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Newsletter April 2020

Dear members and supporters of AGMA,

Due to the impact of the global pandemic, we are deeply saddened to announce cancellation of Around the Globe Piano Winners Recital, which was due to take place Saturday 9th May 2020 at St Cuthbert’s Church, London.

The 7th Piano Competition – Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2020 is booked for 28th and 29th November at The Study Society, Colet House in London W14. We sincerely hope that we will able to go ahead with these events as planned, believing the ending of pandemic and crisis by then.

Due to these troublesome times, Around the Globe Music Magazine 2020 is extending its DEADLINE for submission of articles, advertisements and other promotions till 31st May 2020. For guidelines visit:

We are thinking of you as we all pull together to adjust to current closure of concert venues, music services and schools to the vast majority, in this the rapidly changing times. AGMA team shares a passion and commitment to pianists of all ages and abilities, and the importance of their musical journey. We are working to develop alternative ways to deliver musical activities with the necessary safeguards in place as soon as we can. By working together and drawing on our combined experience and skills, we are confident in our ability to deliver alternative solutions to musical performance and other musical undertakings when social distancing.


As many of you are staying indoors for the most of your day, there might be more time for you to enjoying music, playing piano, listening and exploring different music styles and books. Today we want to introduce you to Butterflies – from The Butterfly Suite written for advanced piano players. This stunning piece is composed by Marcel Zidani, British virtuoso pianist, teacher and author.

‘Butterflies signifies spiritually the end of something old and the beginning of something new. The fluttery sensation of fight or flight with a slight adrenaline rush induced by the ascent to the unknown.’ A beautiful etude nominated by legendary pianist Leslie Howard for the British Composer Awards, describing the composition as ‘an excellent piece, beautifully written for the piano’. Butterflies is written very much in the style of a study and is sometimes called the Butterfly Etude. Although written before the two other movements, Broken Wing and Chrysalis, Butterflies is the last movement of the Butterfly Suite for Piano. It is written in the Romantic style and was appropriately characterised as simply ‘beautiful’ by Katie Derham on Radio 3. You can purchase the score: Listen via YouTube:


We care about you at this time as you come to terms with what is happening. Please do reach out for support if you need it by contacting us. We wish you to stay safe, well and healthy.



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