The following are details of some of the events that I’m running over the coming months. Please sign-up to our mailing list for further updates regarding new events and workshops.

Online Workshops

I present various online workshops on topics including practising and piano technique. Please click here for further information on how my online workshops work and for answers to frequently asked questions. Access to resources for selected previous events can also be purchased here.

Upcoming events

Trinity Syllabus Workshop Series (Saturday 11th December)

As a complement to our video resources, we’re running a series of three workshops on the Trinity College London 2021-23 syllabus on Saturday 11th December. These workshops will take on a similar format to the sessions we ran on the ABRSM syllabus last year (click here for more information).

In each session, Graham Fitch demonstrates how to interpret, learn, practise and teach a selection of repertoire in addition to providing general tips on preparing for other aspects of an examination. There will also be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout each session and participants will receive access to a recording plus some additional bonus resources. The times and booking details for the sessions are as follows:

  • Part 1 – Foundation (Initial – Grade 3) @ 11:30 – 13:00 GMT – Click here for further information & booking details
  • Part 2 – Intermediate (Grades 4 – 6) @ 13:30 – 15:00 GMT – Click here for further information & booking details
  • Part 3 – Advanced (Grades 7 & 8) @ 15:30 – 17:00 GMT – Click here for further information & booking details
  • Combined Ticket – Click here for further information or to save by purchasing a combined ticket for all three sessions

These workshops will be invaluable to exam candidates and teachers preparing candidates, but will also be of benefit if you’re simply looking for some new graded repertoire and further insights on how to approach learning and practising new pieces.

Online Academy Birthday Bash (Re-scheduled)!

The Practising the Piano Online Academy recently celebrated its fifth birthday, but unfortunately we had to postpone the special day of events that we had planned for October. We are delighted to announce that we have rescheduled for Saturday 15th January at the Fidelio Cafe in central London!

The day kicks-off with a performance workshop in which six pianists will perform a work of their choice for Graham Fitch and an audience of observers. Graham will then provide each performer with individual tuition, including feedback on style, technique, practice methods or help on any specific questions they have.

Following on from the performance workshop are three special lecture-performances by Graham, Masayuki Tayama and Penelope Roskell on bringing Baroque music to life, Beethoven’s piano sonatas and Schubert’s last sonata.

This promises to be a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a variety of inspiring and informative piano-themed events in a charming, easily accessible venue. However, if you can’t join us in London, you can also watch online as we will be streaming and recording the sessions! 

Click here to find out more about the event and for booking details.

Recent events

Playing Scales & Arpeggios Evenly, Fluently and Expressively (Saturday 6th November @ 13:30 – 15:00 GMT) – Would you like to learn how to be able to play scales and arpeggios evenly, fluently and with a beautiful tone? In this online workshop, Penelope Roskell will discuss her revolutionary approach to fingering and demonstrate new techniques for evenness, fluency and speed. Click here for more information or to book your place.

Improving Your Chord Technique (Saturday 6th November @ 15:30 – 17:00 GMT) – Do you get tired and tense playing chords? Or do your chords sound weak or harsh? In this online workshop, Penelope Roskell demonstrates different types of chord technique, from rich arm-weight chords and fast repetition to powerful, vibrant fortissimo. Click here for more information or to book your place.

Click here to save up to 25% on the individual ticket prices by purchasing a combined ticket for both of these workshops.

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Facebook Live Events

I will be broadcasting a series of live events from my Facebook page, including a live “practice clinic” open to everyone in which I will respond to practising-related queries submitted by our subscribers in advance.

Please visit my Facebook Live Events page to view announcements regarding events and to set reminders (be sure to follow my page for notifications for new events!). Videos from selected events are also available on our YouTube channel.   

Home Courses

I shall be tutoring small groups (maximum of 8) on a few dates at my home in Southfields, London SW19. Because the groups are small, there will be plenty of individual attention. The format will consist of a mixture of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions on technique and practice method (bring problem spots or topics), performance workshops (masterclass style) and performance opportunities with feedback. Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. The fee is £150 per day (10% discounts to subscribers of the Online Academy). First come, first served. To cut down on admin time, I will require payment in full on registration. Places are non-transferable. Please note: a vegetarian option will be provided, but we will not be able to cater for special dietary requirements.

Sunday, April 19 – Intermediate (minimum level of approx. Grade 6-7)

Sunday, June 7 – Intermediate to Advanced (Grade 6 and above)

Saturday, October 10 – Advanced (Grade 8 and above) (COURSE FULL)

Sunday, October 11 – Diploma Day (the chance to perform and work on areas of your programme in a safe, supportive environment)

Schedule:

  • 9:00 Arrival
  • 9:30 Session 1
  • 11:00 Coffee
  • 11:30 Session 2
  • 1:00 Lunch
  • 1:45 Session 3
  • 3:15 Tea
  • 3:45 Session 4
  • 5:00 Wrap up
  • 5:30 End

For more details and to book, please contact me via this link.

