Stars of the Albion Competition 2018

On Saturday I swapped my teaching for adjudicating, spending a day in London at the Musica Nova International Music Academy situated on Cromer Road, near King’s Cross train station. This busy studio is owned (and was founded) by Russian pianist and singer, Evgenia Terentieva. As well as a music academy, providing one-to-one tuition (for children…

PIANO WEEK at Rugby School

If you are a regular visitor to piano summer schools but haven’t yet discovered PIANO WEEK, it might be time to explore this rapidly expanding piano course and festival. With seven international residencies during 2017, you will certainly be spoilt for choice. Established by pianist Samantha Ward, this impressive touring piano festival and summer school…

From the Adjudicator’s Chair

This week several of my readers have contacted me asking whether I could write a blog post on the subject of what adjudicators or jury members are looking for in a competition performance (I’m always pleased to hear from anyone with blog post ideas). It’s wonderful that so many of you are preparing for amateur piano…

Appreciating Your Piano Teacher

I had a wonderful time last weekend adjudicating piano classes for the Leamington Spa Music Festival.  I have written about music festivals before on my blog explaining the format and concept.  For the competitors, they are both great fun and instructive; allowing the (generally) young performers to enjoy their music making in a supportive atmosphere as well as receiving…

Music Festivals – A platform for your child

I spent a few hours listening to vocal classes at the Chesham Arts Festival this evening. As I live a stone’s throw from The Elgiva Theatre it seemed a good idea to support my local festival. I thoroughly enjoyed it and all the young singers (mostly girls) gave their best, some producing admirable performances. Sadly…