Blog Archives

Melanie Spanswick has blogged about many aspects of music, music education and piano playing; she has published over 850 articles on this blog – please feel free to browse the archives below. To read Melanie’s regular columns for Pianist Magazine and Piano Professional (published by EPTA), as well as articles for various music magazines, please click, here.

Pianists From The Past

James Booker: Tim Richards

Vera Franceschi: Melanie Spanswick

Sergei Rachmaninov: Robin Zebaida

Blanche Selva: John Thwaites

Eleanor Sokoloff: Leon McCawley

Benno Moiseiwitsch: Daniel Grimwood

Harriet Cohen: Maiko Mori

Edith Vogel: Andrew Bottrill

Jacques Loussier: Mark Tanner

Teresa Carreño: Clara Rodriguez

Halina Czerny-Stefańska: Gareth Owen

Cyril Smith: Julian Saphir

Lamar Crowson: Julian Jacobson

Margaret Bonds: Samantha Ege

Raoul von Koczalski: Yuki Negishi

Viktor Merzhanov: James Kirby

Guest Post Series

Birmingham International Piano Competition: Ella Lee

The Concept of Flow in Piano Practice and Performance: David Jones

Musical Life at Windsor Castle: Alex Robson

The Recording Process: Yuki Negishi

Chord Playing and Improvising: Christopher Norton

Studying at  a Music Conservatoire: Evelyn Chang

Teaching Through Composition: Thinking in Phrases at Initial Level: Jeni Warder

Extreme Heterophony: a study in Javanese Gamelan for one or more pianists: John Pitts

12 Ideas To Help Reignite Motivation at the Piano: Lewis Kesterton

Compose Yourself! by Alison Mathews

Finding Their Voice – Progress Through Composing: Jeni Warder

Studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam: Yuki Negishi

The Thinking Pianist: David Jones

MicroJazz Refreshed: Christopher Norton

Border Tune by Christopher Norton

The Resilient Artist: Rachael Forsyth and Helen Sanderson-White

Montecatini International Piano Competition

Studying in Hong Kong and the USA: Rachel Cheung

Go Composer North America Summer Festival 2021: Sonya Knussen

Studying at a Japanese Music Conservatoire: Yuki Negishi

Beginning Jazz Piano: Tim Richards

Studying at a Music Conservatoire: Yuki Negishi

The Second Prokofiev Festival: Yulia Chaplina

Flipping Musical Misperceptions On Their Heads: Erica Sipes

My Work As A Composer: Wendy Edwards Beardall-Norton

Practice Tips for Exam Pieces: Christopher Norton

Compose Yourself!

Amy Reynolds: 24 Steinways in Cardiff

Amy Boyes: Kindly speaking the truth

Niel du Preez: PianoArte Masterclasses

Roland Perrin: Real Ear Training

Lola Perrin: Avoiding Apocalyspe at all costs – an interview

Becky Flisher: A Grade 7 Journey

Eleonor Bindman: The Joy of Piano Duets

Anna Sutyagina: An Interview

John Thwaites: The Primrose Piano Quartet record Brahms Piano Quartets

Rhonda Rizzo: How to Make a Professional Recording: 16 Tips

Rhonda Rizzo: The Waco Variations: writing about music

Sum Yee Chan: Sounds of Intent

David Alexander: Beethoven Piano Concerto Project

Christopher Norton: Teaching Improvisation to Groups Part 2

Dr. Wolf-Dieter Seiffert: “Ein Prosit der Gemütlichkeit!”- Four Famous Composers at the Wiesn

Maggie Morrison: A Canadian Playlist

Christopher Norton: Teaching Improvisation to Groups

Jenni Pinnock: Composing: An underrated tool in teacher’s tookits

Clara Rodriguez: At the piano with Phyllis Sellick

Katharine May: Harpsichord basics

John Pitts: Indian Raggs for the Piano

Karen Marshall: Teaching the tricky intermediate stages

Lindsey Berwin: My journey as a composer

John McLachlan: Composing Piano Music

Mark Tanner: Mindfulness in Music: Notes on finding life’s rhythms

Kay Tucker: A New Exam for Stringbabies

Samantha Ward: The Inception and Development of PIANO WEEK

Nick van Bloss: Honest Insights and Some Forgotten Exercises

Geroge Bevan: Intervals – training or teaching?

