Frances Wilson is a publicist and writer on classical music and pianism under the pen name The Cross-Eyed Pianist.
Frances Wilson has established a strong presence in the UK classical music world through her blog The Cross-Eyed Pianist (founded in 2010) and her many contacts with musicians through the popular Meet the Artist interview series (launched in 2012).
Really making a mark in the arts worldThomas Hewitt Jones, composer
Highly active on social media, she enjoys a large following online (c11,500 followers), and is a respected member of the UK classical piano scene. As an advanced amateur pianist and keen concert-goer herself, she is sympathetic to the needs of musicians, the processes involved in concert preparation, and audience engagement and retention.
…..very grateful for all that YOU do for the industry; you are so supportive of both established professionals as well as younger artists starting outAlisdair Hogarth, concert pianist
At the core of all of Frances’ activities is a passionate love of music and the piano in particular. Through her writing, publicity work, teaching and performing, Frances seeks to support musicians and to encourage people of all ages to enjoy and engage with classical music.
Thank you for the enthusiasm you bring to musicLeon Bosch, double bassist & conductor
In addition to her blog, Frances is co-founder/editor of ArtMuseLondon, an independent website focusing on reviews of art, music and culture, and is co-founder of Music into Words, a project exploring writing about classical music today, described by Tom Service (BBC Radio 3) as “hugely important……a brilliant agenda, raising really vital issues“. She has appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Music Matters to discuss the role of music criticism today and the effect of the internet on music journalism and writing. She is a writer for Hong Kong-based classical music site Interlude HK, and has contributed articles to Pianist magazine and The Schubertian, the journal of the Schubert Institute UK. She is concerts manager for Weymouth Lunchtime Chamber Concerts, a monthly recital series founded by pianist Duncan Honeybourne.
Frances returned to the piano seriously after an absence of nearly 25 years and achieved Licentiate and Associate performance diplomas, both with Distinction, in her late 40s. She has studied privately with leading pianist-teachers Penelope Roskell and Graham Fitch, and participated in masterclasses and coaching sessions with Murray McLachlan, Stephen Savage, James Lisney, Charlotte Tomlinson and Alan Fraser.
A confident and fluent pianist with an authoritative interpretative standpoint