Courses for pianists at Jackdaws

Jackdaws Music Education Trust in Frome, Somerset, offers a wide range of courses for musicians of all abilities, with a great team of visiting tutors. Forthcoming courses of interest to pianists in 2013:

10-12 May 2013 – Piano Workshop with Philip Fowke

If you enjoy playing the piano, suffer from nerves, yet long to perform with greater security and confidence, then this is the course for you. Bring along your favourite pieces for discussion and exploration in a relaxed, informal environment. There is no obligation to perform any piece in full; it may be that you only wish to tackle a few bars at a time. The general standard is from about Grade 5 upwards, though this does not preclude those of a humbler ability. The emphasis is on learning with enjoyment, sharing difficulties with others, and discovering comfortable, practical ways to overcome musical and technical problems (NB this course is repeated in September).

My At the Piano interview with Philip Fowke

24-26 May 2013 – Pianos for All with Caecilia Andriessen

Are you an amateur pianist who can play Bach’s Inventions and Haydn’s Sonatas? Would you like to play in an ensemble with other pianists, just like string players do in a string quartet? Then join “Pianos for All”!

31 May-2 June 2013 – Russian Miniatures with Julian Jacobson

As well as writing some of the grandest works in the repertoire, Russian composers poured forth a stream of piano miniatures; music that can be passionate, reflective, charming or fantastical but which always demands a heartfelt response and a big but varied tonal palette. Composers such as Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Medtner, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, Kapustin and many others have given us a wealth of exquisite music in preludes and other short forms. Julian Jacobson, himself of partly Russian descent, will guide you through this challenging and inspiring repertoire. Course suggested repertoire: two or three contrasted pieces of up to 5 minutes each.

25-28 July – Piano Summer School with Mark Tanner

A very popular course, offering the opportunity to use the longer time of three days to get a better understanding of the sprawling piano repertoire. This lively course will concentrate on repertoire, style, technique and practice methods. How to choose music for diploma, grade exams and skeleton score study, improvisation, duets and more will all be discussed. Support will be available for those taking grade and diploma exams as well as those who just want to play for pleasure.

My At the Piano interview with Mark Tanner

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