2019 Recitals Announced

We’re pleased to announce the 2019 season of Summer School Recitals given by our tutors from 11-14 August in the Ugland Auditorium at Stowe School, all at 7.45pm.

Karl Lutchmayer begins on Sunday 11 August, playing Medtner’s Sonata Reminiscenza, Busoni’s Elegies and Schulz-Evler’s Arabesques on the Beautiful Blue Danube.

On Monday 12 August Christine Stevenson will be performing Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata Op 27 no 2, Bagatelle op 126 No 3 and his 32 Variations on a Theme in C Minor, as well as Liszt’s Au lac de Wallenstadt, Il Penseroso, Les jeux d’eaux  à la Villa d’Este and Funérailles.

Ann Martin-Davis and baritone Brian White will be exploring this year’s ‘folk’ theme in songs by Ravel drawn from Cinq Mélodies Populaires Grecques, Chants Populaires, Mélodie Hébraïque and Don Quichotte à Dulcinée on Tuesday August 13th.

And in the same concert, Ann will be playing solo pieces by Ravel, including extracts from Le Tombeau de Couperin, A la manière  de Chabrier and A la manière de Borodin.

James Lisney concludes the season with Schubert’s Impromptu in C minor D 899,  Haydn’s Sonata in C Hoboken XVI 50, Beethoven’s Sonata in E Op 109 and Frederyk Chopin’s Nocturnes Op 62 on Wednesday August 14th.


Not to be missed!  Check back here soon for booking details.

UPDATE - tickets will be available on the door (cash only, please) at £10, £8 concession, and free for accompanied children. When arriving at Stowe School, postcode MK18 5EH, you’ll reach the security cabin at the far end of the school drive, where you’ll be directed to parking places. The Ugland Auditorium is in the Music School; ask for directions from security staff. Further transport details are listed here.

For further information or to book in advance – scroll down to the foot of the page for telephone contact numbers, the email link, or use the contact form.



We’re moving! Summer School at Stowe 11th-17th August 2019

Stowe School in Buckinghamshire is the exciting 2019 destination for the Summer School for Pianists, which has, over its 40 year history, travelled from London to the West Midlands, via York and Hereford. A National Trust site, with fabulous gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, Stowe House features the magnificent State Music Room for masterclasses, and for our final 3-course gala dinner, while other meals will be in the State Dining Room. Further masterclasses, presentations and recitals will be held in the Music School and the Ugland Auditorium.State Music room facing South

Stowe is an All Steinway school, so we have a fleet of fine pianos at our disposal in numerous practice rooms. Five excellent tutors will be hosting masterclasses and performing for us in recitals, while a variety of other musical options such as accompaniment class, choir, sight-reading class, piano technique discussion and  information on music software will be on offer.

Comfortable, ensuite accommodation in modern boarding houses with lifts, sitting rooms and kitchens will give participants the opportunity to relax, recharge and socialise. With superb grounds to explore, featuring follies, temples and architectural treasures, a week at the Stowe Summer School for Pianists will be a musical highlight of the year.

But don’t delay! Classes are filling fast, and Observers are welcome. Send your application form to Brian White  – scroll down for contact details, and contact Brian for further information.

PS – With Christmas now on the horizon, why not add a Summer School Gift Voucher to your wish list?! Details from Brian.

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Recitals 2018 Announced!

Summer School is just around the corner and we’re delighted to announce the recital programmes which our tutors will present.

Karl Lutchmayer  opens the week on Saturday 11 August at 7.45pm  with a fascinating mix – Alkan’s Etude pour la main gauche seule  Op 76 No 1 (Fantasie), Liszt’s  Hungarian Rhapsody No 13 and Enescu’s Piano Sonata No 3 in D Major.

Christine Stevenson follows on Sunday 12 August with a concert featuring  ‘The Romantic Piano’, playing Schumann’s well-loved Romance Op 28 No 2 followed by Chopin’s sparkling Four Scherzi.

After last year’s memorable talk about the work, this year  Graham Fitch will perform Bach’s monumental Goldberg Variations on Monday 13 August.

