Meeting up in a place beyond words…
‘Gisela Meyer played with lyrical expression and with gripping brilliance’. (Satie, three short pieces) ECHO RÜSSELSHEIM
‘She managed brilliantly to create a variety of sounds. Even the quietest notes were full of energy and could develop into a thundering fortissimo’. (Ravel, Miroirs) FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU.
“Congratulations, it was wonderful. I was transported to another place.” Audrey, (Quartet concert, 1st July 2014)
Brave – is that the right ending for feminine plural? Thank you for a lovely concert yesterday. It was a beautiful varied programme and you sounded great. Really enjoyed it. Well done on those high notes too! Richard Meares (Vocal recital with Siân Maddock on 10 December 2015)
‘It is of great compliment to say, you would work with someone again and again without hesitation, and that I can attest to, with Gisela.’ Aidan J Crowley, Oxford
Take a Breather – free sessions inspired by the ENO BREATH programme – TBC in autumn
Planned to re-start in the autumn (tbc), I am planning weekly, workshops on Zoom at a low cost, THURSDAY 6pm-6.45
“Dear Breathe Easy singers, I have been to one of Gisela’s meetings and found it increased my oxygen. She’s very friendly and it is worth joining her class to have a look.” (Tessa Jelen, Chair Westminster British Lung Foundation Support Group, and London Respiratory Clinical Leadership representative)
Newsletter, Concert mailing list, Events and Facebook groups
Read Gisela’s Newsletter April 2021. For a list of events, click here.
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Newsletter; Concert Mailing list; Clerkenwell Singalong; Workshops on Music Practice and/or Music Theory; Take a Breather
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FREE DISCUSSIONS and optional workshops*:
Join the Music Theory toolbox FB community here for a chance to discuss and ask questions, about any aspect of music theory and to take part in lectures and workshops*.
Join the Music Practice toolbox FB community here for a chance to exchange ideas and ask questions around your practice and to take part in lectures and workshops*.
If you are not a Facebook user but are interested in online workshops on the two topics above, you can express your interest in workshops* and lectures here.
* All workshops and lectures will incur a small fee and require you to sign up with your e-mail address. They will be conducted using Zoom. Sign up to be informed about the workshops here.
Upcoming workshops: Opening the Practice Toolbox – 24 May, 6-8pm Prices: £5 (passive) £15 (active)
Free Singalong on Zoom, on every second Tuesday of the month
The Clerkenwell Singalong – free, and open to all! – is an initiative created during lockdown in collaboration with Peel (http://www.peelinstitute.org.uk/). We sing songs from the shows, folk songs, etc. etc. – requests taken! It’s a big step up from singing in your bathroom, and a safe place to gain confidence – all singers have to be muted during songs – but a fun place to meet others and to connect through some lovely music. Read the first article about this event from the EC1 Echo and the latest one (from 4th February 21), by the Islington Tribune.
Events and concerts inspire listeners and performers alike, as they awaken and strengthen our passion for music making. They are such an amazing opportunity for sharing music – they may stimulate us, soothe us, move us to tears or lift our spirits. We connect as human beings, on a deeper level. During those special moments we might even feel that we have left our every-day world, for a time.
If you too feel inspired by classical music, have a browse through the website. Gisela loves connecting to people at concerts – she performs regularly, in the UK and beyond. In London, she organises her own series of regular concerts, at St. James’ church in Islington, London.
Are you a promoter or organiser of concerts? Browse and listen to videos here.
If your passion is vocal music, read more on the SINGING page.
Do you already have all the necessary information? Get in touch to discuss your project or to book Gisela for a concert or an event. Sign up here for Gisela’s newsletter or to join the concert mailing list.
In May 2015, Gisela was the pianist of “Sohini and Mahival” (composed by Baluji Shrivastav and Dario Marianelli) which was performed at the Southbank. This story, told in Urdu, combined opera, dance and puppetry, the music style merges Indian with European tradition, which was also reflected in the choice of instruments.
Gisela works closely with singer and songwriter Aidan Crowley and has produced piano backing tracks for several albums for him as well as actor/singer Tom Sutton.
Are you looking for a pianist or singer who is keen to explore the blending of all kinds of music and is up for collaborating in a mix of styles or with other performing arts? Get in touch to discuss your project.
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Music for your event
Whether it is a a wedding, birthday or funeral, a book launch, a vernissage for works of art or a corporate function- music is an important element to enhance any kind of event. If your choice of style is classical, music from the shows or easy listening, have a look here. Take a look and a listen, at the VIDEO page.
Get in touch to book Gisela, or for a free consultation about your event.
Do you need an accompanist for a private event, an exam or a professional recital? Or are you searching for a backing track to help you understand your song better? Read more on the ACCOMPANIMENT page. Get in touch for a quote.
“When we got home from your recital I found my book of preludes and had a try at some of the easy ones. The phone rang and it was my grandson who was doing the same thing in his house!” (Inspired by Chopin Préludes, 16 April 2019)
Listening to music is one thing – making music yourself is something else! And the ultimate pleasure is to then share it with others – whether in a concert or a private gathering (Yes, this will happen again!).
Do you have a piano gathering dust at home and you get this yearning look each time you pass it? Or a cello, tucked away in a cupboard… Have you always wanted to explore your singing voice further and are afraid you have not got one – or worse – have been told that you don’t? Or you believe the other all-to-common lie: “I am not musical”? Statements of this kind are truly damaging, and far too many people believe them, thinking active music making is for the select few.
Everyone is musical – no exceptions.
Are you ready to bust some myths – and acquire the skills to finally learn your favourite party piece? If the answer is yes, have a look at the COACHING page.
If you are already further along on your musical journey and are looking for a new teacher – or you need help with those extras (Theory, Aural, Sight reading, Sight singing, even Ensemble playing – when possible again!) – have a look at the COACHING page and Get in touch for a free online assessment.
Are you a professional looking for some inspiration from a colleague?
Piano and Singing lessons are offered up to diploma level. Musical coaching (including on languages, for singers) is available for all musicians. Get in touch for a free online consultation.
Lessons are available in groups or individually and either offered via Zoom, Skype, or (usually) from Gisela’s home near Angel and Farringdon tube stations.
Gisela has written film music for Moving Culture Film Productions in cooperation with director Erdogan Gilgil, and for him, scored four short films and two feature films. In 2020 she started collaborating with composer Dura Bangura, transcribing his song “My brother, my sister”.
Do you have any music to transcribe? Get in touch to discuss your project.
Gisela Meyer studied piano and cello in Germany and obtained a MMus in Accompaniment at the GSMD in London. She studies singing privately with Jessica Cash. Gisela is tutor for Chamber Ensembles, Piano and Singing at the City Lit and also teaches privately. She works as a freelance pianist, accompanist and singer and performs regularly in concerts in ensembles and as a soloist.
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