Lower intermediate weekend with David Hall – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

15202|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_3122-1024x682.jpg|large Many of us played the piano whilst at school, but didn't get quite as far as we'd hoped. Some of us missed out entirely. This course is designed for adult pianists returning to the piano after a gap of a few years (or decades!). It would also suit anyone who has recently taken up...

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...

Upper Intermediate weekend with Graham Fitch – sold out

Finchcocks Finchcocks, Goudhurst, Kent, United Kingdom

Our Upper Intermediate weekend course is designed for pianists grades 5-8. Whether you're a confident grade 5 level player, or a grade 8 player in need of a confidence boost when it comes to performing, this is the one for you! Tutor for the weekend is the wonderful Graham Fitch. Graham is interested in helping...

Piano retreat – mixed ability – waiting list

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...

Intermediate weekend with Graham Fitch – waiting list

It's not often we are able to schedule a weekend for Intermediate players with internationally renowned pianist, piano teacher and practice guru Graham Fitch. But we were determined to do so for 2023! Aimed at grades 4-6, the weekend course offers an insight into efficient and effective ways to practise a piece and achieve long-lasting,...

Composition weekend with David Hall – Upper Intermediate to Advanced

Visit Finchcocks and leave with your own 32-bar piece - or song! This unique course, run by the incomparable David Hall FRCO and author of There's more to playing the piano, will explore all the ingredients you need to get composing, and leave with your own creation. The weekend will revolve around four interactive workshops,...

Keyboard Music from the early Baroque with Steven Devine – mixed ability – waiting list

We are delighted to welcome back the 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 early Baroque, Steven Devine will explore this incredibly fertile period of keyboard music, looking at style, technique, repertoire and instruments. Although intended...

Upper Intermediate weekend with Florian Mitrea

International concert pianist, piano teacher, ABRSM examiner and well-loved Finchcocks tutor Florian Mitrea offers a wonderful weekend exploring healthy technique, deeper learning through memorisation, and the art of performance for our Upper Intermediate pianists. This course is aimed at those playing at around grade 6-8. 21330|https://www.finchcocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IMG_6341_ERC-1024x682.jpg|large The weekend will comprise of two interactive workshops and...

5-day Spring School for Advanced Pianists with Graham Fitch

2023 sees the addition of three very different 5-day courses for advanced pianists. The first is dedicated especially (but not exclusively) to those preparing for a diploma performance, providing a concentrated boost for those attending - to study, practise, polish and improve performance skills and experience. Preparing for a diploma or special performance is an...

Exploring the romantics with Warren Mailley-Smith – mixed ability – waiting list

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...

Upper intermediate – Advanced weekend with William Westney – waiting list

We are thrilled to be welcoming back concert pianist and keynote speaker Professor William Westney, as part of his visit to the UK, in this year's programme. His 2022 visit was extremely special for all involved so we can't wait for more! This weekend course, for upper intermediate to advanced level pianists, focuses on musical...

From healthy technique to natural artistry with Penelope Roskell – Advanced

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...

Lower intermediate weekend with David Hall – waiting list

Our Lower Intermediate weekends are some of the first to sell out here at Finchcocks. Ideal for rusty piano returners or those who have discovered a new passion as an adult, the weekend is perfect for established beginners - grade 2 - through to about grade 4. Some adults aren't keen on exams and may...

American Civil Rights & Black Renaissance Music with Beatrice Nicholas – mixed ability

We are very excited to welcome British classical concert pianist and composer Beatrice Nicholas for a weekend of musical exploration, inspiration and discussion on the theme of Black Renaissance Music for piano. Beatrice enjoys an international career as a solo concert pianist, performing works by Bach through to the present day, with notable performances at...

5-day Advanced course 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 2023 summer school course for advanced pianists. Our 5-day courses are a well established highlight of the Finchcocks calendar. To ensure...

Intermediate Summer School with David Hall – waiting list

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 intermediate players offers pianists grades around grades 4 to 7, the chance to fully emerse...

