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

FREE EVENT – Memorisation & Deep Learning (Saturday 11th June @ 17:00 – 18:00 BST) – Playing a piece over and over eventually makes the muscular movements automatic, but this “muscle memory” can be extremely unreliable when under pressure. In this revised version of one of our most popular online workshops, Graham Fitch explores the different memory systems and introduces various tools that will help you go beyond simply relying on muscle memory. Click here to find out more and to book your place.

Trouble-Free Trills & Ornaments (Tuesday 14th June @ 18:00 – 19:30 BST)

In this interactive, online workshop, Penelope Roskell gives tips for playing ornaments elegantly and effortlessly. Using exercises from her online course Teaching Healthy Expressive Piano Technique, she will demonstrate how to finger, practise and play trills, grace notes and mordents without tension or unevenness.

Participants will also receive the full video chapter on ornaments from Penelope’s course and will have the opportunity to submit questions on ornaments in specific repertoire in advance of the session. Click here to find out more and to book your place!

Recent events

Online Performance Workshop (Friday 20th May @ 15:30 – 17:30 BST)

This online take on the traditional masterclass offers six participants of any level the opportunity to perform a piece 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. Click here for more information.

How to Create a Beautiful Sound (Saturday 30th April @ 13:00 – 15:00 BST)

From the softest whisper to the most sonorous roar, great pianists play with a huge variety of dynamics, colours and layers of sound. Achieving this variety presents many challenges from controlling the quality of sound at dynamic extremes through to creating a singing line on what is essentially a percussion instrument.

In this two-part workshop, Graham Fitch shows how to make use of the piano’s vast tonal palette, from an intimate pianissimo where all the notes sound consistently to a rousing fortissimo without banging or tension. He will also share ideas for awakening the imagination to create an array of sound effects along with exercises for developing voicing skills and weaving a magical texture. Click here for more information!

Fundamentals of Piano Practice (Free Event)

Tuesday 29th of March was Piano Day 2022 and we celebrated by running a free online event featuring a revised version of one of our most popular online workshops. Even if you missed the session, you can still sign-up to receive access to the recording, presentation and other offers here.

Playing with Freedom (Sunday 20th March @ 13:30 – 17:00 GMT)

Do you often feel there’s something missing from your performances, that they fall short of your musical intentions? In this online workshop, Graham Fitch explores the main factors that hold pianists back, showing how to attain the freedom required to achieve your full potential in performance. 

The workshop was divided into three sessions in which Graham provided insights and advice on how to adopt a positive mindset free from anxiety, create a vivid artistic image that you focus on as you play and approach technical challenges in healthy natural ways to avoid tension. Click here or to purchase access to the workshop recording.

How to Play Fast (Saturday 5th February)

In these practical workshops, Graham Fitch used a selection of pieces from elementary, intermediate and advanced levels to demonstrate various ways to move them from an initial, slow learning speed up to full performance tempo.

The workshops are divided into three sessions for players of varying levels:

  • Elementary (Grade 1 – 3) @ 13:30 – 14:30 – Click here for more information
  • Intermediate (Grades 4 – 6) @ 15:00 – 16:00 – Click here for more information
  • Advanced (Grade 7 – 8+) @ 16:30 – 17:30 – Click here for more information

A combined ticket is also available for teachers or pianists who are interested in obtaining the resources from all three sessions. Click here to find out more about this event or to purchase a combined ticket.

Online Academy Birthday Bash (Re-scheduled)!

We celebrated the Practising the Piano Online Academy’s 5th birthday with a special day of piano-themed events on Saturday 15th January at the Fidelio Cafe in central London. The day kicked-off with a performance workshop featuring five pianists presenting works of their choice. This was followed by three lecture-performances by Graham Fitch and Penelope Roskell on playing Baroque music, Mozart and Schubert. If you missed the event then would like to watch it, you can find out more and purchase access here.

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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).