Positive feedback

Satisfied tenants leave positive feedback after staying in a house full of classical music and excellent feng shui in London. The house is now available for rent.

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This compact Victorian cottage has excellent feng shui and a history of house concerts that made the neighborhood a community. Shortly before I left London, I set up the Neighborhood Watch which became a resident association. Soon I will experience that familiar feeling of “coming home” once more.  Below are examples of positive feedback from satisfied tenants.

Garden at Victorian Cottage in London
Historians from Canada and USA, October – November 2008  The house was lovely, and I really enjoyed the opportunity to have a proper home. I’ve been researching with much less comfortable housing for the past three weeks and I definitely miss it.Thanks again for everything. I’ve really loved staying in your house. It’s a wonderful place.
Medical doctor, nurse, and young daughter (3) from Alaska,
Jan – July 2008
We are going to have so many fun memories. Icing on the cake to a great sabbatical in London. Thank you so much.
Family of four from New Zealand: grandparents & two grandchildren (10 & 12),
July 2006
We would recommend it to anyone considering renting the house! We were all very happy there and enjoyed our holiday immensely.The cottage is ideally situated – sunny and comfortable. Quiet location – handy to all facilities. The house is very well equipped – everything we needed for a family stay. We had a most enjoyable time and, although it was only for three weeks, the house was soon referred to as “home” – such was the pleasant atmosphere that has been created.
Family of four from abroad,
2004-2006
We took a long let (18 months) at this lovely property and have not regretted it for one minute. The house has an ambience that makes it a home. We have two small children and there was plenty of space for them to play in the living room, the dining room and the tiled, walled garden with its gorgeous camellia.It was lovely in summer or winter to stroll in Fielding Walk, which the back garden overlooks, while the close proximity of Lammas and Walpole Parks were such an advantage for the children. The play centre in Lammas Park is a wonderful free resource and close by Fielding School has a great reputation.

Street parking has never been a problem and the tube is just a few minutes walk away, great for getting to Heathrow or going to the West End for a night. The local shops were a few minutes walk away and bigger supermarkets just 15-20 minutes walking or a short bus ride.

We felt like we were living in caring community where neighbours are neighbourly, helpful and friendly and our landlady, Anne, very easy to get along with.

Thanks so much Anne and Robert. When we are settled back in our home country, please come and visit us.

French/Chinese couple (30’s) with 6 year old son, January 2004  We stayed in Anne’s house for five weeks before moving to our own.Anne’s house is lovely and comfortable, especially the very bright kitchen with a view to the garden.The house is in a quiet and convenient area (for those who take the tube).

We really made ourselves feel at home in Anne’s house, partly because Anne is a very nice and understanding landlady (not easy to find in London)!!

3rd generation Irish
single, harpist, 40’s
As always, one instinctively knows within minutes of walking in the front door, whether or not a house would be a happy place to make your home. On my first visit to Anne’s home, I instantly knew that this house had been given much love, care and attention over the years.The nice exceptionally clean and bright dining room and kitchen are very romantic. The rear walled garden is where we had the most rememberable barbecue last summer, I remember playing harp in the garden after the party till the early hours. The house is in such a quiet road, I slept so well and felt I was on holiday there !
English/American
single, pianist, 20’s,
Sept-Dec 2003
Anne’s house is a haven of peace and tranquility, the kitchen is modern and very cosy and the antique wooden floors and white walls make the whole house very furbished and very clean with a rich Victorian feel. I loved staying there, there’s lots of room, lots of people could stay as there are 2 bedrooms and a completely furnished loft. You won’t find another house like this that you can rent in Ealing.The garden is very peaceful and extremely well kept and has the been the scene of many garden parties and barbeques. Everyone who has stayed there, including me, have felt disappointed to leave.
English/Italian
single, pianist, late 30’s
Anne’s house offers the perfect ambience after a busy day in London. Situated down a pretty tree-lined avenue, the 10 minute walk from the tube station is well worth the effort.Inside there is everything you need: a well equipped kitchen, spacious dining room and lounge, quiet comfortable bedrooms and a modern stylish bathroom. The house is also within easy reach of late night convenience stores, restaurants and take aways.

The guestbook after the Glass Vase Concert

The best part after producing and/or giving a house concert is reading the guest book. I like to save this ritual to a quiet time after everyone else has left. This morning I shared our ritual of reading from the guest book with the organisers and volunteers.

The best part after producing and/or giving a house concert is reading the guest book. I like to save this ritual to a quiet time after everyone else has left.

Yesterday between 14:00 and 04:00, some 80 people flowed through our monument house to attend four different concerts performed by a dozen musicians in the Glass Vase Concert.

Two professional photographers and a film maker were present to capture the musicians in action and the audience indoors and outdoors. One concert was held in the back garden. 50 diners shared an Egyptian meal together.

We had the finest French wines from a local wine merchant who also plays the classical guitar and, as a gesture of supporting this series for the second time, donated a bottle of 2002 Churchill port.

Robert proudly served his new home brewed beer in Monument House glass mugs that he designed when he first started brewing beer in 2007. It was an incredible event on a beautiful sunny day in Utrecht, Netherlands.

Queuing for Egyptian dinner in the garden of Monument House Utrecht
Queuing for Egyptian dinner in the garden of Monument House Utrecht. Photo: Serge van Empelen

This morning I shared our ritual of reading from the guest book with the organisers and volunteers.

