"A confident and fluent pianist with an authoritative interpretative standpoint"
(James Lisney, international concert pianist)
"Very accomplished and controlled playing"
(Murray McLachlan, concert pianist and Head of Keyboard at Chethams School)
Frances Wilson is a London-based pianist, writer, music and arts reviewer, piano teacher and blogger on music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist.
Writing about music is a key part of Frances's musical life. A keen concert-goer, she writes regular music reviews for her blog, and also international concert and opera listings site Bachtrack.com and for US-based culture and arts site Culturevulture.net. In addition to writing a regular column on aspects of piano playing for 'Pianist' magazine's online content, Frances also contributes guest posts to other classical music and music education websites around the world, including the HelloStage blog, InterludeHK, Music Haven and The Sampler, the blog of soundandmusic.org, the UK charity for new music.
"The Cross-Eyed Pianist - a must-read for the keyboard inclined"
(Jessica Duchen, writer and music journalist)
Frances is co-founder and artistic director of the South London Concert Series, an innovative concert series which promotes rarely-performed and lesser-known piano repertoire in unusual concert settings.
A graduate of the University of Exeter, Frances holds Licentiate and Associate Diplomas (both with Distinction) in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London. Between 2008 and 2014 she studied privately with Penelope Roskell, professor of piano and piano pedagogy at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. Frances now studies with acclaimed teacher, pianist and writer Graham Fitch. She has also participated in masterclasses and workshops with Carlo Grante, Murray McLachlan, Charlotte Tomlinson, Christine Croshaw and Norma Fisher, and has received private tuition from Alan Fraser and James Lisney.
(photo: James Eppy)
The last time I visited LASSCO Brunswick House, my husband and I were looking at furniture for our house in Clapham. Back then it was the place to go for interesting bits and pieces at prices that wouldn't break the bank. It still is. But in those days the area was very far from a prime location. In the 10 or more years since, I have occasionally looked across from a car or bus as I pass through Vauxhall Cross and noticed the isolated Georgian house, standing in defiantly Dickensian splendour, on an island surrounded by sleek riverside architecture and brutally thundering roads.
Without the encouragement of my dear friend Fran [Frances] Wilson – the energetic co-founder and Artistic Director of the South London Concert Series – I would probably never have bothered to park the car or get off the bus or tube to explore any further. But her invitation to come along to an evening of intimate piano music was far too appealing to refuse. And the venue is practically on my doorstep…