Daniel Tong: The 1st Birmingham International Piano Chamber Music Festival

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire

Sweet Dreams by P I Tchaikovsky

Étude in A minor by Louise Farrenc

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: Trinity Colllege London Grade 5

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: ABRSM Grade 5

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: Trinity College London Grade 4

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: ABRSM Grade 4

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: Trinity College London Grade 3

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: ABRSM Grade 3

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: Trinity College London Grade 2

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: ABRSM Grade 2

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: Trinity College London Grade 1

Selecting & Practising Piano Exam Repertoire: ABRSM Grade 1

9 Tips for Piano Exam Success

The Piano: Performance and Technical Aspects

Tricky Corners: spot practice articles

Tricky Corners: Tension Breaks

Tricky Corners: Lateral Arm and Wrist Movement

Tricky Corners: Wrist Circles and Finger Articulation

Tricky Corners: Fourth and Fifth Finger in Chords

Tricky Corners: The Opening Phrase

Tricky Corners: Smooth Passagework

Tricky Corners: The Leaping Fifth Finger

General Piano Practice

Perfect Alignment: 5 Tips

Attuning Our Listening Skills

5 Tips For Perfecting That Silence

Spot Finger Practice

Teaching Fast and Slow

The Thumb

Exploring the Sostenuto Pedal: 5 Tips

The Una Corda: 5 Tips

5 Tips For Your Left Hand

Repertoire Selection: 5 Tips

Ornaments: 5 Practice Tips

Practising Fast and Slow

Reverse Learning

Positional Piano Playing

5 Tips to Help Develop the Fourth and Fifth Fingers

No Pain, No Gain?

Creating Even Passagework

10 Motivational Practice Tips

5 Vital Daily Practice Reminders

5 Tips for Secure Coordination and Quick Movement

5 Top Tips for Hand Coordination

Twiddling Your Thumbs!

5 Stage Presentation Tips Part 2

Five New Year Tips to Seriously Improve Your Piano Playing 2019

Basic Tips for Healthy Piano Playing

5 Tips to Create the Illusion of Legato

Structured Piano Practice for Beginners: 10 tips

How Loose are You? Piano Teaching in Asia

Fruitful Fingering Part 1

5 Tips on Stage Presentation Part 1

5 Tips to Quell a Sustaining Pedal Addiction

Are you all Fingers and Thumbs?

5 Tips for Keeping Time

5 Top Tips for piano playing progress in 2018

5 Tips for Practising without the Piano

Practising Piano Waves

Approaches to Staccato Playing

5 Tips for the Perfect Practice Schedule

5 Tips to Instantly Improve a Performance

Play it again: PIANO Book 1

Practising Duets

5 Top Tips to Aid Memorisation


Hand Flexibility

Improve Your Sight-reading; 5 Top Tips

5 Tips To Improve Your Warm-Up Regime

10 Top Tips to Improve Your Practice Schedule in 2017

10 Tips to Pass Your Piano Exam

The Power of Repetition

A few thoughts on the ‘Una Corda’

A few thoughts on selecting diploma repertoire

The Power of Visualisation

Selecting a piano diploma programme: 10 top tips

Practising without the Piano

10 Tips to Seriously Improve Your Piano Playing in 2016

9 Top Tips for Practising Octaves (EPTA article)

The Perils of the Glissando

The Importance of Breathing

A Few Thoughts On Demonstration

It’s All in The Preparation 4: 5 More Top Tips

It’s All in The Preparation 3: 5 More Top Tips

It’s All In The Preparation 2: 5 More Top Tips

It’s All In The Preparation: 5 Top Tips

Perfect Pedalling

5 Top Tips To Improve Wrist Staccato

5 Top Tips To Improve Finger Staccato

5 Practice Tips to Instantly Improve a Performance

10 Top Tips for Tonal Beauty

10 Top Tips to help Resolve Tension

Resolving Tension in Piano Playing; EPTA Article for Piano Professional Magazine

Improving your scales: article for the Piano Professional Magazine: EPTA

15 Top Tips for Successful Sight-Reading

10 Top Tips for Effective Memorisation

A few thoughts on Ornaments

Variations for Judith: Contemporary Piano Music

Orchids for Piano by Ed Hughes

Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm No. 4 by Béla Bartók

More Daily Practice Reminders

Some thoughts on practising during piano lessons

S-T-R-E-T-C-H-I-N-G! A few thoughts….

