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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!

 

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Gift Vouchers for the Summer School 2018!

Welcome to our updated website, with details of all the exciting events on offer at Summer School 2018. We welcome David Owen Norris to the team, and look forward to our tutors’ recitals featuring music from Bach to Stockhausen, presentations on a wide range of subjects, pre-concert talks, masterclasses for solo pieces, masterclasses for accompaniment and for duets, student concerts and platforms, a film night, a choir and a gala dinner. Our theme in 2018 is Debussy and his World, as we remember the anniversary of his death in 1918. You are invited to explore the music of Debussy and his contemporaries as a repertoire option. Private lessons can be booked with any of the tutors for an additional fee, and there is access to the University swimming pool and gym for a small charge. Why not put a Summer School Gift Voucher on your wish list for Christmas or a birthday, or give one to a friend?!

For details, contact our administrator, Brian White – you’ll find his contact details below at the foot of the page. For your application to join the course, see the Application Form page of the website, and contact Brian if there are any queries. But don’t delay –  some classes already have waiting lists. Book your place now!

 

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2017 – A Year to Remember

‘I am still a novice in the piano playing community, and the more I reflect, the more I am convinced how good the week has been! The quality of teaching was superb – it really was. The ambience, the pianos – it has made me aware of where I am, the path ahead of me and the endless opportunities to take my piano playing further.’

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Says it all, doesn’t it?! The words above were from Bob, a pianist who attended the Summer School  for the first time this year, and who has reserved a place for 2018. It really was a great week, a celebration of 40 years of the Summer School tinged with some sadness as we said au revoir to pianist James Lisney, below left, who steps down as an Artistic Director after more than twenty years’ association with the course.

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Plans are well in hand for 2018 however, and we look forward to welcoming David Owen Norris to join the team. We look forward to welcoming you, too! Watch this space for information, for the 2018 application form and for details of next year’s recitals, presentations and classes.

 

Photographs: Stephanie Mickler

 

 

 

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Summer School Recitals 2017 – from Bach to Kapustin

Summer School is nearly here, and our tutors’ recitals are some of the highlights of the week. This year’s programmes are:

James Lisney:
Saturday August 12
Grieg – Lyric Pieces (selection)
Beethoven – Sonata in C minor, Opus 13 ‘Pathétique’
Schubert – Drei Klavierstucke


Christine Stevenson:
Sunday August 13
Shostakovich – Prelude and Fugue in A Major, Op 87 No 7
Franck – Prelude, Chorale and Fugue
Chopin – Prelude in C sharp minor, Op 45
Chopin – Prelude Op Posth in A flat Major
Rachmaninoff – Prelude in G Major, Op 32 no 5
Kapustin – Prelude in G Major, from 24 Preludes in Jazz Style, Op 53 No 3
Debussy – Prelude Book 1 No 7 – Ce qu’a vu le vent d’Ouest
Debussy – Suite Pour Le Piano

Karl Lutchmayer: Monday August 14
Beethoven – Bagatelles Op 126
Madelaine Jones – Exposure
Liszt – Bénédiction de Dieu dans la solitude

Graham Fitch: Tuesday August 15 11.00am
A Lecture-demonstration on Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

Ann Martin-Davis (piano) and Brian White (bass-baritone) Tuesday August 15 7.45
Ravel – Histoires Naturelles
Ravel – Valses Nobles et Sentimentales
Philip Martin – The Rainbow Comes and Goes
Debussy – Reflets dans l’eau
Copland – Old American Songs (a selection from both sets)

Some of these are open to the public; check back for updates and information, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest news!

Book here or at the door!

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40 Years On – Summer School for Pianists 1977-2017

in-the-hub-1Reading a list of Summer School tutors recently, it was a revelation to learn that the Summer School for Pianists is officially 40 years old. It started back in 1977 – or even before that under a different name – and it’s still going strong! This year the classes have just one or two vacancies which have recently become available, so come and celebrate with us.

after-the-joint-concertYou’ll have three half-hour slots in a masterclass with one of our superb tutors, and you’re welcome to visit other classes to observe.

There are six Piano Matters Presentations this year, covering everything from Reading a Score to Using Studies and Technical Exercises Wisely. There are five tutor recitals with repertoire from Bach to Kapustin, pre-concert talks, student concerts and Platforms , and a Gala Dinner to finish.

Don’t wait – contact us now; scroll down for the email address and phone number. See you there!

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