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

3 August 2020 @ 10:00 am - 7 August 2020 @ 3:30 pm


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 and the idyllic scenery of the Finchcocks estate.

Graham has constructed a series of technical sessions that will focus on memorisation, playing with confidence and practice techniques. In addition, Penelope will be joining the course by Zoom to provide details of recommended warm-up exercises and a discussion on injury prevention and healthy technique.

In between the group sessions, there will plenty of time to play our nine grand pianos, including our new Steinway in the recital room.

In between the workshop sessions, Graham and Penelope will be running masterclasses which will help develop performance skills and confidence. These sessions are run in small groups and provide expert guidance on interpretation, articulation, fingering and voicing as well as the opportunity to review the most challenging parts of your chosen repertoire in detail.

We’re also particularly excited to be able to confirm that we have arranged a trip to the privately held collection of period keyboard instruments that used to be housed at Finchcocks (whilst it operated as the world famous piano museum). The core collection of 15 keyboard instruments includes spinets, clavichords, harpischords, fortepianos and square pianos dating from 1700 to 1866. We’re encouraging our guests to bring repertoire from that period to play on these instruments during our visit – perhaps some Clementi to play on the 1822 Clementi grand piano, or some Beethoven to play on the 1801 Broadwood that was identical to Beethoven’s own piano.

In the middle of the week, we’ll head to the back lawn for the chance to play some duets on our newly constructed open air stage and, as the sun sets, try some locally grown English sparkling wines.

This course is expected to sell out, so please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested in attending.

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

5 day courses

from £1000 (inc accommodation, food, wine and tuition)



    3 August 2020 @ 10:00 am
    7 August 2020 @ 3:30 pm
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