Between the Notes

8 Daily Practice Reminders

A Few Thoughts on Beethoven’s Für Elise 

Top 20 reasons to play the piano

Absolute Articulation

To play Studies or not to play Studies….that is the question!?

10 Top Tips for Successful Piano Practice in 2014

Some thoughts on chordal playing in the Scottish Legend by Amy Beach Op. 54 No.1

Comfortable Piano Playing

Rhythmic Precision in the First Movement of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata in C minor Op.10 No.1

A few thoughts on Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor Op. Posth.

In praise of slow practice

Celebrating the left hand

Structuring your piano practice

Do pianists really need to play the entire piano repertoire?

Listening and Focusing

Why write on the score?

‘There are no Fazioli artists, only ARTISTS who PLAY FAZIOLI’

Pulse Perfection

Fifty Shades of Pianism


Perfect hand positions

Perfect piano posture

Coaxing the fourth and fifth fingers into action!

10 reasons to fall in love with the piano! Happy Valentine’s Day

Tension, Czerny Studies and strong coffee….!

How much piano practice is enough?

To memorise or not? Happy 2013!

Espressivo…..a few tips to transform your piano playing

A helpful way to improve your piano fingering

More memorising tips

Memorising your piano pieces

The amazing piano with four pedals

How can amateur pianists become more professional in their approach to performing?

Would you adopt a piano?

Maria Ines Aguirre and the Steinway Piano

Piano Duets for the summer holidays

Piano Duets – sociable, satisfying and sensuous?

Preparing for your piano exam

Contemporary piano music?

How should I practice my scales?

Structured piano practice in 5 simple steps

Sight-reading – 6 helpful hints

Piano exam success – 5 key points

Scales – 6 reasons why you need to practice them

Piano practice?

Piano practice – how much should I do?

How long does it take to learn to play the piano?

