Performances

I’ve always been fascinated by the subtle connection between music and visual arts, dance, drama and literature. The idea is to enrich people’s experience by bringing at least two types of arts together and sometimes even engage the audience in the process.

Petra Milarová, Founder of Milar Music & Well-Being

Decorating Time and Space

Our last event, ‘Decorating Time and Space’ at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, evolved from the philosophical idea that music is decorating time while painting is decorating space. A violin and piano recital was coupled with live painting, so that people could see the process.

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Our future workshops will be more educational, so that people can get involved in the painting process while being inspired by the music.

We are planning music & dance and music & literature concerts, followed by workshops soon. Watch this space!

Workshops

 

 

Music, Movement, Mindfulness

The healing power of music is immense. When we gently move our body we release negative emotions and mindfulness helps us to live here and now.

Our workshops usually involve two lecturers, one is leading gentle, yoga or tai-chi based movement, followed by breath work and a deep relaxation (meditation), and the other one is playing gentle therapeutic music. Some data and statistics about healing effects of both are being presented to the audience, followed by an interested talk about how to work with negative emotions and bring mindfulness into your everyday life.

 

 

Corporate lectures and concerts

Heal yourself and heal the planet

Pursuing sustainable development goals, mainly ecology and health, Milar Music & Well-being is offering classical music recitals with a lecture on music and coherence. A state of coherence is when we are in alignment, our parasympathetic nervous system and relaxation response have been activated, our heart rate and breathing slow down, our thoughts are positive and we feel emotionally balanced.

There are several techniques to achieve this, all taught in our workshops:

  • listening to relaxing music
  • breathing techniques
  • relaxation
  • mindfulness techniques

My belief is that when we heal ourselves we will have more capacity to heal the planet. A high percentage of our income from these projects will go into planting trees. We also ask companies to go more green.

Health & Well-Being

For individuals and musicians

INDIVIDUAL DRU YOGA & MINDFULNESS LESSONS

Spoiler alert! This isn’t a traditional yoga class but a holistic approach to everyone’s individual well-being. The session involves client’s input and their goals on physical, emotional and mental (spiritual) levels. Based on their individual needs and preferences, the session will involve a gentle activation, energy block release sequence, a couple of flowing postures, some breath work and a deep relaxation or meditation.

These lessons are bespoke to people’s individual needs, so 1:1 is preferred and 1:2 negotiable (family, couples, friends).

What is Dru yoga?

WORKSHOPS

Workshops on Body Mapping and Dru yoga are available for conservatoire/music colleges students, orchestral players, instrumental music teachers and freelanced performers.

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BODY MAPPING

Professional musicians and students of music! You’ll no longer suffer from pain or repetitive stress injury. It’s possible to move with freedom and without pain when we know exactly how our body operates in movement and when we train our movement, senses and attention.

What is Body Mapping?

Tuition

Piano Lessons

A couple of places are available for higher grades (6-8 ABRSM) and Diplomas.

Focus is on wide range of repertoire, technique, sight-reading and programme notes consultations for Diplomas.

I offer dedicated students many performing opportunities, such as festivals, competitions, contemporary music showcases (Chetham’s Schools of Music EVC and EPTA event and many other).

Accompaniments and chamber music

If you are an instrumentalist or a singer working towards a recital or an exam, or have a chamber music group that would like a consultation, please get in touch!

Czech language coaching for singers

As a Czech native speaker I offer coaching (coupled with accompaniments) for opera singers who are studying their role in the original language (Smetana, Dvorak, Janacek…).

Equally I’m available for English language consultations to Czech students/professional musicians who have started teaching or rehearsing in English to help with ABRSM/Trinity requirements, musical terminology, theory & more.

