Variations for Judith
11 short reflections on Bist du bei mir (G H Stölzel arr. JS Bach)

Articles Summer 2012


Finding the sweet spot: writing for amateur pianists

The Guardian, Tarik O’Regan, Judith Serota - June 2012

  • Asked to contribute a piece to a book of piano variations for amateurs, Tarik O'Regan turned to Bartók. He explains why; while Judith Serota introduces the Variations for Judith project .

Classical Music Magazine 'Premiere Choice' - June 2012

'An exquisite set of miniatures'


The Guardian, Melvyn Tan turns guinea pig: are musicians like athletes?, Tom Service  - July 2012

Do concert pianists need Olympian levels of fitness to cope with the strains of performance? Science is using Melvyn Tan to find out.


Reviews Summer 2012


The Guardian, Guy Dammann - June 2012

'Serota's variations are also intended for amateur performance and have some lovely, eminently playable things among them.'


The Telegraph, Ivan Hewitt - June 2012

'Tan began with the song itself, a beautiful thing that wraps the resignation of old age and the innocence of childhood together.'

' ... Richard Rodney Bennett, who found a rich, Great-American-Songbook pathos in the melody that no-one could have suspected. And yet somehow he preserved the shape and the delicacy of the original, like a bottled essence. It was a virtuoso feat'


The Sunday Times, Paul Driver - June 2012

'A remarkable present ...'


I care if you listen, Richard Barnard - July 12

'The theme (realised by organist David Titterington) set out a blank canvas, stripped of any ornaments or unnecessary notes. The different voices and approaches to the brief did mean that a sense of overall structure – the logical flow from one variation to the next wasn’t there. Rather we visited different characters, talking in different languages, but came away humming the same tune. The composers generally behaved themselves by keeping to an ‘intermediate’ level, which again demonstrated that writing easy music is hard and tends to focus the technique of composers.'


Gramophone, Jed Distler  - November 2012

  • 'Each piece flows from one to the next, abetted by Tan's mellifluous and caring interpretations. A most enjoyable, enchanting 22 minutes of music, well worth downloading'