10 reasons to play the piano

General Music

70 Years and the Queen’s Pianos

Eton College at Coach House Pianos

Easter Master Class with Leif Ove Andsnes

A Master Class with Murray Perahia

 A Master Class with Zoltán Kocsis

Historic Classes with Arthur Rubinstein

Julian Lloyd Webber at 70

An Easter Master Class

A Masterclass with Freddy Kempf

Masterclass with Alfred Brendel

Hamish Milne: reflective memories

A Happy Easter and master classes with Cyprien Katsaris

Masterclasses with Valentina Lisitsa

Master classes with Olga Kern

A masterclass with Jonathan Biss

The Montecatini Piano Festival

A visit to the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

The World’s First Piano Recording

Beethoven Piano Concerto Project

A Lecture Recital with Mitsuko Uchida

The Piano at the BBC Proms 2018

A Tippett Day at the City Literary Institute

A master class with Murray Perahia

Josef and Rosina Lhévinne and the Russian School

A master class with Stephen Hough

Guest Post: Chicken Wings

A master class with Richard Goode

Guest Post: 11 ways to kick start your practice

Guest Post – A Young Pianist’s Journey

Yuja Wang’s master class debut

11 ways to kick start your practice routine; a guest post by GéNIA

The Mindful Pianist; a guest post by Mark Tanner

A master class with Cristina Ortiz

A Visit the the August Forster Piano Factory

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition? Part III

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition? Part II

Peregrine’s Piano Presents a Trip to the Schimmel Factory 2016

David Bowie meets Minimalism

A masterclass with Jerome Lowenthal

New Pianofforte Magazine and Jaques Samuel Junior Piano Festival

So You Want To Organize A Piano Competition

The Piano at the BBC Proms 2015

New Steinway Spirio Piano and My Daily Telegraph Article

80th Anniversary Party at Jaques Samuel Pianos in London

A Trip to the Schimmel Piano Factory

Piano Showcase presented by Pianist Magazine and Schott Music

A Trip to the Schimmel Factory

BBC Proms 2014

BBC Young Musician 2014

A Fazioli Factory Visit in Sacile

It’s All About Piano! Festival 2014

An Exciting New Concert Series launched by Rhinegold Publishing

Salon Music

A visit to Holst’s Birthplace Museum

What musicians can learn from Andy Murray’s Wimbledon Victory

Guest interview with Morton Feldman Scholar

Some thoughts on the 2013 BBC Proms

Grandma Dingley on Kickstarter

Sounding Out – Stage notes

The pianoforte in Jane Austen’s world

The healing powers of music

Guest post – Leeds Lieder Festival Plus

Conductor carries the Olympic torch

BBC Proms 2012

The healing powers of music; repairing brain damage

Can music really slow down the ageing process?

BBC Young Musician of the Year 2012; Woodwind Final

RIP Titanic

Join the Classical Revolution



The Solomon Piano Quintet

Introducing Duo Feola

Celebrity Christmas Gala at Kings Place

Micro-Lectures with Boris Giltburg

Memories of Moscow: A Guest Post with Alicja Fiderkiewicz

Jamie’s Concerts with Noriko Ogawa

Words and Music with Lucy Parham and Friends

Artur Pizarro plays Rachmaninov at St. John’s Smith Square

The Grand Black and White Piano Party at the OSO Centre in Barnes

Piano Talk with Noriko Ogawa Part 2 – Charity Work

Piano Talk with Noriko Ogawa Part 1

Genuine Joyce Hatto recordings

Joyce Hatto – The greatest hoax in classical music?

The Life and Loves of Claude Debussy with Lucy Parham and Dominic West

Dave Brubeck 1920 -2012

The Wallcast interview series featuring great classical artists

Do or Die; Lang Lang’s story

Pianist Mihaela Ursuleasa dies aged 33

British female pianists; Emily Daymond

British female pianists; Katharine Goodson

Brigitte Engerer

British pianists; Mathilde Verne

Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau

British pianists; Adelina de Lara

British pianists; Helen Hopekirk

British female pianists; Fanny Davies

British female pianists; Annie Jessy Curwen

Valentina Lisitsa

British female pianists; Arabella Goddard

An Interview with Vladimir Horowitz


Tha Anatomy of Melancholy: Marc Yeats

Sir John Tavener 1944 – 2013

Happy Birthday Claude Debussy

Steve Martland – a tribute

Celebrating 200 of Wagner via Liszt

New Beethoven work is premiered

Happy Birthday George

Marvin Hamlisch 1944 – 2012

New work by W A Mozart

Liza Lehemann

Music Education, Festivals and Competition

Weekend Competition: Winners

Weekend Competition: Celebration Series®, Sixth Edition

MicroJazz Refreshed: the winners

Six Gift Ideas for Aspiring Young Musicians

2021 Online Global Piano Summit II

The London Youth Piano Competition 2022

The London College of Music Piano Exam Syllabus 2021 – 2024

Chetham’s International Piano Summer School 2021

The Key to Scales and Arpeggios: Weekend Competition

Weekend Competition: The Winners

Play Women Composers

Palm Court Waltz: The Winner

Palm Court Waltz: Weekend Competition

RSL Classical Piano Exams

Tokyo International Piano Association (TIPA)

