With the 2024 Southwark Awards approaching, here is our experience of winning the 2021 Business Resilience Award during lockdown.

For SE22 Piano School, winning the 2021 COVID-19 Business Resilience Award sponsored by Lendlease, was validation of their outstanding work to support clients and keep the business going during lockdowns.

Lorraine Liyanage, Head Teacher and founder, said: “Covid had been such a struggle and we had stayed afloat by looking at ways in which we could add more value while kids were at home during lockdown. We are the only business of its kind in the area and we got this award because we offered more than just the lesson.”

During the pandemic the school was able to offer Zoom music lessons and in addition, organised weekly group lessons that were open to all young musicians, not just students. These allowed a meeting place for both teachers and students to perform music for each other.

The winner’s graphic has been placed on the school’s website and social media and there has been a spike in enquiries since the Virtual Awards Ceremony last October and as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

The East Dulwich-based music school is now open for piano, guitar, singing and theory lessons in person, and helps students prepare for the upcoming music scholarships and aptitude tests to local state schools.

Its achievement in the 2021 Southwark Business Resilience Awards was all the more welcome after an initial disappointment in 2019.

“We first entered the awards programme in the year they started but didn’t get anywhere so decided to try again – in business you can’t get put off – and it was a massive surprise that we won.”

Awards Ceremony: January 31st 2016


Sunday 31 January 2016
Doors at 12.30pm
St Bart’s Church, 4 Westwood Hill, SE26. Parking on nearby streets.

Our event is proudly sponsored by Portico – Estate Agents in Dulwich.

Join us for our annual awards ceremony and recital.

We will have performances from pianists that are taking part in the Clementi Competition and Dulwich Music Festival. Entries are still open for both events.


Clementi Competition, March 2016:

A celebration of the music of Muzio Clementi at his former home in Kensington:

Edith Cooper: Allegro in C

Rowan Evans: Sonatina Op. 36 No. 6

Iris Smith: Away with Melancholy by Mozart (arranged by Clementi)

Alice Thomas: Arietta

Edmund Toms-Moate: Air from Judas Maccabeus (arranged by Clementi)



Medals: Alex ; Alexia; Alice; Alonzo; Colm; Damir ; Edmund ; Gabriel; Hannah; Luella; Luke; Micah; Nsikanabasi; Oliver; Olivia; Orla; Quincy; Rachel; William

Senior Shield for Exceptional Achievement: Rowan

Junior Shield for Exceptional Achievement: Edith

Beginners Cup: Sophia

SE22 Piano School Award: Alexander

Denise Patton Memorial Cup: Adam

ABRSM Superstar Awards: Isabelle H; Connor

Theory Cup: Isabelle R

Duet Ensemble Award: Alisha


Today is the SE22 Piano School Winter Recital and Awards Ceremony

We’re really looking forward to hearing our students play at the SE22 Piano School Winter Recital and Awards Ceremony today. If you are not able to attend, you can view the printed programme online by clicking on the image below.

Click to view the Programme
Click to view the Programme