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Music finds a way

Over the last few months, we’ve observed how the music world has adapted, taking on a new role – to transport, educate, entertain- providing escapism and relief.  Here at Finchcocks, we interview our musicians: concert pianists and teachers, to find out how they’ve adapted… Q&A with Warren Mailley-Smith and Graham Fitch Graham, thanks for taking...

Saturday recital

Your top ten moments of 2019

Its our 1st Birthday! We hear from our participants about what made their experience of Finchcocks special this year…   1. Inspiring 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 an...

David Manson piano tuner

Meet our staff: Piano tuner and restorer David Manson

Tell us a bit about yourself: How did you become a piano tuner and restorer? I started in the piano business at the age of 17. I had moved to London to start work at Danemann piano manufacturers and learned how to make pianos there. I then moved to another well known company called Knight...


Top ten tips for effective practice

Practice is a vital part of learning & performing- how do we make our session truly productive? The Finchcocks team share their top tips for meaningful improvement in practice… Warming up: Like any physical work out, warm-ups for musical practice are vital too. They are an opportunity to prepare your body and mind for work...

Copy of sheet music being annotaed in pencil

Spice up your practice: practice tips for all

How do you practise? : A question many an instrumental and singing teacher asks their students. The reaction is often one of awkward tumbleweed, or dazed confusion. (If the student knows, that is, that the answer should be something other than “Well, I play it through a few times.”!) It’s not a surprise how often...

Our first weekend course!

Our first weekend course!

We’re very excited to have run our first weekend piano course which ended up being entirely sold out. The course was run by our Musical Director, Dave Hall, who did an absolutely fabulous job of engaging and inspiring our group of advanced intermediates. Dave kicked off the weekend with a workshop session – “All about...

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