5-day Summer School with Warren Mailley-Smith – Upper Intermediate – Advanced – waiting list

Spoil yourself with five whole days dedicated to the piano. This performance focussed course will give you the opportunity for total immersion in ‘all-things-piano’ across the week, covering technique, posture, memorising, practising, improvising, performing and much more. Group workshops will be complimented by one-to-one sessions and masterclasses with a range of opportunities to play, perform,...

Chopin weekend with Warren Mailley-Smith – mixed ability – waiting list

Back by very popular demand, this will be our fifth 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...

Intermediate weekend course with Florian Mitrea – waiting list

International concert pianist, piano teacher, ABRSM examiner and well-loved Finchcocks tutor Florian Mitrea offers a wonderful weekend exploring healthy technique and performance. Guests will gain a deeper understanding of learning through studies, exercises, scales and arpeggios, as well as the art of performance within an exam/ judged setting. This course is aimed at those playing...

5-day course for advanced pianists with Dr. Vedrana Subotic – waiting list

Explore the four main eras of Western classical music with a 5-day course dedicated to the unique style and technique required to deliver a stylistically true performance in each. Do you love playing Chopin, but lack confidence to play Mozart? Would you love the challenge of learning a Baroque piece when you usually stick to...

Jazz & blues for classical pianists with David Hall – Intermediate – Advanced

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

Upper Intermediate weekend course with Florian Mitrea – waiting list

International concert pianist, piano teacher, ABRSM examiner and well-loved Finchcocks tutor Florian Mitrea offers a wonderful weekend exploring healthy technique and performance. Guests will gain a deeper understanding of learning through studies, exercises, scales and arpeggios, as well as the art of performance within an exam/ judged setting. This course is aimed at those playing...

Piano retreat with Charlotte Tomlinson – mixed ability – waiting list

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...

Beethoven weekend with Graham Fitch – mixed ability – waiting list

Come, emerse yourself in the sound world of one of the most significant composers of Western classical music! In this mixed ability 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...

Retreat weekend 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? 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...

Lower Intermediate 3-day course with David Hall – waiting list

This 3-day course is designed for people who have made a good start at the piano and got to between grade 2 and grade 4 standard. It's ideal for players keen to return to the piano after a gap of a few years, or indeed for anyone practising regularly working up through the grades. Tuition...

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 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 Spring School for Advanced Pianists with Graham Fitch

22981|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Graham-demonstrating-1024x768.jpg|large 2024 offers Advanced pianists three very different 5-day courses to choose from. The first is dedicated especially (but not exclusively) to those preparing for a diploma or special performance, providing a concentrated boost for those attending - to study, practise, polish and improve performance skills and experience. 22984|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Graham-and-Daire-1024x768.jpg|large Preparing for a diploma or special...

Improvisation weekend with David Hall – Intermediate – Diploma

15202|https://finchcocksstg.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_3122-1024x682.jpg|large A weekend devoted to exploring ideas for improvisation at the piano - which, for the busy or practice-challenged pianist - requires no preparation. Improvisation is great fun in any style. In fact it used to be a mainstay of musical education. Handel, Bach, Mozart and many others were famous for their improvisations, many of...

Debussy 3-day course with Paul Roberts – Upper Intermediate to Diploma – waiting list

We are thrilled to be welcoming concert pianist, writer, lecturer, teacher and leading authority in Debussy Paul Roberts to lead this 3-day course. Paul Roberts is an exceptional musician, a fine and deeply sensitive pianist, teacher and an author of the greatest distinction. His books on Debussy and Ravel are quite simply the most outstanding...

The Rusty Pianist weekend with Pam Wedgwood – Intermediate – waiting list

We are thrilled to welcome one of the UK's most successful and prolific music educators and composers, Pam Wedgwood to Finchcocks to lead a course for our Intermediate players! An inspiration for teachers and pupils alike, Pam Wedgwood has been a staple diet for young musicians throughout the world for almost twenty years. Composer of...