Four hands, one piano.
I have just returned to my desk having been filmed playing two of the four hands in the piano duet of the first movement of Faure's Dolly Suite. It is a project run by Jon Jacob which will eventually appear on the BBC Proms site. He is filming lots of my colleagues and I presume that he will make a montage of the performances. I hope that the film is to promote our celebration of multiple pianos at this year's Proms, but I fear humiliation if only he cuts together the mistakes. Am I wrong to trust him?!
I try to play the piano every day. It is a humbling experience to be confronted by great music which you know you will never fully master, technically or musically. It is a constant reminder of the Olympian feats which are achieved on a daily basis by performers - talent which it is all too easily taken for granted. Regularly confronting my own inadequacies as a performing musician is a great way to bring to mind just how special professional musicians really are.