There are courses and summer schools for pianists of all levels, from single days and “taster” courses to piano weekends and whole weeks of piano goodness in the company of some of the finest pianists and teachers from around the world.

Amateurs have nothing to lose by being musically true to themselves…… professionals are sometimes too intimidated to display their individuality – Daniel Martyn Lewis, concert pianist The world of the adult amateur pianist is rich, vibrant and varied. In researching this article I came across myriad stories of triumph over adversity, personal tragedy and dogged […]

For musicians, professionals and amateurs alike, the name Dartington evokes magical memories of intense and inspirational music-making in a beautiful secluded enclave of Devon near Totnes. A Medieval manor, former home of John Holand, replete with a great hall and verdant grounds, provides the setting for a busy month of concerts, masterclasses, courses and significant […]

Guest post by Jack Kohl Piano practice is like having a dog. If one has lived long enough with such an unnecessary but at the same time critical circumstance, one wonders how others live without it. Thus even when concert work figuratively dies for me – when I have no cause to go to the […]

Guest post by Emma Williams Finchcocks is a handsome manor house in the Kent countryside, which has been filled with music since its inception in the 18th century. Until recently, it was home to a living museum of music – which I had visited as part of a private visit. We’d had a marvellous time […]

The self-help/life coaching section of the local bookshop is full of books on how to learn from the pros – think like a pro, act like a pro, be more pro. We are encouraged to draw inspiration from successful professionals – whether they are sports people, musicians, chess players or high-flying financiers whose “pro-thinking” has […]