52 episodes

Chris Hobson, Matt Gregory and Akiko Hobson sitting with ballet master extrodinaire David Yow discuss playing for ballet class. The do’s and the don’ts, the philosophy behind it and we’ll talk about our own experiences as we go along. Join us on our journey of ballet music and ballet class chat as we talk through this often underrated and misunderstood profession.

Ballet Piano Podcast Chris Hobson, Matt Gregory, Akiko Hobson, David Yow

    • Arts
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Chris Hobson, Matt Gregory and Akiko Hobson sitting with ballet master extrodinaire David Yow discuss playing for ballet class. The do’s and the don’ts, the philosophy behind it and we’ll talk about our own experiences as we go along. Join us on our journey of ballet music and ballet class chat as we talk through this often underrated and misunderstood profession.

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    We’re back for 2024! (Video)

    We’re back for 2024! (Video)

    In this episode, the team lift the lid on their lives over the past year and a half, from job changes, career changes, working holidays, cruises, and much, much more.  This episode also shares what you can expect from the season including round table topical discussions, and spotlight ‘In Conversations’.  This episode is proudly produced and published by podcastrecording.co.uk

    • 16 min
    We’re back for 2024!

    We’re back for 2024!

    In this episode, the team lift the lid on their lives over the past year and a half, from job changes, career changes, working holidays, cruises, and much, much more.  This episode also shares what you can expect from the season including round table topical discussions, and spotlight ‘In Conversations’.  This episode is proudly produced and published by podcastrecording.co.uk

    • 16 min
    We Went Live

    We Went Live

    This is the final episode in the current season, and it is the audio recording of the livestream we did on Sunday 10th July.  If you were unable to watch along, you can enjoy this episode and hear everything from that livestream, complete with us pianists playing ballet exercises for you.  You can also watch the livestream on our website, www.balletpianopodcast.com. Before we wrap up the new episodes and take our summer hiatus, we want to say a huge thank you to you, our followers, listeners, subscribers, and downloaders, for all your support, likes, comments, and interactions with us.  We could not do the podcast without you, and our amazing colleagues, dancers, and fellow pianists inspiring us daily, and giving us brilliant ideas to make podcasts.



    This episode is proudly produced and published by PodcastRecording.co.uk

    • 54 min
    In Conversation with Gill Civil

    In Conversation with Gill Civil

    This week’s episode is with dance accompanist, Gill Civil. Her life and career is so off the wall and varied, and in this episode we get to learn all about her work in dance, as we put the spotlight on her.



    From New Zealand originally, she has worked and lived in Australia, the USA and Canada, starting off her career in a punk rock band, working with Crowded House and Limbs Dance company, and playing for ballet classes throughout Australia, the USA, and Canada.



    She is also a composer of her own music for ballet and contemporary, which is produced by her husband, Edwin.



    This episode will not fail to entertain you with fabulous story after fabulous story about her life and career, which it seems is completely in the hands of fate and coincidence. So many glorious happenings, you won’t fail to love it.



    You can find more about Gill by visiting her website https://pianomusicforballet.com







    This episode is proudly produced and published by PodcastRecording.co.uk

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Our Ten Commandments for Teachers and Dancers

    Our Ten Commandments for Teachers and Dancers

    Today’s episode is the second instalment of the TEN COMMANDMENTS, and it’s the turn of the commandments for dancers and teachers as told by us pianists.



    Again, it’s a very light hearted episode, where wethree pianists corner David Yow, and read him the riot act, HAHA!



    It’s filled with some useful do’s and don’ts for teachers and dancers from a ballet pianists perspective, that we think would make life easier for both, and make the ballet class run smoothly and harmoniously.



    We are not the oracle, nor have we ever claimed to be, but this episode can be helpful, or you can just enjoy the banter between the team members.



    We hope you enjoy it.  Let us know as always your comments about the podcast, by visiting the social media channels.







    This episode is proudly produced and published by PodcastRecording.co.uk

    • 26 min
    Our Ten Commandments for Ballet Pianists

    Our Ten Commandments for Ballet Pianists

    This week’s new episode is a funny one with all the team members, and we’re talking about some do’s and don’ts of the ballet studio in an episode we’re calling THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. It’s a very light hearted episode with some sincere sentiment, that we feel would make the studio more harmonious, if followed.



    This episode is the first of two commandment episodes, and in this episode, David Yow takes the floor and leads us in his ‘ready to go’ tips for ballet pianists from the teacher’s perspective.



    We’re not the oracle, nor have we ever claimed to be, but this episode offers some teacher’s advice for pianists, to help them in the studios.



    We laugh a lot, and keep it very light, and we hope you, our listeners don’t take umbrage, and can relate, and see the funny side!







    This episode is proudly produced and published by PodcastRecording.co.uk

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Vrazylegd ,

Incredible Educational Resource and a great bit of fun

Such an amazing and honest look into the trials and tribulations of playing for dance; expert advice and relatable dialogue.

Carol Ann Elze-Sussdorff ,

Pretty delightful!

What a find! I’ve been a ballet pianist for many years, and I love the conversations! This is a wonderful resource for dancers new to teaching, and for pianists new to playing class. I do think the podcast could be more engaging if it included demonstrations.. some “ballet piano.” That would be a giant plus ( particularly for teachers who give EVERY combination in triple meter and then give you “the look” when they really want a slow four!)

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