During this difficult time for us all, I am still offering piano and violin lessons, but moving online to Skype. Please contact me for further details and help with setting-up. For those of us having to stay at home, let's use this time wisely and productively - this is a great time to learn an instrument!
Good luck to all my students, who are sitting exams on this Friday, 4th July.
It’s a very special day as we are having a private visit from the ABRSM examiner. Just a reminder to all candidates: come in through the front door to the main house as we will be waiting in the old part of the house. There will be a chance to warm up too.
I hope you are all raring to do – I am looking forward to it, and there is going to be some great music played with a varied repertoire. I’m having the piano tuned on Thursday, so it should feel fabulous to play.
Today my piano was expertly serviced by Jim Titterington and Maurice Peck. Thehammers were reshaped after years of wear and tear, it was regulated, tuned and voiced and given a really good clean out. It’s as good as new again now! Here are the master technicians in action:
I shall be breaking up for the Christmas and New Year holidays a little early this year – the final lessons of the year will be on Saturday 14th December. Lessons will be starting IN THE NEW STUDIO on Monday 6th January 2014! 🙂
Here are the latest pictures of the new studio and waiting room, which is almost ready to move the piano into! I am very excited:
We are all set to go in the new temporary teaching room. Thanks to Gilberts Piano Transport – the people I would always recommend to move a piano in an expert way: http://www.pianoremovals-manchester.co.uk/
The next move will be back to the newly built studio, hopefully later this year. The temporary teaching venue is only about a third of a mile from the present one, and there is ample parking. I’m looking forward to teaching looking out over the fields! 🙂
Update – we will be moving to the temporary teaching premises on Tuesday 16th April. It is still in Barton, a 5-10 minute walk from the current studio. Anyone who hasn’t received a copy of the map and address should be getting one soon. There will be car parking in front of the house, and toilet facilities, but please note that there is nowhere to wait inside, so please don’t arrive too early for your lessons! (Those who do may be forced to play duets!) I’m not sure how long we will be in the temporary venue, but the good news is that I am taking my Yamaha grand piano with me, so some things will be the same. Building work for the new studio starts on May 6th, all being well. It’s exciting!
The planning permisson for our extension was approved in December, and I am very excited to be able to tell you that we now have a starting date for building the new music room. It will have lovely views over the garden and the fields and will be purpose built for making music. When building work starts in May, for a while I shall be teaching from a temporary venue close by, so that lessons are still peaceful and undisturbed. More details to follow.
With Christmas fast approaching, I have been busy concocting my usual fun and games for the season! 🙂 This year’s Christmas Quiz for all the family is to do with musical instruments from a wide range of eras and countries, and the secondary school challenge (to take place in end of term lessons) is an exciting “Guess the Year” listening challenge. The instrument Quiz will be handed out in next weeks’ lessons and will be due back in January for entry. In due course, I will also publishing the Instrument Quiz on this site too for anyone else who wants a go!
ALSO………..Good Luck to all who are taking ABRSM exams next week!
This trophy was commisioned by my late grandfather, Edward Topping, himself a keen amateur musician. He started to present it to a local young musician every year who showed promise. After many years of it not being awarded, I restarted the tradition in the early 1990s. At least three of the people I have awarded it to have gone on to careers in music, whilst another two are currently at university reading music.
Last year it was awarded to Josie Coffey, and this year I have awarded it to Hannah Culver, who was also a semi finalist in the Young Musician of the Guild competition.