Finchcocks

Finchcocks, Goudhurst. Kent, TN17 1HH

I am running several courses at the majestic Finchcocks in Kent throughout the year, including a summer course with Penelope Roskell. There are plenty of grand pianos available for individual practice, the surroundings are beautiful, and the food and accommodation both top-notch. You will have all your creature comforts here!

For details please click here

France

Piano Holiday

Saint Laurent, 14 – 20 July

Following on from my Piano Holiday at Saint Laurent over the past two years, this summer course will once again include master classes, workshops, individual tuition, a student concert and opportunities to play duets. Numbers will be restricted to 8 participants, with classes focussed on performance and practising skills. Participants should be of intermediate to advanced level, and will need to bring three pieces from the classical repertoire that they have prepared to a fluent level (memorisation is not required). The daily classes will be conducted in a pleasant, friendly, supportive and non-competitive atmosphere. Digital practice pianos will be available. Partners are most welcome.

Saint Laurent is the venue for this Piano Holiday. It is situated on 27 hectares (66 acres) of land, near Rieux-Volvestre, with breathtaking views of the countryside and the Pyrenees. The fully refurbished 600 sq metre farmhouse boasts 4 apartments and extensive common space. The apartments at Saint Laurent have kitchens. There is a performance area, which can accommodate up to 60 people, with a Kawai RX2 grand piano. Saint Laurent regularly hosts professional concerts. There is also a small swimming pool.

For full details and to register, click here

Switzerland

Music Centre, Paul Hindemith Foundation, Blonay, Switzerland.

Monday 19th October to Sunday 25th October

The course is intended for mid- and good level amateur pianists (grade 4 to 8). Active performers (9 persons at the maximum) will be allowed two 30-minute slots to play well-prepared pieces. I will pay a special attention to the interpretation and remaining technical problems, as well as practice method.

Presentation of duets and duos is most welcome.

Resident observers (11 persons at the maximum) can attend the whole course. Non-residents observers are welcome to attend the course. There will be opportunities for participants to play in public during two after-dinner mini-recitals. Participants can book a 30-minute private lesson with me. Fanny Gsteiger will be available for private Alexander Technique lessons.

The course will end with a workshop about different aspects of the musical practice (e.g. how to deal with a new piece, how to choose suitable pieces, sight reading, memorisation, and other aspect of performance preparation).

The course will take place at the Music Centre of the Hindemith Foundation, in the village of Blonay, ideally situated above the cities of Vevey and Montreux. The German violinist and composer Paul Hindemith lived in Blonay from 1953 to his death in 1963. His wife created the Foundation in 1968, including the Music Center which is greatly appreciated by all musicians and music ensembles for its friendly atmosphere. The Centre consists of two buildings, the Chalet de Lacroix and the Pavilion. The large garden offers a great view on the Lake Léman and the Swiss Alps.

For full details and to book, contact the administrator by email: masterclassvm@bluewin.ch

Also, visit the website (under construction but hopefully up and running soon) – click here

The Summer School for Pianists

Stowe School, Stowe, Buckingham MK18 5EH

15th – 21stAugust

This will be our second year at the magnificent Stowe School, which offers beautiful surroundings, excellent facilities and comfortable accommodation. This course is for adult amateurs, and there are plenty of piano-related activities going on all week.

To see the website and to book, click here

Morley College Masterclass

I am delighted to announce my second public masterclass for advanced pianists at Morley College, London, on Wednesday, April 1st from 2:30. Active participants need to be at around Grade 8 standard and above. Please contact the music department at 0207 450 1942 for more information and how to enrol. The masterclass is open to everyone who wishes to observe. For more details and to register, click here

CPD Days with The Piano Teachers’ Course UK

The Purcell School, Aldenham Road, Bushey WD23 2TS

As you may know, I am one of the principal tutors on The Piano Teachers’ Course UK. We have developed a series of Continued Professional Development days – a series of seven lecture days, running parallel to the main PTC course, with CPD Lectures, Workshops and Teachers’ Discussion Forums discussing issues and sharing expertise. There is no minimum requirement for these sessions. Private lessons can be booked as well. The ones I shall be presenting are as follows:

Friday, April 3rd – Post Grade 8 Performance Preparation and Practice (with myself and other PTC tutors). An opportunity to try out your piece(s) in a small group setting, with guidance and helpful hints from PTC tutors.

Saturday, April 4th – Morning: The Practice Tools. What happens in the practice room between lessons is of course hugely important in the development of the piano student. In this workshop, Graham will demonstrate a range of tried and tested practice techniques which are indispensable when learning new pieces solidly and reliably. He will also demonstrate methodology for building up speed, correcting errors and memorising.

Afternoon: Masterclass with Graham Fitch. Students will have the opportunity to discuss and work with The Practice Tools on their own choice of Teaching and Performing Repertoire

For full details and to register, click here

Jackdaws

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY

November 6th – 8th

My weekend course runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, with lunch and dinners included, along with refreshments to keep you topped up, all provided on site at Jackdaws. Bed and Breakfast is available starting from £39 per night for those of you travelling from further afield.

To see the website click here (booking for my course will not open until the summer).