Piano Workshop for Amateur Pianists in West London, 29 June

To coincide with the one year anniversary of the London Piano Meetup Group, a vibrant social group for piano enthusiasts, we are holding a day long event that is open to all pianists (age 14+), not just our Meetup group members. The event features masterclasses from Graham Fitch and Dr Mark Polishook.

Date: Sunday 29 June
Time: 9.45am to 5pm
Playing Level: Any level from beginners to beyond!
Booking form available from londonpianoevents@gmail.com

Amateur Piano Workshop Day
Held at the beautiful 12th Century Church, St Mary’s in Perivale

We are fully booked for performers but we have plenty of observer spaces. There are 2 masterclasses with Graham Fitch and Dr. Mark Polishook.

Throughout the day there will be plenty of time for tea and coffee breaks, chatting, socialising and lunch at a pub (or you can bring a packed lunch). Fran will be making some delicious home-baked treats for us.

Bring along any sheet music that you no longer require for our ‘Sheet Music Swap’ table.

In addition to the masterclasses above, there will be group sessions on performance anxiety and stagecraft including hand-outs.

The day lasts from 9.45am to 5pm. We will head to The Myllet Arms pub afterwards (and also at lunchtime!)

Observers: £30
Performer place for masterclass with Graham Fitch: £50 (special price due to late cancellation)

Outline of the Day

9.45: Arrival & Refreshments

10.00: Warm up exercises. Performance Anxiety group.

10.30 – 12.30: ‘Improv for Classical Pianists‘ with Dr. Mark Polishook. Have you always wanted to know how to improvise but you don’t know where to start? Bring a piece you are working on (a classical piano piece is fine) and Mark will use this as the basis to learn to improvise. Mark returns by demand after his incredibly popular workshop in February.

12.45 – 1.45 – Lunch

2.00 – 4.00 – ‘Practising the Piano‘ Masterclass with Graham Fitch.

4.00 – Tea/Coffee

4.15 – 5.00 – Informal performance opportunity. Each Masterclass participant will have up to 5 minutes to perform.

 EPTA Piano Workshop

Notes&Notes: Graham Fitch

Sunday 14th September 2014
Doors at 2.45pm for a 3pm start.

A recital and talk by Graham Fitch followed by afternoon tea.

More information coming soon.

Venue: Parking on-street or approximately 20 minutes on foot from Finchley Road or West Hampstead tube stations.

Ticket booking now available by Paypal. We do not refund or reschedule tickets if you cannot attend. The price of afternoon tea is included in the ticket. Open to all ages.


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).