Sight-reading weekend with David Hall – Upper Intermediate – Diploma

24557|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Dave-at-the-Bosendorfer-1024x683.jpg|large A weekend dedicated to sight-reading which, for the busy or practice-challenged pianist, requires no preparation at all! Why do we always talk about aural tests and sight-reading tests? Finchcocks musical director David Hall advocates a systematic approach to sight-reading that does not involve weekly high-pressure tests. He believes that sight-reading should feel more like curling up on...

5-day Advanced Summer School with Florian Mitrea

We know advanced pianists will be absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to spend five days learning from and being inspired by the inimitable Florian Mitrea. Below, he describes his plan for the Finchcocks 2024 summer school course for advanced pianists (beyond grade 8, preparing for - or at - diploma standard, or higher). Our...

5-day Upper Intermediate Summer School with Graham Fitch – waiting list

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

We thought it was high time our upper intermediate players had the opportunity to study with the wonderful Graham Fitch for five whole days! This summer piano retreat offers pianists grade 6 - approaching 8 the chance to fully emerse themselves in all that Finchcocks has to offer. The course aims to provide a luxury...

5-day Intermediate Summer School with David Hall

Our 5-day summer schools are a well established highlight of the Finchcocks calendar. To ensure a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, priority is given to those who have attended at least one weekend Finchcocks course previously. This 5-day piano retreat for intermediate players offers pianists grades around grades 4 to 6, the chance to fully emerse...

Retreat weekend with Florian Mitrea – mixed ability

Fancy a UK based, luxury weekend away in a grade 1 listed country manor, surrounded by 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 fall...

Keyboard music from the Bach Family

One of the great musical dynasties, the Bach family arguably produced some of the finest musicians ever.  Although the name Bach for most people refers to Johann Sebastian, there were many others in the family line, including three of his sons who developed and changed musical style. We are delighted to be offering a second...

5-day Autumn School for advanced pianists with Dr. Vedrana Subotic

Explore the music of four piano greats with a 5-day course dedicated to Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. Do you love playing Chopin, but lack confidence to play Beethoven? Would you love the challenge of learning a Liszt piece when you usually stick to "impressionist" repertoire? Spanning almost a 100 years from the birth of...

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

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...

Beginners’ weekend with David Hall

We've had a lot of interest from Beginner pianists who weren't quite ready for a Lower Intermediate course, but who are very keen to come on a course at Finchcocks! This course is just for those very pianists. If you're a beginner, perhaps 6-9 months into learning, through to grade 2, this weekend is the...

From Healthy Technique to Natural Artistry weekend course with Penelope Roskell – Advanced – Diploma

From healthy technique to natural artistry, we welcome back extremely popular Professor of Piano and award winning author of the Complete Pianist Penelope Roskell. In this weekend course, 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...

3-day Retreat with Florian Mitrea – mixed ability – waiting list

Fancy a UK based, luxury weekend away in a grade 1 listed country manor, surrounded by grand pianos? Join us for our extended, 3-day piano retreat! Our piano retreat is designed for anyone who just wants to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It would suit those who want a bit of time...

Beethoven 3-day course with Graham Fitch – Advanced – Diploma

Come, emerse yourself in the sound world of one of the most significant composers of Western classical music! On this Advanced - Diploma+ ability three-day course dedicated to the music of Beethoven, Graham Fitch will guide you in exploring the physical, emotional and intellectual challenges of the great composer's music, paying particular attention to the...

Christmas at Finchcocks with David Hall – mixed ability

21861|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Finchcocks26075-1024x1024.jpg|large Experience the magic of Finchcocks during the festive season and escape Christmas craziness with this special retreat! Run by David Hall, FRCO MA Cantab, this mixed ability weekend aims to explore Christmas music written or arranged for piano, accompanied by carols, mince pies and of course mulled wine! 17507|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/2019-04-06-Finchcocks-Piano-schoolEd-Ovenden-004-Copy-1024x683.jpg|large Get your festive party pieces...

Retreat weekend with Beatrice Nicholas – mixed ability

Fancy a UK based, luxury weekend away in a grade 1 listed country manor, surrounded by 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 fall...

How to practise weekend with Andrew Eales – mixed ability

We're really excited to be welcoming piano educator Andrew Eales to lead his first course at Finchcocks and start 2025 off with an interactive dive into his highly acclaimed practice guide How to practise. On How to practise by Andrew Eales "The essential, pocket-sized companion for every musician. Accessible and authoritative, How to Practise Music is...

3-day Upper Intermediate course with Florian Mitrea

Upper intermediate players have a treat in store with three days' learning from the wonderful Florian Mitrea. Immerse yourself in piano heaven packed full of piano lessons, classes and concerts. But first, start your day with an interactive presentation involving slides, demonstrations, and exercises to set your theme for the day. 21330|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IMG_6341_ERC-1024x682.jpg|large During your stay,...

3-day Lower Intermediate course with David Hall

Our 3-day course for Lower Intermediate pianists is designed to allow a bit more space to take things at slower pace and in more depth. Led by our Music Director and author of There's more to playing piano David Hall, guests can expect his signature inspiration alongside an encouraging and flexible teaching style. 28012|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Georgia-Ann-Dave-1024x683.jpg|large During your stay,...

19th century piano technique & the romantics weekend with Daniel Grimwood – mixed ability – WAITING LIST

Developed by the esteemed 19th century pianist Ignaz Moscheles and pedagogue François-Joseph Fétis, Méthode des Méthodes is one of the most ambitious of the 19th century music methods. The Etudes, by composers as famous as Chopin, Mendelssohn and Liszt, also include less familiar names such as Eduard Wolff, Amadée Mereaux and Julius Benedict, and provide...

5-day Spring School for Advanced Pianists with Graham Fitch – WAITING LIST

28112|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Spring-Finchcocks-1024x769.jpg|large 2025 offers Advanced pianists three very different 5-day courses to choose from. The first is dedicated to those preparing for a special performance, providing a concentrated boost for those attending - to study, practise, polish and improve performance skills and experience. And at the helm leading the process is the hugely popular and inspiring...

Jazz weekend with Nikki Iles – upper intermediate – diploma

We are thrilled to welcome multi-award winning jazz pianist Nikki Iles to Finchcocks for a weekend devoted to jazz piano. “A formidable UK jazz presence ...” “Iles is one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK scene in recent times" The Guardian (John Fordham) “Formidably creative.... “The Heroine of British Jazz...

Interpretation and improvisation: Advanced applied theory with David Hall – upper intermediate – diploma

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

This course, run by Finchcocks Musical Director David Hall, is ideal for anybody who wants to go beyond grade 5 theory to further develop their keyboard skills of interpretation, improvisation, harmonisation and transposition. It would best suit the Upper Intermediate pianist who has good understanding of grade 5 music theory upto Advanced players. David will...