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Retreat weekend with Beatrice Nicholas – mixed ability

10 January 2025 @ 7:00 pm - 12 January 2025 @ 3:30 pm

Fireside piano

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 in love with playing the piano again. It would also be an ideal kickstart to a New year’s resolution!

There are no formal group sessions, no performances and no stress! The weekend is open to pianists of all levels.

Woman practising on barless Broadwood in piano cellar.

During the course of the weekend, there will be time for private practice on one of our beautiful grand pianos. And for those who would like, our tutor will give one-to-one lessons on our new Steinway to provide individual pointers and tips.

We’re welcome back concert pianist, composer and arranger Beatrice Nicholas for this retreat. Beatrice is a fantastic pianist, with a warm, encouraging approach to teaching – and a wealth of knowledge to back it up!

Beatrice will be on hand for two optional one-to-one lessons over the course of the weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will also begin with an optional group session on warm ups, practice tips and a Q&A. You may however plan to structure your weekend differently (with a long lie-in and breakfast in bed!).

On the Saturday night, Beatrice will perform a private recital for retreat guests, which is an opportunity to relax and be inspired with a glass of wine in the magical setting of the main hall of Finchcocks.

And Beatrice has already chosen her programme!

The American Piano
What makes American piano music sound so American?
A concert and talk that looks at the styles and influences used by American piano composers in both classical and jazz genres. With music from African American, American Indian, and European American male and female composers.
  • 3 Preludes, George Gershwin
    • No.1 in B-Flat Major,
    • No.2 in C-Sharp Minor,
    • No.3 in E-Flat Major,
  • China Gates, John Adams
  • Prelude (fragment) George Gershwin
  • Impromptu No.1 Op.68, Lowell Liebermann
  • Fingerbreaker, Jelly Morton
  • The Design, Lola Perrin
  • Troubled Water, Margaret Bonds
  • From the Navajo Piano, Connor Chee
    • Navajo Vocable No.1
  • From Dinetah, Connor Chee
    • Female Rain
  • Down a Country Lane, Aaron Copland
  • Moonglow, Irving Mills /Art Tatum

We have one grand piano available for every guest in our vaulted cellars, including our new Steinway. Piano conversation will flow freely over coffee and home made biscuits and cakes in between bouts of practice!

Hands reaching for biscuits at coffee table

The piano retreat is arranged around food. There’s no strict timetable or deadlines. Guests are free to play anytime they like between 7am and 8pm, rest when they need – or explore the beautiful Kentish countryside.

Coach House dinner

During the course of their stay guests will:

Plus ones are very welcome on our courses, with a room surcharge dependant on whether they are a playing or non-playing guest. Please ask for further details.


This promises to be one of most relaxed and enjoyable weekend courses. If it sounds of interest, please drop Jenny a line using the form below, or give her a ring on 01580 428080.

    Weekend courses

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


    10 January 2025 @ 7:00 pm
    12 January 2025 @ 3:30 pm
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