Practising the Piano

Practising the Piano

Graham Fitch, adjudicator for the 2013 Dulwich Piano Festival has just released an interactive e-Book on the subject of Practising the Piano. We think this is a great resource for students of all ages to help you understand how to get the most out of your daily practice session. Graham writes:

Playing the piano is not easy – if it were, surely everyone would want to do it? We know that to succeed as a pianist requires practice, and lots of it. But how do we practise? What exactly do we need to do day by day to reach our goals? There are many books on piano playing, but surprisingly few that deal with the art of practising. Given the amount of time an aspiring pianist needs to spend at the instrument on a regular basis, it is surely very important to know exactly what to do, and how to make the best use of this time. Practising The Piano is an interactive series of ebooks on the subject of practising directed at serious students of the piano of all ages. It will be as useful for the advanced player as for the intermediate level, and will be of special interest to piano teachers. It will equip you with specific tools to help you every step of the way, and give you concrete skills to learn pieces, solve problems, memorise, and much more. You’ll notice real results in your playing – guaranteed!

Click here for more information on Part 1 of the series (The Practice Tools).

Dulwich Piano Festival

Dulwich Piano Festival

The deadline has now passed for the 2013 Dulwich Piano Festival. Audience members are welcome to attend the event. The entry fee on the door is £1. The event takes place on Sunday 23 June at the Lanchbery Rehearsal Rooms, Alleyn’s School, Townley Road, East Dulwich.

We have over 100 pianists competing in the festival including classes for adults, many classes for beginners, duet classes, a harpsichord class and a Concerto class.

The 2013 adjudicators are Graham Fitch and Frances Wilson.

Winter Recital at Alleyn’s School

Read our review of our annual student piano recital at the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School.

We had 3 concerts over the space of 8 hours. Over 300 audience members and participants took part in the event! We had guest performances from opera singers Adwoa Dickson and Teuta Koco and saxophonist Barry Sullivan. SE22 Piano School students, past and present, came to perform. We were delighted that Joe Ruddleston joined us Bristol where he is studying music to perform a gorgeous piece by Liszt. Other guest performers included Madelaine Jones and Helen Burford.

Here is a video of Safiya performing one of her Grade 3 ABRSM Piano pieces. Safiya recently sat the exam and gained a Distinction. Congratulations, Safiya!


Award Winners:

Junior Shield – Poppy W.
Senior Shield – Pedro and Inigo
Beginners’ Cup – Hannah
Theory Cup – Boo
ABRSM Superstar – Safiya and Maggie-Anne
Rockschool Superstar – Agnes