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Newsletter March 2022

We are pleased to announce our return to organising live events, including the Around the Globe Concert Series.

Our inspirational ‘MUSICAL COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW’ piano concert, scheduled for June 2022, will include music artists from all different parts of the world, such as composer and pianist Mónica Cárdenas and The Darina Piano Duo

It will take place at the exciting new venue, the aesthetically pleasing St Cuthbert’s Church, in the prestigious area of Kensington in South West London. The performers will be playing on the superb Yamaha Grand, sponsored by Markson Pianos.

More info on Markson Pianos showrooms and services at:

Around the Globe Concert Series

Musical Colours of the Rainbow


Saturday 18th June 2022, 19.30 BST-21.30 BST


St Cuthbert’s Church

50 Philbeach Gardens, Earl’s Court, London SW5 9EB


The Darina Piano Duo was established by pianists Antonina Koleva-Lax and Alla Levit-Anderson in 2014 and have performed in London, York and Durham. Their extensive repertoire includes Russian, English, German, French and Balkan composers, notably Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Bizet, Lyadov, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rubinstein, Arensky, Stravinsky, Gavrilin and Vujić.

The duo founded the successful concert series Russian Seasons in Paris. Many British contemporary composers such as Graham Lynch, Melanie Spanswick, Heather Hammond and Lindsey Berwin have composed music, especially for Alla and Antonina.

Dr Antonina Koleva-Lax Antonina began her music and piano lessons when she was seven years old at a local music school in Yambol, Bulgaria. At the age of 16, she moved to Russia to study piano in the city of Tyumen (West Siberia) at the Tyumen Art College, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performing and Teaching (1987), followed by a master’s degree (1992) from Tyumen State University. Antonina is a piano soloist and a chamber musician performing mainly in NE England. Since settling in the UK in 2005, she has also been teaching extensively at Durham University, the Sage, and is a Music Director of Academia di Musica Amata.

Alla Levit-Anderson Alla is a Russian concert pianist and pedagogue who has settled in England for the last 14 years. She started studying piano at the Special Music School for Gifted Children and later graduated in piano performance, chamber music, accompaniment and teaching at the famous St. Petersburg Conservatoire Rimsky-Korsakov. Alla performed in the Small and Grand Halls of St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Conservatoire, the Concert Halls of St. Petersburg and Moscow Unions of Composers, and many other places in Russia, Germany, Portugal and the UK.

Mónica Cárdenas – composer and pianist

Mónica is Peruvian-Spanish who began her piano studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Lima, Perú and the Tchaikovsky Conservatories in Kiev and Moscow. In 2019 she obtained the Fellowship Diploma equivalent to a Master’s degree in composition from West London University. Mónica currently lives in Germany, where she has developed an extensive repertoire as a composer and pianist. This period as a composer has led her to receive awards and distinctions, such as the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards 2021 and the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the 2nd World Composition Competition 2021 in Austria. Her compositions are for piano, chamber music, symphonies and theatre.

10 Preludes and Fugues of Latin America is a cycle of work that Mónica Cárdenas composed in 2020 and recorded in 2021. This CD production led her to win the Gold Medal at the Global Music Awards in 2021. The style of these Preludes and Fugues is an exciting fusion between the conventionally classical combined with original rhythms from Latin America such as the Yugo, the Zapateo, the Zamacueca, the Festejo, the Malambo, the Tango, the Bossa Nova, the Chorinho, the Mambo, the Habanera and the Huapango.



We are proud to be holding our Second Young Musicologist AGMA Competition 2022 for a well-written article on modern composers and their piano works written after 1970 including different Contemporary Classical and Jazz styles. It is open to junior students up to 18 years of age to raise and develop their musical writing to a higher educational level. There are TWO categories, including pupils who are 14 years old and under and 18 years and under. The winners’ articles will be published on AGMA’s website and this year’s Newsletters.

There are also special prizes to be won, including the Women Composers Anthology (three volumes), the latest books by Melanie Spanswick, courtesy of Schott music publisher.

The deadline for the article submission is 3rd June 2022, 23.00 BST.

Applications need to be made by an adult, teacher, parent or guardian. You may apply by sending the article, written in English, using an attachment in the Word file or similar, along with your cover letter where it should state: – The name and age of the applicant – The title of the article – Name of applicant’s tutor/mentor – Correspondence address

The entrance fee is £18 and can be made electronically to Around the Globe Music & Arts bank account, which details will be sent to you upon the application. Application to be sent to the AGMA Editor:


The article’s length should be between 1000 – 1200 words, including a bibliography.

  1. The article should contain information about:

– the composer, his piano opus, style and the epoch – the chosen piano work, including the musical analysis and use of different techniques and creative history of the composition.

  1. The article should give your personal view of the composition, including the reason behind your choice, its sentimental and creative value and technical challenges, and describe the interesting figurative aspect.


By developing your voice and expressing an opinion, your story or idea will personalize the writing and highlight the uniqueness of your experiences. Inject your life into the writing as appropriate and search for a sense of place or narrative. Use italics for titles of recordings (albums/cd’s), concerts, videos, books or other literature. The quotations should be used for composition, chapters, and article titles; punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. Write out the numbers nine and under in words and numbers that begin a sentence; otherwise, use numerals. Use numerals for decades, except at the beginning of a sentence. Use four digits for the first reference, with no apostrophe and then two digits with an initial apostrophe (e.g., the 1980s then ’80s).


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