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A family affair: Fanny & Felix Mendelssohn and the Early Romantics weekend course with Daniel Grimwood – mixed ability

19 May @ 7:30 pm - 21 May @ 3:30 pm
Daniel Grimwood playing at grand piano with reflection in the lid

Guests will enjoy “two for the price of one” this weekend with a course devoted not only to Fanny, but also her brother Felix’s music! And who better to lead the course than international concert pianist Daniel Grimwood: Just back from participating in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Daniel will be performing a series of concerts with piano trio Tier 3, exploring the works by sibling pianists and composers.

The two eldest of four children, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn shared a passion for music, piano and composing throughout their lives. Considered by many to be superior in talent to Felix, Fanny’s career as a female composer and her subsequent legacy have sadly been somewhat overshadowed by her brother. This course aims to give both Mendelssohns equal share of the stage, to discuss their own unique styles and influences upon each other’s piano and chamber music.

It also offers the chance to explore and compare music by other early romantic composers. Although guests are encouraged to prepare one piece by a Mendelssohn sibling, it is not mandatory and pieces by other early romantics are very welcome!

This inclusive, mixed ability  course is aimed at pianists intermediate to advanced.

Daniel Grimwood sat at a table

Fanny Mendelssohn published her work under her married name Fanny (Mendelssohn) Hensel – after first publishing under her brother’s! As a starting point for course participants, we have found the below (intermediate – advanced) compilations of music by both Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn to provide some inspiration.

Example repertoire (but by no means exclusive!):



In between the workshop and masterclass sessions there will be time for private practice on one of our beautiful grand pianos. During these sessions, Daniel will give one-to-one lessons on our new Steinway to provide individual pointers and tips.

Guests will also:

  • Have the chance to play in and observe two performance masterclasses.
  • Will receive a one-to-one lesson with Daniel.
  • Enjoy access to play on our 9 grand pianos anytime between 7am and 8pm. (There are enough pianos to go round that everyone can play a piano at any given time.)
  • Experience a private accompanied talk for course participants in the main hall of the family home, performed by Daniel.
  • Join and socialise with a group 8 fellow piano enthusiasts during lunch and dinner.
  • Dine in style with lunches and three course dinners prepared by our fabulous chef.
  • Experience the Finchcocks bubble, hailed as a “paradise for pianists” by BBC Music Magazine and stay in a grade 1 listed country manor.

“He has all the virtuoso velocity and firepower, and then some” – BBC Music Magazine

“Daniel Grimwood, fast making a name for himself as an original and discriminating musician” – Gramophone

“Probably the finest all‐round musician I have ever known” – Felix Aprahamian

With a repertoire ranging from Elizabethan Virginal music to the works of living composers, Daniel enjoys a solo and chamber career which has taken him around the globe, performing in many of the most prestigious concert platforms, including the Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room in London, Saffron Hall, Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, Symphony Hall Birmingham, the Sage Gateshead, the Three Choirs Festival, the Rachmaninoff and Gnessin Halls in Moscow, the Carnegie Hall in New York, as well as venues in Germany, Austria, Italy, The Netherlands, Slovenia, Estonia, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, Egypt, Lebanon and Oman.

His musical interest started as a 3-year-old playing next door’s piano in Kent, and by the age of 7 he was performing in front of audiences. His training continued with Graham Fitch at the Purcell School, where he also studied violin, viola and composition, giving him a broad appreciation of classical music, and later with Vladimir Ovchinnikov and Peter Feuchtwanger.

Daniel is a passionate about all keyboard instruments old and new, and has given a recital of Chopin’s Etudes on the composer’s own Pleyel piano.

His discs of Liszt and Chopin, performed on an 1851 Erard piano, received a unanimous chorus of praise from the press; the Liszt album was Daily Telegraph CD of the week and Editor’s Choice in Gramophone Magazine. He was the first artist to record on the Edition Peters Sounds label, the complete Fauré Nocturnes album was released to excellent reception in The Sunday Times, which was followed by a disc of solo piano works by Adolph von Henselt, described as “a blizzard of dazzling pianism” by the Observer. His most recent release is a disc of Doreen Carwithen and William Alwyn, also on Edition Peters Sounds, and his account of the complete Henselt Etudes will be released later this year.

As editor Daniel is currently preparing editions of John Field and Adolph von Henselt for Edition Peters.

Daniel regularly performs on live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, and has been featured in BBC Four’s TV documentary series “Revolution and Romance”.

Away from the piano, Daniel is a keen runner and member of Paddock Wood Athletic Club.

For booking enquiries, please contact us on 01580 428080 or fill in the form below.

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Weekend courses

from £650 (inclusive of accommodation, food, wine and tuition)

Start: 19 May @ 7:30 pm
End: 21 May @ 3:30 pm