Explorer Piano Duets: Weekend Competition

Why is My Piano Black and White? The Winners

Why is My Piano Black and White? A Weekend Competition

Weekend Competition: the winners

The Faber Music Easy Piano Anthology Competition

Pianists Corner: a piano resource with a difference

Piano Music by Women

6 Favourite Piano Resources

Faber Music Piano Soundtracks Anthology Winner

Faber Music Piano Soundtracks Anthology Competition

Master Classes with Nelita True

Piano Notebook Miniatures

The Maze of Piano Methods Unpacked

Piano Companion

A String of Pearls, a Competition and the Female Composer

Let’s Make Way for the Ladies

Federico Colli and Fazioli at Eton College

Piano Master Classes with John O’Conor

Pro Corda at 50

Piano Workshops and Summer Adventures 2019

Finchcocks Piano Courses 2019

Touring in Singapore and Malaysia

Peaceful Piano Playlist: The Winners

Peaceful Piano Playlist: A Weekend Competition


10 Tips for Piano Exam Success

Preparing for your Piano Course; 5 Top Tips Part 2

Selecting the Piano Course for you; 5 Top Tips Part 1

10 Tips for Piano Exam Success

The Stars of the Albion Grand Prix 2019

Weekend Competition Winners

A Weekend Competition! Choral and Vocal Sight-Singing by Nancy Litten

Etude Op. 97 by Anton Reicha

A Piano Course with a Difference

No Words Necessary Competition

At The Piano: a study series by G Henle Verlag

Faber Competition: the winners

Faber Weekend Competition

PIANO WEEK: what happens on a piano course?

Cadenza Intermational Summer Music School

Weekend Competition: the winners

Weekend Competition: A Special Faber Competition

Lang Lang Music Theory Twitter Competition

Stars of the Albio Competition 2018


Learn to sight-read: the winner…

Learn to sight-read by E-Music Maestro: weekend competition

Stars of the Albion: 5th International Performing Arts Festival

Musical Chairs 2018

Piano Gallery: the winner…

Weekend Competition: Piano Gallery

Guest Post: Andreas Eggertsberger speaks out about Focal Dystonia

The Manchester Music Young Artists Programme 201i8

The London College of Music Piano Syllabus 2018 – 2020

Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide: the winner…

Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide: weekend competition

Attending a piano pedagogy conference

Sight-reading success with Paul Harris

Jukebox solos and duets: the winners…

Weekend Competition: Jukebox Solos and Duets

Weekend Competition: The Intermediate Pianist

Weekend competition: the winner….

Weekend competition and review; Improve your sight-reading! Teacher’s book

A few thoughts on piano teaching in Singapore and Malaysia

Holistic Day for Pianists: the winners

Weekend Competition: Holistic Day for Pianists

Holistic Day for Pianists

A Piece a Week: the winners

Weekend Competition: A Piece a Week

Easy concert pieces: the winners

Weekend Competition: Easy Concert Pieces

Chetham’s Summer School hosts Fifth Concerto Competition

At the movies: the winners

Weekend Competition: At the movies

2017 Beethoven Junior Intercollegiate Piano Competition

Piano Junior: the winners

Weekend competition: Piano Junior

Musical Odyssey

Piano Playlist & My First Chopin: winners

Weekend competition: Piano Playlist & My First Chopin

Stars of the Albion Arts Competition & Festival

Piano Notes: the winners

Weekend Competition; Piano Notes 2017/18

Manchester Music Festival Young Artists Program

New Year Competition: the winner

New Year Weekend Competition

PIANO WEEK goes to Frankfurt

Overseas Masters Winter Piano Academy 2016

Around the Globe Piano Music Festival 2016

The Faber Music Piano Anthology; the winners…

The Faber Music Piano Anthology

A Year at a British Music Conservatoire by Lewis Kesterton

Safari; the winners…

Weekend Competition: Safari by June Armstrong

The Value of Lectures & Masterclasses

Three Prizes; the winners…

Weekend Competition: Three Prizes

To Skype or not to Skype?

The Lang Lang Piano Method; winners…

Weekend Competition: The Lang Lang Piano Method

Do Piano Exams Matter?

Why take part in an amateur piano competition? The Chicago Amateur Piano Competition

Double Bill Competition Winners

Weekend Competition Double Bill

A Master Class with Nikolai Lugansky

Rock & Pop Studies: the winner is…

Weekend Competition: Rock & Pop Studies

Jackdaws Piano Course 2016

Weekend competition double bill…

You can read music: winner…

Weekend competition: You can read music

Mindfulness and Jazzin’ About; winners…

Weekend competition: Mindfulness and Jazzin’ About

Jazz Piano Tutorials by Tim Richards

It’s never too late to learn to play; winners…

Weekend Competition: It’s never too late to learn to play…

Funkey! Winners…

Weekend Competition: Funkey!

Master classes at the Royal College of Music with Sir Andras Schiff

Friday Freebie: Stormy Ocean by Carol Matz

So You Want To Play The Piano? The winners….

Weekend Competition: So You Want To Play The Piano?

