Back by popular demand……
“A hugely valuable day”
The London Piano Meetup Group is holding its fourth Diploma Day on Sunday 9th June 2019 at Morley College, London SE1. This full day event is aimed at adult amateur pianists who are considering, or planning to take, a post-Grade 8 performance qualification, or piano teachers and pianists who would like to observe several hours of inspirational teaching with acclaimed teacher, writer and pianist Graham Fitch.
Diploma Day now open for booking for observers, and applications for performers.
If you’re thinking of taking a diploma exam in the summer or winter of 2019, then this is an excellent opportunity to run part of your programme in front of an audience, and work on it with Graham Fitch. Frances Wilson (AKA The Cross-Eyed Pianist) will take additional workshops/talks on preparing for a diploma, managing performance anxiety and stagecraft. And most importantly there’s the chance to meet and share experiences/thoughts/plans with others who have taken, or are going to take, a diploma exam.
The day is also useful for teachers who wish to observe several hours of entertaining and enlightening diploma-level teaching by Graham.
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.
Observer tickets can be booked here (£18 & booking fee):
Feedback from participants at previous Diploma Days:
“The introduction was helpful as I’m at the planning stage of my diploma”
“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”
For any questions in the meantime please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Claire Hansell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Frances Wilson is a pianist, piano teacher, music reviewer, writer and blogger on classical music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist. A passionate advocate of adult amateur pianism, Frances co-founded the London Piano Meetup Group in 2013. She has hosted and participated in workshops, masterclasses, courses and meetups for adult pianists, and completed Licentiate and Associate Performance Diplomas (both with Distinction) in her late 40s, having returned to the piano after a long break. Frances has acted as a syllabus consultant for Trinity College of Music and London College of Music’s graded piano exams and has written teaching notes for the new ABRSM piano syllabus (released in summer 2018).