Frances Wilson (AKA The Cross-Eyed Pianist) has written detailed notes on all aspects of taking a diploma, from choosing a syllabus and constructing a programme to writing programme notes and presentation skills. The document includes live links to selected resources, including all the main exam board performance diploma websites.
“Fantastic to listen to such great playing and I picked up a lot of tips from Graham”
The London Piano Meetup Group presents its fifth Diploma Day on Sunday 28th November 2021 at Morley College, London SE1 with acclaimed teacher Graham Fitch. This full day event is aimed at adult amateur pianists who are preparing for or are considering taking a post-Grade 8 performance qualification (ARSM, DipABRSM, ATCL, LRSM, LTCL etc).
Diploma Day now open for booking for observers, and applications for performers.
If you’re thinking of taking a performance diploma, then Diploma Day is for you! It’s an excellent opportunity to perform part of your programme in front of a supportive and friendly audience, and to work on it with Graham Fitch. Frances Wilson (AKA The Cross-Eyed Pianist) will be on hand to give advice on choosing a Diploma, planning a programme, writing programme notes, stagecraft and managing performance anxiety. It’s also a chance to meet and chat to other pianists and to share experiences.
This very popular event has been praised for its friendly and open atmosphere in previous years, as well as how useful the day is for those preparing for a diploma, and it promises to be stimulating, informative and fun.
The event takes place in the Holst Room at Morley College, near Waterloo Station, which has a beautiful Steinway D concert grand to perform on. The day will run from 9am to 5pm and is intended not only to provide resources and information for participants, but also to network with other like-minded (and diploma-aiming!) pianists.
Performer places are £90 and the closing date for applications is 31st October. Please download and complete the form on the booking page.
If you have already taken a performance diploma, we would love to hear from you as personal experiences are very valuable for those embarking on the path. Please feel free to contact Frances to share your experience.
Feedback from participants at previous Diploma Days:
“I got the feeling that a diploma is an achievable goal for me”
“I appreciated the positive, supportive atmosphere”
“I enjoyed hearing lots of different repertoire, some well-known and some new”
“Graham was fantastic at getting to the nub of things quickly and was hugely inspiring to performers and observers alike”
Graham Fitch has earned a global reputation as an outstanding teacher of piano for all ages and levels. He is a popular adjudicator, a tutor for the EPTA Piano Teachers’ Course, and a regular writer for Pianist Magazine with several video demonstrations on YouTube. His blog www.practisingthepiano.com features hundreds of articles on piano playing and together with his multimedia eBook series is read by thousands of musicians all over the world. His Online Academy, an invaluable resource for pianists of all levels, celebrates its fifth birthday in October.
Frances Wilson is a writer and blogger on classical music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist, and an advanced amateur pianist. A passionate advocate of adult amateur pianism, Frances co-founded the London Piano Meetup Group in 2013. She completed Licentiate and Associate Performance Diplomas (both with Distinction) in her late 40s, having returned to the piano after an absence of 25 years, studying first with Penelope Roskell and latterly with Graham Fitch. She has also attended masterclasses and courses with Murray McLachlan, Charlotte Tomlinson, Stephen Savage and Sarah Beth Briggs. Frances has acted as a syllabus consultant for Trinity College London and London College of Music, and wrote teaching notes for the current ABRSM and TCL piano exam syllabuses.
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