A master class with Sir Andras Schiff

The Lang Lang Piano Method: The winners are…

Weekend Competition: The Lang Lang Piano Method

The Harpsichord: guest post by Katharine May

Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups: The winners…

Weekend Competition: Choral and Vocal Warm-Ups

The Graded Piano Player: The winners…

Weekend Competition: The Graded Piano Player

Musica Noca Stars of the Albion Competition

New Year Winner

New Year Competition

A Master Class with Emanuel Ax

The Piano Bench Mag: 2016 Edition

A Master Class with Andrei Gavrilov

Guest Post: Maintaining Concentration in Piano Playing

Jazzin’ At Christmas; the winners are…

Weekend Competition; Jazzin’ At Christmas

Christmas Cool Piano Duets; the winner is…

Weekend Competition; Christmas Piano Duets

On My Travels – the winner is…

Friday Competition and Workshop by Pamela Wedgwood

A masterclass with Leon Fleisher

Get Set! Piano – Winners

Weekend Competition – Get Set! Piano

A Friday Freebie: Dolphins by Carol Matz

5 Reasons to Take a Piano Course

Piano by ear: the winner…

Piano by ear: back by popular demand!

Piano by Ear: The Winner is…

Weekend Competition: Piano by Ear

Improve Your Theory! 3. 4. & 5: The Winners…

Friday Competition Improve Your Theory! Grades 3, 4, & 5

Improve Your Theory: The Winners

Friday Competition: Improve Your Theory!

Great Piano Composers of the Classical Era: Out Now

The Winners

Friday Freebie Competition

Great Composers of the Classical Era: Pianist Magazine

New Sight-Reading Academy Launch

Cui International Music Festival 2015

Variations for Judith; And the Winner is…?

Variations for Judith; Win a Signed Copy

Ten Very Easy Piano Pieces for Beginners

Training to be a Repetiteur

EPTA Yamaha Day with Nils Franke and Universal Edition

Piano Notes published by Rhinegold

Overseas Winter Piano Academy 2014

The Piano Bench Mag: And the Winner Is?

Faber Music launches the Lang Lang Piano Academy

A few thoughts on Practical Musicianship and Keyboard Harmony

International Piano Master Classes with Angela Hewitt

Piano Week 2014

2014 Dublin International Piano Festival and Summer Academy

And the WINNER is….?

A Chance to win the Pianist Magazine’s New Piano Techniques App

Andrei Gavrilov gives master classes in the UK

The Value of Music Theory

From the Adjudicator’s chair…

6 ways to introduce music making to babies and small children

Are you ever too young or too old to learn to play?

Guest post – Are you all fingers and thumbs? Come to the Summer School for Pianists

Appreciating your piano teacher!

Some thoughts on the Van Cliburn 2013 Competition

Transforming El Sistema

Young stars of Vladimir Spivakov’s International Foundation Concert

6 reasons why selecting a good piano teacher is vital…

Meet the orchestra; Let’s get children inspired to play orchestral instruments

Music education in Hong Kong – what the UK needs to know….

Learning to cope with performance nerves

Music Festivals….how important are they?

Are music exams important?

The 2012 Overseas-Malaysian Winter Piano Academy

Winner’s recital at the 6th Jaques Samuel Junior Department Piano Festival 2012

Practical tips for your music exam

Guest post – Introducing Stringbabies

The joys of the parent pupil

Music lessons apparently make you a better listener

The Orff Approach

The Olympic Effect

Why is Grade 5 Theory so important?

Dalcroze Eurhythmics – a creative way to study music

The Kodály method – a useful way to study music?

The Suzuki Method – an effective way to study an instrument?

Sistema England

Help, I can’t sing! Aural Tests

Do music examiners account for nerves?

Stage Fright – 5 tips

Music Festival Adjudicator

Stage Deportment – 5 tips

Performance Anxiety – 5 top tips

Teaching Young Children about Musical Instruments

Music Festivals – A Platform for your Child

Light Relief!

Happy Christmas 2021

Merry Christmas 2020

A Very Merry Christmas 2019


Happy Christmas! And a trip down memory lane…


Articles relating to the Author

Forget-Me-Not: A Birthday Gift!

