Music and mindfulness: Piano and yoga with Tom Poster and Elena Urioste – long weekend – intermediate to advanced – three places left

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

17627|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-04-07-Finchcocks-Piano-schoolEd-Ovenden-268-1024x683.jpg|large Join pianist Tom Poster and violinist Elena Urioste for a three day weekend of mindful practising, empowering movement, breathing, and exploring the spirit of camaraderie within music-making.  Tom and...

Advanced weekend course with Warren Mailley Smith – three places left

We're very lucky to have Warren Mailley-Smith running our advanced weekend course. In 2016, Warren became the first British pianist to perform Chopin's complete works for solo piano from memory at a series of concerts at St John Smith's Square in London, a feat which involved memorising 3.5 million notes, and otherwise can be regularly heard on...

Chopin weekend with Warren Mailley Smith – one place left

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Chopin's lyrical and elegant Nocturnes and Preludes are firm favourites with our intermediate and advanced players, and so we're very excited to announce the return of our very popular first composer-specific weekend. We're incredibly lucky to have secured the services of Warren Mailley-Smith for this course. In 2016, Warren became the first British pianist to...

Five Day Summer School For Advanced Pianists With Graham Fitch And Penelope Roskell – sold out

17527|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-04-06-Finchcocks-Piano-schoolEd-Ovenden-041-Copy-1024x683.jpg|large 5 DAY SUMMER SCHOOL WITH GRAHAM FITCH AND PENELOPE ROSKELL We're very excited to have secured the services of Graham Fitch with expert additional tuition from Penelope Roskell for a 5 day summer school for Advanced and Teachers. The course will include workshops, masterclasses, an evening recital and provide time to explore the grounds...

Five day summer course with Warren Mailley Smith – two places left

18917|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Warren-2-683x1024.jpg|large This course is being run by Warren Mailley Smith, who hit the headlines recently for performing the entire works of Chopin from memory in a series of concerts in London. He appears regularly on Radio 3 and Classic FM, and is one of our most popular tutors at Finchcocks. The formal sessions will include...

Rachmaninoff weekend with Warren Mailley Smith – two places left

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Rachmaninoff's fearsome reputation as a composer, has sometimes put his repertoire out of reach of the amateur pianist, but his lyrical late romantic style and mastery of counterpoint make him a firm favourite amongst pianists and listeners alike. The challenging nature of his compositions warrant their own course, so we've organised a weekend course dedicated...

Upper Intermediate – Advanced weekend course with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP WITH GRAHAM FITCH - JUST RELEASED The focus for Graham's course is on developing performance skills, including memorisation, practising towards a performance, aspects of style (Baroque and Classical styles especially), technique and overcoming nerves and anxiety. This course is designed for people who have reached a grade 8 standard. It would also suit...

Exploring the Impressionists with Warren Mailley-Smith – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

The piano music of the French impressionists has a special place in the development of any pianist’s repertoire. The music of Debussy, Satie and Ravel in particular calls for very...

Advanced weekend with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

ADVANCED WEEKEND WITH GRAHAM FITCH The focus for Graham's course is on developing performance skills, including memorisation, practising towards a performance, aspects of style (Baroque and Classical styles especially), technique...

Beethoven weekend with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Finchcocks is keen to join in the global celebrations of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth. In this course dedicated to the music of Beethoven, Graham Fitch will guide you...

Rachmaninoff and Liszt weekend with Warren Mailley-Smith – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Liszt and Rachmaninoff were two pianist-composers of extraordinary reputation. Their performances quickly became the stuff of legends and both left a body of compositions that have captured the imaginations of audiences and pianists ever since. Whilst both composers revelled in pianistic brilliance, their works present different challenges to those brave enough to play them. The...

Upper Intermediate – Advanced weekend with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

UPPER INTERMEDIATE-ADVANCED WEEKEND COURSE WITH GRAHAM FITCH The focus for Graham's course is on developing performance skills, including memorisation, practising towards a performance, aspects of style (Baroque and Classical styles especially), technique and overcoming nerves and anxiety. This course is designed for people who have reached (or are working towards) a grade 8 standard. It...

Baroque and Bach with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Having Graham Fitch on our staff, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss scheduling a weekend of Baroque and Bach! Graham studied harpsichord as a second instrument with Ruth Dyson at the Royal College of Music, and was runner-up in the intercollegiate harpsichord competition, The Raymond Russell Prize in 1981. Thereafter he was awarded...

5 day autumn course with Florian Mitrea – Advanced – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

21298|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Florian-10-1024x681.jpg|large 5 DAY AUTUMN COURSE WITH FLORIAN MITREA In this course, Florian Mitrea will teach the pianists to produce their most beautiful sound by marrying technique with expressivity: "I will always match my artistic suggestions with possible technical means to achieve them, not in a prescriptive way, but rather in a manner that will give...

Jazz for Classical Pianists weekend with David Hall – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

This course is designed for classically trained pianists (intermediate - advanced) who would love to delve into or brush up on their jazz skills! David Hall (FRCO, MA Cantab) will help you combine solid piano technique, aural skills and jazz music theory to help you explore a sound world perhaps different to the one you...

Chopin weekend with Warren Mailley-Smith – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Chopin's lyrical and elegant Nocturnes and Preludes are firm favourites with our intermediate and advanced players, and so we're very excited to announce the return of our very popular first composer-specific weekend. We're incredibly lucky to have secured the services of Warren Mailley-Smith for this course. In 2016, Warren became the first British pianist to...

