Millers Music: Lockdown Stories

If the past year has demonstrated anything, it is that music has an innate power to bring people together, share stories and allows us to inspire eachother. Over the past few months, MIA Member Millers Music have been speaking to a plethora of musicians, hobbyists, industry professionals and local music communities across the nation to see how music has impacted their lockdown experience and helped them cope with the struggles of coping with a global pandemic.

Robin Philips

Throughout the pandemic, a new rising theme is the use of online streaming for both teaching, performing and communicating with other musicians, friends and family.

Millers Music speak to Robin Phillips, a Cambridgeshire based musician who is perhaps one of the best examples of adapting and utilising some fantastic tech to continue to inspire and share the power of music! Here, they discuss how he has been able to adapt to the virtual age and his experiences throughout the past year.

Click on Robin’s picture to read his story.

The pandemic has affected us all in some incredibly unique and unforeseeable ways. From gigging musicians to teachers, to industry professionals, we’ve all had to adapt, change and reconnect ourselves with the way we see music. One individual that has perhaps felt this change more than most is Dr. Chris Stanbury.

Dr. Chris Stanbury

Chris is not only a musician himself, but is also a key writer for many keyboard syllabuses across the world – Chances are if you’ve taken a piano or keyboard exam, he’s probably helped write it! Chris is also a product specialist and technician for Casio.

Millers Music speak to Chris to share his experiences during lockdown and how he has used this time to reconnect with his art.

Click on Chris’s picture to read his story.

Joel Rawlins

Joel Rawlins is a multi-instrumentalist and performer who, prior to the pandemic was performing all across the world. When lockdown hit however, like many of us, Joel was forced to return to the UK and adapt his approach. He has continued to use this time to rediscover his own affinity with music and now regularly posts incredible piano compositions on his facebook page as well as offering private online tuition in piano .

Millers Music caught up with Joel to see how the pandemic has impacted him and how music has continued to be a part of his life throughout this difficult time.

Click on Joel’s picture to read his story.

Dom Plays Sax

Millers Music speak to Dom (Dom Plays Sax), a successful saxophonist from Bedfordshire who can be found at countless weddings and venues across East Anglia. They caught up with Dom to see how he has been using this time to innovate and reconnect with his music, as well as offering people some much needed musical cheer ups!

Click on Dom’s picture to read his story.

Let’s Play The Piano

For many musicians, a real lifeline to their learning and enjoyment with music is discovering groups of like minded individuals who share a common passion for music. Whether it be through attending live events, online communities or simply listening to music, music has an innate power to bring people together.

Here, Millers Music focus on one such piano community group who are continuing to innovate and connect musicians and pianists during these difficult times and have managed to expand their reach across the world.

Cára Beard

Cára is a professional independent musician with an incredible history. Throughout lockdown, Cára has been continuing to master her craft and pursue her musical career, despite having to constantly adapt to new technologies and new audience demands.

Click on Cára’s picture and watch her interview for some insightful notes on some of the issues independent musicians face today.

Leanne Rae

Leanne is a pianist from Cambridge who can be regularly found performing around the city. She openly calls the piano “her first love”. When her performances came to a halt, Leanne turned inwards and was able to use this time to enhance her skills and continue to develop her love for piano.

Click on Leanne’s picture to read her story.


Advait is a musical experimentalist, pianist and composer from Cambridge who specialises in creating new and unique sounds that he hopes will inspire and catch the ear of his listeners. Millers Music caught up with Advait following the release of his new album Marvellica to discuss how the past year has impacted him and his musical process.

Click on Advait’s picture to read his story.

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