Category: Finchcocks

The UK’s first Chopin Weekend!
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The UK’s first Chopin Weekend!

Last weekend we were treated to our first composer-specific course; focusing on the works of Chopin and led by Warren Mailley-Smith. Warren is the first British pianist to publicly perform Chopin’s complete works for solo piano entirely from memory, at a series of 11 concerts in London in 2016.  He is currently recording the complete...

2019 – Why Finchcocks?
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2019 – Why Finchcocks?

Our participants and tutors share their Top 10 Reasons why Finchcocks should be your course of choice this year…   1. World class tutors Our tutors are all professional musicians and teachers, in demand across the UK and abroad. Our esteemed list of tutors includes: Graham Fitch, Melanie Spanswick and David Hall. “David Hall is...

Upper Intermediate course with Andrew Dunlop
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Upper Intermediate course with Andrew Dunlop

Battling through Storm Eric we arrived, somewhat bedraggled, at Finchcocks – a Grade 1 listed Georgian Manor house, now known for its weekend piano courses. After a warm (champagne fuelled) welcome, we explore the impressive collection of grand pianos, and then crack on with some duets- a real ice-breaker to begin the course, with lots...

Playing Bach
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Playing Bach

Playing Bach What a topic to choose to start these blog posts! Deciding how to play Bach on the piano is a minefield of opinion and taste. Let’s start by considering the two extreme approaches: A – one performer might choose to treat the piano as a one-manual harpsichord. The performance would be crisp and articulate...

Valentine’s special offer – partners come for free!
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Valentine’s special offer – partners come for free!

Although most people who join us for our piano courses come on their own, partners are always welcome, and we normally charge £250 per non-playing partner or £350 if they want to join in with the group sessions and use the grand pianos to practice. Partners come for free on our February course! As it...

A New Grand Piano!
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A New Grand Piano!

We’re very pleased to announce the latest addition to our collection – a very handsome Grotrian Steinweg concert grand piano. And at 7ft 3in, the model 220 grand piano is the second largest piano in our piano collection. The partnership between Friedrick Grotrian and Theodor Steinweg began in the 1850s. A few years before, Theodor’s father,...

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