About Petra Milarová

Musician, Teacher and Well-being Coach

MUSICIAN

Born in the Czech Republic, prize-winning pianist Petra Milarová moved to the UK shortly after completing her Master’s degree at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Petra is a founder member of the Mercia Ensemble (operatic soprano, clarinet and piano) with Claire Wild and Emma Pountney. As a collaborative pianist, she has been working with many distinguished musicians accross the UK and Europe. Petra has performed concertos with the Czech Pilsen, Janáček and Olomouc Philharmonic Orchestras, the Turkish Haccettepe Symphonic Orchestra and the English Wyre Forest and Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestras. She has featured in performances with the National Theatre in Prague, British Isles Music Festival, California Summer Music, Ambassador’s Concert Series in Prague as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London and has recorded a CD for the InnoVatio company.

A prize-winner of international piano competitions (Concourse Musicale de France 2012, Cittá di Barletta – Young Pianist Prize and Chamber Music Prize in Italy 2011, Smetana International Piano Competition in Pilsen 2010, Beethoven International Piano Competition in Hradec 2003 and Chopin Piano Competition in Marienbad 2001), Petra has appeared in concerts both as a soloist and a chamber musician throughout many varied venues in the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey, UK and the US.

After having graduated from the Janáček Conservatoire in Ostrava in 2004 (studied with Prof. Monika Tugendliebová), Petra attended Musikhochschule in Lucerne, Switzerland, where she obtained a Concert Diploma with honours and the Edwin Fisher Prize. Whilst teaching piano as a second study at the Prague Conervatoire, she continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague as a student of Prof. Ivan Klánský and graduted with a Master’s degree in 2011. After having moved to the UK in 2012, Petra studied at Birmingham Conservatoire with Prof. Margaret Fingerhut (Personal Study Programme) and won first prizes in the Peter Donohoe, John Ireland and Renna Kellaway piano competitions. During her studies Petra attended masterclasses in Europe and USA with Garrick Ohlsson, Arakdi Zenzipér, Jenő Jandó, Andrew Ball, Peter Donohoe, Avo Kouyoumdjian and various other world renowned musicians.

Petra is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a member of the Musicians Union.

TEACHER

Petra has been teaching piano for over 15 years. She started her private tuition in Lucerne, Switzerland and very soon joined the International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague, Czech Republic, followed by a teaching post at the Prague Conservatoire. When she moved to the UK in 2012, she set up her private practice in the Midlands (currently based in Lichfield). Petra has taught in Repton School (2013-2019), Wolverhampton Grammar School (2013-2015), Lichfield Cathedral School (2018-2019) and is currently tutoring at both the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and LSF Music School in Loughborough.

Petra has successfully prepared hundreds of students (aged 6-59) for their ABRSM and Trinity graded exams and Diplomas. Many of her students win prizes in regional competitions and participate in EPTA concerts. Several of her graduates have gone on to study music degrees at music colleges or conservatoires.

Petra is also a member of the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA)

WELL-BEING COACH

Growing up in a family of healers, Petra has always been interested in alternative healing and energy work. Having practised yoga regularly for over a decade, in 2015 she began a 2.5 year Dru Yoga teacher training course. This helped her to become more aware of her movements as a musician and led to a deeper interest and further study in mindfulness and meditation.

As a professional musician that has suffered from tendinitis and repetitive stress injury, Petra can attest first hand to the benefits of the Body Mapping techniques that she has been studying since 2012 and will soon graduate to become a certified tutor. She has worked with renowned musicians and specialists in body work and physiotherapy, such as Lisa Marsh and Ruth Boaler.

Through Milar Music & Well-Being, Petra has a private practice for 1:1 Dru yoga, Body Mapping and mindfulness techniques, helping musicians and other professionals who suffer from repetitive strain injury, pain or anxiety. She also runs bespoke Music/Movement/Mindfulness workshops in the Midlands, UK.

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All of our services are bespoke. To learn more about how Milar Music & Well-Being can help you to achieve your goals, contact us using the form below and we’ll get back to you at the earliest chance. Alternatively you can email us on info@milarmusicwellbeing.com

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