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3-day Lower Intermediate course with David Hall

21 February 2025 @ 10:00 am - 23 February 2025 @ 3:30 pm

Our 3-day course for Lower Intermediate pianists is designed to allow a bit more space to take things at slower pace and in more depth. Led by our Music Director and author of There’s more to playing piano David Hall, guests can expect his signature inspiration alongside an encouraging and flexible teaching style.

During your stay, David will cover the following topics in his interactive workshops:

  • Workshop 1 – Good practising can be efficient and enjoyable!
    Practice tips & how to make the most of the time at Finchcocks
  • Workshop 2 – Understanding repertoire
    Theory in practice, the cycle of fifths and using your imagination
  • Workshop 3 – Sight-reading and aural are not just tests!
    Sensible strategies to work on sight-reading and aural skills and why they go beyond exam tests.

There will also be time for private practice on one of our beautiful grand pianos. And for those who would like, our tutor will give three one-to-one lessons on our new Steinway to provide individual pointers and tips.

On the Saturday night, David will perform a private salon concert for retreat guests, which is an opportunity to relax and be inspired with a glass of wine in the magical setting of the main hall of Finchcocks!

We have one grand piano available for every guest in our vaulted cellars, including our new Steinway. Piano conversation will flow freely over coffee and home made biscuits and cakes in between bouts of practice!

Saturday recital

During the course of their stay guests will:

Plus ones are very welcome on our courses, with a room surcharge dependant on whether they are a playing or non-playing guest. Please ask for further details.

Horsmonden bathroom

Starting at 10am on the Friday, this extended stay gives upper intermediate pianists chance to really absorb and embed new tips and strategies into their playing. If it sounds of interest, please drop Jenny a line using the form below, or give her a ring on 01580 428080.

    3-day courses

    from £825 (inclusive of accommodation, food, wine and tuition)


    21 February 2025 @ 10:00 am
    23 February 2025 @ 3:30 pm
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