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Chopin weekend with Daniel Grimwood – Upper Intermediate – Diploma – waiting list

18 October @ 7:00 pm - 20 October @ 3:30 pm

Daniel Grimwood sat at a table

Back by very popular demand, this will be our sixth Chopin weekend here at Finchcocks, this time with incredibly knowledgeable and talented virtuoso UK concert pianist Daniel Grimwood.

Chopin’s lyrical and elegant Nocturnes and Preludes are firm favourites with our Upper Intermediate,  Advanced and Diploma+ players, and so we’re very excited to announce the return of our very popular composer-specific weekend.
Daniel Grimwood sat at a table
Both Satuday and Sunday begin with an interactive workshop, led by the tutor. This course will include:
  • Bel canto style and the piano
  • Playing as Chopin intended

Afternoons are spent exploring and enjoying each other’s repertoire, applying new gained knowledge in performance classes – as well as some private practice!

Woman playing Steinway piano in front of a small group of people

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.

Inside the Steinway

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.

Kilndown bedroom

    Weekend courses

    from £675 (inclusive of accommodation, food, wine and tuition)


    18 October @ 7:00 pm
    20 October @ 3:30 pm