A course devoted to the most luxurious and indulgent of piano repertoire – Exploring the Romantics!
This exciting period spans from mid-Beethoven to Rachmaninov (and beyond) and encapsulates an enormous amount of piano music. We are spoiled for choice, as anything from a gentle John Field Nocturne or Schubert Impromptu, to a Brahms Rhapsody, Liszt Etude or a Rachmaninov Prelude, will hit the spot. Romantic music brought emotional expression to the fore and saw composers making their music deliberately more expressive and descriptive, pushing the boundaries of the piano to new heights. It is also intricately tied to musical and national identity. These qualities make the era’s music especially rewarding and exciting to play with plenty of opportunity for exploration of both musical, cultural and political ideas of the time.
As broad the repertoire, so the ability required to play it! This course suits anyone from Upper Intermediate level through to Diploma+.
- What is Romanticism?
- Romanticism and cultural identity
Afternoons are spent exploring and enjoying each other’s repertoire, applying new gained knowledge in performance classes – as well as some private practice!
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.