Thank you very much for opening your home for this truly warm, friendly and very musical event. I came on my own but I did not feel that I was alone. I loved the music, food, hospitality, and the mix of people that turned up. I hope you gain more energy from this than you have put into it! Glad I came.
Sharon, a university lecturer from Singapore / Utrecht

Thank you for inviting me and my mother to this wonderful cultural and thoroughly enjoyable event. Especially after a long and stressful week in the US, I was glad to be immersed into Dutch culture again, accompanied by wonderful music, company, and food. Very well organised and worth repeating. We will stay in touch.
Rajesh, Indian consultant from Eindhoven

Again, I was enthusiastic about the concert, the atmosphere and open-ness of your house!
Elisabeth, German psychologist from Utrecht

As always, a joy to have been here. Great food, even better music. Thanks,
Onno, Dutch university student from Nieuw Vennep

This was lots of fun. We loved the music and the company. Wish we had heard you play, but we bought the CD so we’ll have to make do with that.
Gary & Phoebe, American couple from Den Haag

What a delight and honour to be included in this! Dank u wel,
Jeff, American mediator and concert producer from Houston, Texas

For me this was the first experience of a house concert, and I’ll have to say that I really enjoyed the whole thing a lot. It has also been for me the first closest encounter to musicians playing in such a closed and cosy space.
Balinder, Indian IT consultant from Zeist

I really, really, really enjoyed being a guest in your house today! Wonderful atmosphere, people, food, drinks + MUSIC! See you next time, enjoy!
Marianne Verbrugge, Dutch vocalist and composer from Utrecht

Thanks for hosting such a wonderful day of concerts! Thanks for letting us play! We had a great time. I’m looking forward to the next!
Stephanie Hunt, American cellist from the Hague

Thank you very much for organising all this. I enjoyed a lot! All the best!
Fernando Venturin, Brazilian cellist from the Hague

Thanks for the opportunity to perform Elgar and Glinka. I enjoyed it very much. Hopefully there will be a next time.
Nicky Bouwers, Dutch contralto from Rotterdam

Thank you so much for organising this great concert. I really enjoyed playing for this interesting, diverse audience. Everybody is invited to my final exam the 18th of June 10:30 am. See you there!
Leonie de Klerk, Dutch pianist from Utrecht

Guests and musicians of Monument House Concert Series Glass Vase Concert in Utrecht. Photo: Serge van Empelen
Guests and musicians of Monument House Concert Series Glass Vase Concert in Utrecht. Photo: Serge van Empelen

Not everyone signed the guest book, but there is always the online guest book here. Leave a reply.

Feedback from audiences and readers

How I would like to capture the reaction in real-time rather than trying to recall it after the concert! A few ladies in the audience remembered that we had performed there a year ago and pointed to the chairs where we had sat and conversed well after the concert over wine and cheese.

While live feedback is great, we also get emails from those who have seen our youtube clips and perused our website.

After our concert in Bloemendaal (near Haarlem in the Netherlands), I mentally told myself to remember the reaction of the audience.

The lady who thanked us on behalf of everyone said, “We don’t hear the piano and guitar a lot — an unusual combination. Sometimes it sounds like a real orchestra!” The piano and the guitar, being polyphonic instruments, can sound like multiple instruments, unlike single voiced instruments. But to sound like an orchestra — that’s a compliment indeed!

Our guest, an art history professor from the mid-West (United States), exclaimed, “It was very exciting… intense… and emotional (for me). In the Vivaldi, I heard both of you as one instrument when you were playing together — totally in sync.”

She said that the 90-year old lady sitting adjacent, who was hard of seeing but not hard of hearing, had remarked during the concert that the music was very difficult to play

How I would like to capture the reaction in real-time rather than trying to recall it after the concert! A few ladies in the audience remembered that we had performed there a year ago and pointed to the chairs where we had sat and conversed well after the concert over wine and cheese. I, for one, was grateful for the glass of cool white wine, on such a warm Saturday afternoon in mid-spring.

While live feedback is rewarding due to the immediacy and spontaneity, we also get emails from those who have seen our youtube clips and perused our website. Usually they write to request for sheet music or CD. And I linger a bit before composing an appropriate reply as to why we don’t have sheet music or CD to send.

Here are several recent ones, copied and pasted below, to add to the feedback page.

Hello, I´m writing from Argentina to tell you I´ve seen your page and I liked very much your performances. I also have a guitar & piano duet so we´re interested in your transcriptions we can´t get because of the reduced repertory for guitar and piano (at least comparing with others duets). As we live in Argentina it´s a bit difficult to get that kind of scores. We wanted to ask you if you could send to this e-mail some of the works you play together (original or transcriptions) in PDF format.

Thanks, you´re a great duet.

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I have been watching your videos and reading about your duo, and I have to admit, I have had a very hard time finding music for piano and guitar that isn’t something between rock and roll and jazz as well. I don’t mind playing that kind of music, in fact I have a lot of fun playing it, but I’ve been looking for a classical repertoire with my friend for a piano guitar duo for some time now. and so I just wanted to ask you, would there be anyway to know if it is possible for me to acquire some of the sheet music you play? or even ideas for where I should look for it? Thank you very much for you time.

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My girlfriend and I are finishing our studies at the academy. She is playing piano and I am a guitarist. So, since our final exam is in June, I am begging you to send us some pdf sheet music for piano and guitar duo. We heard how you play Erik Otte’s composition and it was breathtaking! Something like that or Piazzolla maybe woud be perfect. Please, have in mind that we can’t find any sheet music here.

Your followers!
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I bought your piano solos cd some years ago, and now, having found your site again, am wondering if you have any recordings of your piano guitar duo available for purchase?

Thank you very much for your attention to this,