And the Summer School welcomes David Owen Norris on Tuesday 14 August, who, in a stirring programme, will play his own arrangements of The Frost Scene from King Arthur by Henry Purcell and Sir William Walton’s Prelude & Fugue : The Spitfire, Francis Poulenc’s  Les soirées de Nazelles, and Sir Edward Elgar’s  Concert Allegro.


The concerts, all at 7.45, are a bargain at £10 each, £8 concession, and free for accompanied children. They take place in the Black Box Theatre in the Performance Hub, University of Wolverhampton, Walsall Campus.  Tickets will be available via Eventbrite – watch this space for a link in due course – or at the door.  There’s something for everyone; do join us. Reserve the dates now!


Calling All Teachers! Classes, recitals, French Fancies, and more ….

Welcome to our website! The Summer School for Pianists is launching a new initiative for piano teachers this year. Spend a day with us at Summer School – observe our tutors in action in their masterclasses, take in a Piano Matters Presentation, enjoy a recital – or two! – and network with like-minded pianists from all over the globe.  All this for £40 for the day.

Ann Martin-DavisOn Tuesday August 14 there’ll be masterclasses with our five tutors: Karl Lutchmayer, Christine Stevenson, Ann Martin-Davis, David Owen Norris and Graham Fitch; ‘French Fancies’  –  a lecture-demonstration from ABRSM Examiner and  dynamic presenter Ann Martin-Davis on French piano music from the new 2019 ABRSM Piano Syllabus; an ‘Aperitif’ pre-concert talk by Karl Lutchmayer, a Platform concert by one of our delegates, and an evening recital by David Owen Norris, playing music by Purcell, Elgar, and Walton. All this, plus refreshment breaks, lunch and dinner!

Or join us on Monday 13 August for masterclasses with our five tutors, an accompaniment masterclass with Ann Martin-Davis and baritone Brian White,  a Platform recital by one of our delegates, presentations by David Owen Norris : The Severity of Time – How nineteenth-century composers used dynamic markings to indicate rubato in piano music,  and Karl Lutchmayer : The Dispassionate Pianist; an ‘Aperitif’ pre-concert talk, and a performance by Graham Fitch of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, plus refreshment breaks, lunch and dinner.

Places are limited, so book now! Contact Brian White  (scroll down for contact details) to reserve your place. We look forward to meeting you.

STOP PRESS – late vacancies – one or two places have become available in our excellent masterclasses. Contact our Administrator, Brian, for details.

Summer School 2018 – last places going fast!

Pianist Magazine 2Have you seen the latest Pianist magazine? Don’t miss it – full of exciting articles and tips to refresh and inform our love for the instrument. Don’t miss the Summer School for Pianists’ advertisement on page 70!  And don’t miss out on your place at Summer School – contact us now to apply; the last few places are going fast. There is room for non-participating Observers, too.

A week of great teaching, inspirational recitals, good company –  our Summer School offers it all, and more.

The tutor Recitals will be particularly varied, with repertoire drawn from Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Enescu, Purcell, Stockhausen, Schumann, Schulz-Elver, Walton, Elgar and Debussy. And the popular pre-concert talks, the Aperitifs, will return, giving brief “tasting notes” about the music before the evening performances.

The “Piano Matters” presentation topics for 2018 are – Karl Lutchmayer: Piano-flaneur: Concert Life in Pre-War Paris; Christine Stevenson: So who was the Girl with the Flaxen Hair? Perspectives on Claude Debussy; David Owen Norris: The Severity of TimeHow nineteenth-century composers used dynamic markings to indicate rubato in piano music; and Graham Fitch: On Urtext and Other Editions: Does it Matter?

Remembering the anniversary of Debussy’s death in 1918, we are having a theme of Debussy and his World in 2018. As a non-obligatory option, participants are invited to choose a piece by Debussy or his contemporaries. There is much to explore!

There will be classes for Piano Accompaniment with Ann Martin-Davis and baritone Brian White, and for Piano Duet, overseen by Graham Fitch. There are thirty-minute solo recital opportunities – Platforms – and Student Concerts for solo or duet items.

Each participant will be allotted three half-hour slots in their masterclasses. All are welcome to visit other classes to observe. Private lessons can be arranged with each of the tutors.

Don’t delay – book now!