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I’ve worked with my vocal group, The Prince Consort, for over a decade and I’ve learned a few things about the secret world of the piano accompanist.

Tom Service wrote an excellent piece in the Guardian on this topic a few weeks ago, and as a piano accompanist myself - or collaborative pianist as they are known in the US - it was great to read an article from our perspective.

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MP3s first began to appear on the internet in 1994. They were at that point a kind of geek-oriented novelty. When the first widely-used audio player came online—-Winamp, in 1997—-the popularity of the format grew.

When Napster was launched in 1999, well, we all know what happened after that. MP3s flooded the internet, thanks (uh oh) to a user’s newfound ability to turn physical CDs into electronic files.

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