with any investment whether it be a car or a house, you will want to make sure that you get your money’s worth ensuring it is well looked after. With the correct care and maintenance, you can ensure that you keep your piano sounding and looking great for years to come. So, in order to prolong the lifespan of your instrument here are a few tips and tricks to help you maintain your piano.

Handling Your Piano

The way in which you handle your piano will have a huge effect on how it performs and looks over the years. Try to avoid leaning on the piano whether it be on the body or the keys are too much pressure can damage the sound and its stability. You should also try to avoid putting too many heavy items on the piano for the same reason. Children and pets can also affect the pianos aesthetic if it is subject to claw marks or dirty hands.

Maintaing piano

Location of Piano

The location of your piano is another element to consider particularly in terms of the temperature, humidity and direct sunlight. With most pianos being made of wood, the instrument is in danger of warping if the space it occupies is too humid. This will ultimately affect the tension of the strings causing the instrument to become irreparably out of tune. In severe cases, the instrument may even have to be completely rebuilt if the humidity causes it to collapse. Equally, exposure to intense sunlight may damage the aesthetic of the piano depending on its finish and colouring.

Cleaning of Piano

Regularly cleaning your piano is key to ensure the dust does not affect the appearance or secrete itself within the keys. The recommended method of cleaning is to use a dry, clean cloth to wipe away any visible dust. Try not to use any water in the cleaning process but if a damp cloth is used it is imperative that is dried immediately after to avoid any permanent water damage to the wood. You should also never use any cleaners or varnish on the piano unless specified in the manufacturer’s instructions as again, this is likely to damage the appearance of the instrument.

Piano Tuning

As with any instrument, when it isn’t used it becomes out of tune which is why it is important that you have your piano regularly tuned. Generally, it is recommended that a piano used in a domestic environment is tuned once every six months but to really enhance the sound of the instrument you may want to tune it each time before playing. It is not always easy to tune a piano yourself, so it might be worth hiring a professional piano tuning expert who will have the appropriate skills and equipment.

However, above all else, it is important that you regularly maintain your piano and play such a wonderful instrument on a regular basis. This will ensure that all the moving elements within the piano are kept in excellent condition.

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Facebook Giveaway Contest!

As a BIG thank you for all your support and help on our official Facebook and Twitter, we wanted to give back something to our fans through our Facebook Giveaway! Markson Pianos Facebook Giveway Animenz Tickets

This weekend, we’ll give away two free tickets (worth £39 each) to the lucky winners to the 2018 Animenz Live Concert in London, UK

Venue: Union Chapel, London N1 2UN

Animenz is coming to London for the very first time as part of the Animenz Live 2018 tour with an exciting live performance! Apart from his signature tunes from animes of the likes of Tokyo Ghoul and Guilty Crown, he will perform songs from the hit animation movie, Your Name, and other pieces which have never been heard on any platforms before! Look forward to a feast of music, fan interaction, as well as discounted merchandise exclusive to ticket-holders.

Don’t miss your chance to see Animenz live in London – win your free tickets by entering our Facebook giveaway contest!

Animenz is an ardent fan of Japanese animation. His journey in transcribing and performing anime music began in 2009, when he wanted to play music from the anime “Chobits” but could not find the sheet music online. He started a blog to share his transcriptions and the Animenz YouTube channel in 2010 to share performance videos with fellow anime fans and music lovers. Since then, he has amassed a staunch online following and has performed internationally to acclaim since 2013.

For more details, visit:

Animenz YouTube Channel

Animenz Facebook Page

So how to join in Facebook Giveaway? Here are the Key Steps and Rules:

1. Like and Share this Post –
2. Like our Facebook Page
3. Tag a friend and comment #WIN

Note: The Giveaway will end on Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 4:30 PM. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on our Facebook page.

DO NOT miss it!