A Student Concert in Brighton

Last weekend I had the great pleasure of attending and performing in a student concert organised by pianist and piano teacher Helen Burford. It's always interesting to hear the students of another teacher perform, and is a great way of exploring new repertoire and celebrating the pleasures of playing the piano. Held in the Quaker… Continue reading A Student Concert in Brighton

General, Repertoire

James Bond Concert Study

A "study" or "étude" is a short, often considerably difficult, and technically advanced piece designed to help perfect a particular musical skill, such as finger dexterity, octaves, scale passages, balance and tone control, and co-ordination. In the 19th century Fryderyk Chopin elevated the etude from dull student study to concert showpiece, and his Études Op.… Continue reading James Bond Concert Study

General, Piano teaching

At the Piano With……Philip Fowke

The first in an occasional series of interviews with piano teachers - and I am delighted to launch this new series with an interview with acclaimed pianist and teacher Philip Fowke. Philip Fowke What is your first memory of the piano? My first memory of the piano was when my parents bought an upright for… Continue reading At the Piano With……Philip Fowke