Women Composer – A Graded Anthology For Piano: Pianist Magazine Competition and Schott Interview

First Repertoire For Little Pianists Webinar

World Piano Day 2022

First Repertoire For Little Pianists

Women Composers – A Graded Anthology For Piano

10th Anniversary Celebrations and The Classical Conversations Series

Snapchats Duets & Trios: New Recordings by Christopher Norton

Happy New Year: 10 Years Blogging

Lost in Thought: Practice Tips

An Angel’s Footsteps: A Birthday Gift

Chetham’s International Summer School Piano Teacher’s Course 2021

Pianist Magazine’s New Online Piano Courses

TIPA Live Show

Chakra Suite for Clarinet and Piano

Jackdaws Piano Courses 2020/2021

Quarantine or Paradise: an interview with GéNIA

Simply Driven: 5 Virtuoso Pieces

Piano Workshops in Newcastle and York

A Piano Course in Frome & Chamber Music in Tokyo

A New Year and a New You. The Art of Manifesting

The Steinway Chromasoul Piano

Publications: books and compositions

Snapchats Duets and Trios

Play it again workshop in Frankfurt

A Holiday Competition!

Play it again: Book 3

International Women’s Day: the pianist as composer

Merry Christmas 2018

No Words Necessary Review

Workshop at Millers Music and Tommy’s Piano Corner

No Words Necessary: 12 Original Pieces

A Far Eastern Book Tour

A Piano Day at Ackerman’s Music Shop

New Piano Courses at Finchcocks

Jackdaws Piano Course 2019

A Royal Double Bill

The 70th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival

Best Piano Resource Nomination

A few thoughts on publishing houses: a tour of Oxford University Press

Play it again: PIANO Reviews

Play it again: PIANO Book 2

Play it again: PIANO Book 1

Workshop for the Performing Arts Festival in Singapore

Polishing your piano technique: Jackdaws course 2018

Play it again: PIANO Review and Launch

A Student’s Memories: Patricia Carroll (1932 – 2017)

A Second Weekend at Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Meet the Judges: Live streamed event from Chicago

Piano Waves: Five Pieces

Happy Christmas 2015: A trip down memory lane

So You Want To Play The Piano? 2015 Publication

Judging the Chicago Amateur Piano Competition 2016

The Classical Conversation Series

A Weekend at Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Piano Course at Jackdaws Music Education Trust

Digressions: 5 Piano Pieces

Bilingual Master Classes in Germany

Piano Bench Mag Feature Article and Interview

Carnival of the Animals for Two Pianos

Improvisation on a Bach Chorale for Two Pianos by Busoni

Second Anniversary of the Classical Conversations Series

Master Classes in Germany

My First Article for Pianist Magazine – Get your copy here!

Marlow FM Interview

Sheargold Music Interview

London Piano-Yoga Day

BBC Radio Three Counties Interview

BBC Radio Berkshire Interview

Adjudicating in Hong Kong

It’s all about piano! Piano festival at the French Institute

My job as a music adjudicator

My life as a guest entertainer


Miniatures for Piano by Robert Bruce

Murray McLachlan plays Sonata No. 5 by John McLeod

Review in Pianofforte Magazine for Faber Music

Mastering the piano series by Lang Lang for Faber Music

Piano Bench Mag Celebrating it’s First Anniversary

Simultaneous Learning: The Definitive Guide by Paul Harris

Charles Owen’s Recital for Rhinegold LIVE

Andrew Litton at Rhinegold LIVE

Rhinegold LIVE Concert Series opens in style

The Art of Piano Fingering by Rami Bar-Niv

Alicia’s Gift; the Concert of the Novel

The Magic Link – a book review

‘Divine Fire’ at the Radcliffe Centre in Buckingham

Delightfully Easy Piano Duets

Hungarian Dances at The Musical Museum

The Yellow Lounge with Valentina Lisitsa in Paris

Royal Overseas League 2013 Final

A life in music…Ruth Nye and the Arrau Heritage

In Harmony in action….

Piano Yoga with GéNIA

It’s all about the piano – a piano festival with a difference

In Harmony Lambeth Winter Concert

A Walk Through the End of Time and The Woman’s Orchestra at Auschwitz

BBC Radio 3 Piano Gala for Children in Need

Valentina Lisitsa at the RAH