Piano retreat – mixed ability – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Fancy a UK based, luxury weekend away in a grade 1 listed country manor, surrounded by 9 grand pianos? Our piano retreat is designed for anyone who just wants a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It would suit those who want a bit of time away to practise, or to...

Diploma preparation weekend with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Preparing for a diploma can feel like a large mountain to climb, and a lonely one as a pianist! Many of our advanced pianist guests are keen amateurs setting themselves a performance goal of a diploma to work towards. This weekend course is dedicated especially to those needing some extra tools to help them along...

Improvisation and harmony weekend with David Hall – mixed ability

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

This course, run by Finchcocks Musical Director David Hall, is ideal for anybody who wants to develop their keyboard skills of harmonisation, composition and improvisation in a classical style It is a mixed ability course, aimed at the intermediate to advanced pianist. Grade 5 theory standard would also be helpful. Rather than the usual performance...

Upper Intermediate – Advanced weekend with Florian Mitrea – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Our Upper Intermediate - Advanced weekend course is designed for pianists grades 6-8+. Whether you're a grade 8 player in need of a confidence boost, a former advanced player who has gotten a little rusty, or an accomplished upper intermediate player looking for a challenge, this is the one for you! Tutor for the weekend...

Beethoven weekend with Graham Fitch – intermediate to advanced – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Beethoven's 250th birthday celebrations last year were a bit of a washout, so we're keeping the party going! In this course dedicated to the music of Beethoven, Graham Fitch will guide you in exploring the physical, emotional and intellectual challenges of the music, paying particular attention to the interpretation of the numerous markings for dynamics...

Upper intermediate – Advanced weekend with William Westney – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

We are thrilled to be hosting concert pianist and keynote speaker Professor William Westney, as part of his visit to the UK, in this year's programme. This weekend course, for upper intermediate to advanced level pianists, focuses on musical communication, physical enjoyment, and addressing technical challenges in a healthy way. Principles from Dr. Westney’s best-selling...

From healthy technique to natural artistry with Penelope Roskell – Advanced – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

In this course, with Professor of Piano Penelope Roskell, pianists will have the opportunity to receive expert guidance on their current repertoire, both from a technical and an artistic point of view. Penelope is the UK's foremost specialist in healthy piano playing, and she will share with the group how to put many of the...

Keyboard Music from the Baroque with Steven Devine – mixed ability – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

We are delighted to be offering a course with brilliantly talented keyboard player and Early Keyboard Consultant to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh Colleges, Steven Devine. During this weekend course Keyboard Music from the Baroque, Steven Devine will explore this incredibly fertile period of keyboard music, looking at style, technique, repertoire and instruments. Although...

5-day Advanced Summer School with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Our 5-day summer schools are a well established highlight of the Finchcocks calendar. To ensure a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, places are open to those who have attended at least one weekend Finchcocks course previously. This 5-day piano retreat for advanced players offers pianists grade 8, diploma and beyond, the chance to fully emerse themselves...

Chopin weekend with Warren Mailley-Smith – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Back by very popular demand, this will be our fourth Chopin weekend here at Finchcocks with Warren Mailley-Smith. Chopin's lyrical and elegant Nocturnes and Preludes are firm favourites with our intermediate and advanced players, and so we're very excited to announce the return of our very popular first composer-specific weekend. We're incredibly lucky to have...

3-day Exploring the Impressionists with Warren Mailley-Smith – intermediate – advanced – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

23070|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Nemiah-2-1024x768.jpg|large The piano music of the French impressionists has a special place in the development of any pianist’s repertoire. The music of Debussy, Satie and Ravel in particular calls for very special control of tone, texture, colour and use of pedal. The amazing scope of musical pictures painted by these composers calls for a course...

Beyond Stage Fright – Tackling performance nerves – Upper Intermediate – Advanced – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Beyond Stage Fright – Tackling performance nerves is designed for upper intermediate to advanced players, those working towards grade 8 standard or a performance diploma. It is also suitable for piano teachers. Running the weekend is the incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging and warm Charlotte Tomlinson. A specialist, international speaker on the topic, and a pianist herself,...

Advanced weekend with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

This weekend course is designed for pianists who are playing at or above grade 8 standard, working towards a diploma or beyond. It is also suitable for music graduates and piano teachers who would like a refresher boost of inspiration! Run by the ever popular Graham Fitch, these courses sell out quickly. As well as...

Jazz for classical pianists with David Hall – mixed ability – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

This course is designed for classically trained pianists (intermediate - advanced) who would love to delve into or brush up on their jazz skills! David Hall (FRCO, MA Cantab) will help you combine solid piano technique, aural skills and jazz music theory to help you explore a sound world perhaps different to the one you...

Piano retreat – mixed ability – waiting list

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Fancy a UK based, luxury weekend away in a grade 1 listed country manor, surrounded by 9 grand pianos? Our piano retreat is designed for anyone who just wants a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It would suit those who want a bit of time away to practise, or to...

Keyboard Music from the Baroque with Steven Devine – mixed ability

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

We are delighted to be offering a course with brilliantly talented keyboard player and Early Keyboard Consultant to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Welsh Colleges, Steven Devine. During this...