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Music finds a way
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Music finds a way

Over the last few months, we’ve observed how the music world has adapted, taking on a new role – to transport, educate, entertain- providing escapism and relief.  Here at Finchcocks, we interview our musicians: concert pianists and teachers, to find out how they’ve adapted… Q&A with Warren Mailley-Smith and Graham Fitch Graham, thanks for taking...

Live from Finchcocks with Helen Lacey
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Live from Finchcocks with Helen Lacey

This month we welcomed back Helen Lacey (soprano) & Helen Ridout (pianist), to Finchcocks for a live streamed concert from our outdoor stage… In collaboration with the Lamberhurst Music Festival, Finchcocks live-streamed this seasonal recital via the Facebook page – watch again if you missed it! Programme includes repertoire by: Donaudy, Ravel, Poulenc, Puccini and...

NEW beginner courses
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NEW beginner courses

Why it’s not too soon to apply for your first course and what’s on offer:   You’ve just started your piano journey… Perhaps, you began as a child and have picked it up again as an adult… or you are a complete beginner enjoying it as a hobby alongside work. Look no further, we have...

Your top ten moments of 2019
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Your top ten moments of 2019

Its our 1st Birthday! We hear from our participants about what made their experience of Finchcocks special this year…   1. Inspiring tutors Our tutors are all professional musicians and teachers, in demand across the UK and abroad. Our esteemed list of tutors includes: Graham Fitch, Melanie Spanswick and David Hall. “David Hall is an...

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Top ten tips for effective practice

Practice is a vital part of learning & performing- how do we make our session truly productive? The Finchcocks team share their top tips for meaningful improvement in practice… Warming up: Like any physical work out, warm-ups for musical practice are vital too. They are an opportunity to prepare your body and mind for work...

MEET OUR STAFF: Assistant Course Director Jenny Maslin
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MEET OUR STAFF: Assistant Course Director Jenny Maslin

Tell us a little about your role at Finchcocks…                                         I have been working part time at Finchcocks for about 9 months now and absolutely love it. I have two main responsibilities, one of which is administrative, and the other is my shared role with Helen hosting and facilitating our piano courses. I really enjoy marrying...

Participant Diary: Anna Braddick
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Participant Diary: Anna Braddick

Spotlight on … 18 year old student and pianist, Anna Braddick Explore her experience   Upon arrival on a sunny Friday afternoon, the stunning views of the Finchcocks estate and Georgian manor house greeted us. Who knew the most extraordinary sight was yet to come – downstairs in the cellar, where the jaw-dropping (!) range...

MEET OUR STAFF: Course Director Andrew Dunlop
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MEET OUR STAFF: Course Director Andrew Dunlop

What age were you when you decided you wanted to be a pianist? I began lessons after my primary teacher heard me play ‘The Bear Jumped Over the Mountain’ from my reading book, aged 8, on a tiny Casio Keyboard. Formal lessons quickly ensued with music soon encompassing all aspects of daily life. Growing up...

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