Fees include class tuition and full board, plus ensuite accommodation:
Piano Masterclasses – participants: £895
Observers who attend classes, activities and concerts: £795
- A non-refundable deposit of £160 should accompany booking-forms on making a booking
- Balance of fees due by 11 June 2019. Late entries will be accepted if there are vacancies
- A full refund of fees (minus the deposit) will be made on cancellation of booking before 1 July 2019
Please visit the organiser’s website to download and complete the registration form.
- Ann Martin-Davis
- Graham Fitch
- Christine Stevenson
- James Lisney
- Karl Lutchmayer
The Summer School for Pianists has established a central and unique position in the field over the last 40 years.
The 2019 Summer School for Pianists will take place at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire from 11-17 August 2019. The school is set amidst 250 acres of magnificent National Trust gardens landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown, with masterclasses taking place in the splendour of the State Music Room of Stowe House as well as in the new music department of this All Steinway school.
Combining a friendly atmosphere with musical expertise, the Summer School for Pianists has become an essential annual event for pianists of all levels.
Superb facilities at Stowe School ensure that music takes centre stage for a week, with top class concert instruments and plenty of practice rooms. The masterclasses, lecture presentations, tutor and student concerts, ensuite accommodation and good food in a stunning location create an event that is informative, stimulating and sociable for all pianists – and music lovers who simply wish to observe.
In 2018 the tutor presentations, Piano Matters, were especially praised for making the course even more attractive for performing participants and for observers as well. The three Piano Matters topics for 2019 are:
- The Classical Cover Version from Karl Lutchmayer;
- Keeping Repertoire Fresh from Graham Fitch; and
- Chord of the Week – an Exploration of Harmony from David Owen Norris (tbc)
There will be a class for Piano Accompaniment with Ann Martin-Davis and baritone Brian White, and a series of early evening optional activities – including:
- a session on Sight-reading Skills with Christine Stevenson;
- a presentation on technique: The Essential Mr Czerny with James Lisney; and
- a session on Audacity Software, with Dieter Niebel. Learn to record your own performances on your lap-top!
The theme for 2019 is the influence that folk music-making has had on piano repertoire – folk song, dance and legend. As a non-obligatory option, participants are invited to choose a piece with a ‘folk’ connection. There is much to explore!
Recitals and masterclasses
The tutor Recitals will be particularly varied, with repertoire drawn from composers including Purcell, Louis Couperin, Haydn, Beethoven, Chopin, Alkan, Liszt, Hindemith and Britten.
There are six thirty-minute solo recital opportunities for participants – Platforms – available for a modest charge, and three student concerts for solo or duet items.
As usual, each participant will be allotted three half-hour slots in their masterclasses during the week. All are welcome to visit other classes to observe. Private lessons can be booked with each of the tutors.
And there will be time to wander around the grounds, play a round of golf on the 9-hole golf course (green fees apply), have a game of tennis (please bring your own racquets and tennis balls) or, for an additional fee, enjoy a guided tour of Stowe House.
I am still a novice in the piano playing community, and the more I reflect, the more I am convinced how good the week has been! The quality of teaching was superb – it really was. The ambience, the pianos – it has made me aware of where I am, the path ahead of me and the endless opportunities to take my piano playing further.
I can thoroughly recommend the Summer School for Pianists … A great deal of planning and thought goes into the programme by the Directors. A very varied, fascinating and enjoyable set of activities, including talks, lectures, invited speakers, recitals and concerts, runs alongside the excellent masterclasses given by the tutors. I found all of this really valuable in setting my attempts to play the piano in a wider musical context. The facilities were also excellent, with good grand pianos for the classes, and a large number of practice rooms. Last but not least, the atmosphere was friendly and supportive.
I have just returned from my fourth year’s Piano Summer School and can honestly say it was the best one so far – a wonderful experience! We had fabulous concerts from the tutors who also gave us interesting lectures and entertained us, as well as giving us inspiring tuition. The whole atmosphere is very friendly and it was lovely to meet up again with piano friends from previous years.
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