Watch the winning performance from Sunday’s Harpsichord Competition at the Horniman


Safiya plays a Grade 6 piece by Scarlatti. Safiya studies with Lorraine Liyanage at the SE22 Piano School.

The Dulwich Piano Festival presents the Under 18s Harpsichord Competition for the first time at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in Forest Hill, South London.

The aim of the competition is to bring relevance to the music that we play by performing it on the instrument for which it was written. Our adjudicator Steven Devine says “Collections of historical instruments like this are crucial to our understanding of music and by unlocking the secrets of the instruments, we gain a deeper understanding of the music written for them.”

Meet the Students: Safiya

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Grade 4 Piano - Distinction

I enjoy playing the piano. When I am practicing for an exam it gets a little, well, boring. This is just because you have to practice the same pieces, scales, sight reading and aural every single day!

My mum always sits with me when I practice and we practice for 1 hour a day but often more at the weekends when I have more time. My mum never lets me have a day off because she says that I have to touch the piano every day (even for a little while) and that practice makes perfect or gets you as close as possible to it.

Piano Trophy East DulwichMy mum says that no one is perfect, although I think Lang Lang may be 🙂 I guess my mum could be right as I have done my grade 1, 2, 3 and 4 exams and have got a distinction for all of them. That makes me feel good especially as I usually get a good treat for achieving a distinction. Thank you for listening.

Written by Safiya Williams, age 8
(James Allen Girls’ School).

Safiya is working on Grade 5 Jazz Piano and Grade 3 theory. She studies with Lorraine Liyanage.