We are thrilled to be hosting concert pianist and keynote speaker Professor William Westney, as part of his visit to the UK, in this year’s programme.
This weekend course, for upper intermediate to advanced level pianists, focuses on musical communication, physical enjoyment, and addressing technical challenges in a healthy way. Principles from Dr. Westney’s best-selling book The Perfect Wrong Note (2003) will be naturally incorporated into the sessions.
William Westney is internationally known as a master artist, master teacher and bestselling author. After winning the top piano prize in the Geneva International Competition, he performed as concerto soloist and recitalist throughout the US, Europe and Asia to critical acclaim. His innovative performance workshop, The Un-Master Class®, captured the attention of the New York Times, which published a feature article on it; Westney has given the workshop hundreds of times around the world. In demand as a public speaker, he has delivered keynote addresses at pedagogy conferences in Korea, England, and throughout the US. Articles based on his interdisciplinary research about performance have appeared in such scientific journals as Brain and Cognition. Westney’s celebrated book The Perfect Wrong Note has sold over 50,000 copies worldwide and continues to be widely influential. He received the Frances Clark Keyboard Pedagogy Award from Music Teachers National Association in recognition of his unique contributions to music teaching. Dr. Westney recently retired after 42 years as Distinguished Professor and Artist-in-Residence at Texas Tech University. www.williamwestney.com
- Have the chance to play in and observe two performance “un-masterclasses“.
- 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.)
- 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.
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.
In between the workshop and masterclass sessions, there will be time for private practice on one of our beautiful grand pianos including our new Steinway. During these sessions, William will drop in to each of the practice rooms to provide individual pointers and tips.
This is a fantastic opportunity to come and be inspired by a leading thinker, teacher, speaker and performer of the piano world. We can’t wait to experience his teaching in person and anticipate spaces to be snapped up very quickly. Book early to avoid disappointment!
For booking enquiries, please contact us on 01580 428080 or fill in the form below.
from £620 (inclusive of accommodation, tuition and all food and wine)