The aim of the Friends is to support the Team of Pianists by directly assisting the Team, helping to promote its activities and building membership of the Friends. Members receive discounts for some Team events such as masterclasses and lectures and will be invited to join in social and educational activities organised specifically for the Friends. The Friends also coordinate 'Friends Play for Friends', a group of members who are pianists who get together informally in members' homes to perform for each other. There are opportunities to meet the Team and other performers plus regular newsletters. New members also receive a free CD featuring recitals from the biennial Australian National Piano Award in Shepparton.
To join the Friends of the Team of Pianists, please download the Fotops Membership Brochure 2022. This contains an invitation from the President, details the objectives and benefits of FOTOPS membership, has Committee contact details for further information and includes your application form and methods of payment for your membership.
Alternatively, please send an email to: email@example.com or talk to one of the committee members at a Team of Pianists event.
Individually mounted and framed hammers from the late Max Cooke's final Bösendorfer grand piano, as used by so many of his talented protégés, are available for purchase as part of a 2022 fund-raising project, to help perpetuate Max Cooke's generosity towards young pianists, with events such as the Spring Piano School. These will be on display and for sale at the Pianomania!: the Team's Tribute to Max Cooke gala recital at Rippon Lea Ballroom, on Tuesday May 24, 2022.
The text in the frame reads: "This hammer, from Max Cooke's Bösendorfer grand piano, has experienced countless hours of use under the hands of a new generation of pianists, who captivate us with their performances both today and into the future".
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We are excited to announce a new two-year series of Classic Music in Historic Venues (2022-2024) supported by the Colin and Cicely Rigg Bequest, adminstered by Equity Trustees. With the conclusion of Pianomania! and our 2020/21 Rigg Bequest series, we are now developing this exciting new project, featuring outstanding artists and attractive concert programs in a range of metropolitan and regional historic venues. With the first concerts in forthcoming months, keep an eye on this website as this project takes shape.