A full day of masterclasses and performance/stagecraft workshops for adult amateur pianists taking, or thinking of taking, a Performance Diploma (ABRSM, Trinity or LCM). Masterclasses will be led by acclaimed pianist, teacher and writer Graham Fitch, and Frances Wilson (AKA The Cross-Eyed Pianist) will offer advice on stagecraft and performance anxiety. Group feedback on performance and programme notes will also be provided.
Six performers will have the opportunity to play a good portion of their diploma programme (ca. 20 minutes) on a concert grand piano to a small and supportive audience, as a trial run before the exam itself. Graham will then work with each performer in detail on aspects of their performance. The performance will also be videoed so that performers can use it to reflect on their presentation in the run up to the exam.
For those who aren’t ready to perform yet, or for whom a diploma is more in the early planning stages, the day is an ideal opportunity to observe several hours of masterclasses on diploma-level playing, get ideas for repertoire and how to get started with preparing a programme, and also to meet other potential diploma candidates.
Fee for performers: £75
Fee for observers: £15
Performer places are now all reserved, but there is a waiting list – please email if you would like to be added to the waiting list firstname.lastname@example.org
To book an observer ticket, click here
Graham Fitch has earned a global reputation as an outstanding teacher of piano for all ages and levels. He is a popular adjudicator, a tutor for the EPTA Piano Teachers’ Course, and a regular writer for Pianist Magazine with several video demonstrations on YouTube. His blog www.practisingthepiano.com features hundreds of articles on piano playing and together with his multimedia eBook series is read by thousands of musicians all over the world.
Frances Wilson is a pianist, piano teacher, concert reviewer and blogger on classical music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist (and author of this blog). A passionate advocate of adult amateur pianism, Frances co-founded the London Piano Meetup Group in 2013 and is co-administrator of Piano Network UK on Facebook. She has hosted and participated in many workshops, masterclasses, courses and meetups for adult pianists, and completed Licentiate and Associate Performance Diplomas (both with Distinction) in her late 40s, having returned to the piano after a long break. Frances writes a regular column on aspects of piano playing for Pianist Magazine’s online content and is a regular guest blogger for HelloStage and InterludeHK.