New SE22 Piano School web site coming soon!

Our new web site is online and this blog has moved. We will no longer be updating this blog.

Have a look at our new site: SE22 Piano School.

Click to visit our new web site!

Click to visit our new web site!

New Students: For lesson enquiries, please email lorraine@se22piano.co.uk for an application pack. Lessons are £25 for 30 minutes or £50 for an hour. We are meeting prospective students in the February half-term for a consultation lesson to determine readiness to start the piano. We have vacancies on Monday and Saturday afternoons.

Join Our Mailing List:
Find out about our latest vacancies by joining our mailing list: http://mad.ly/signups/22304/join

Music Aptitude Tests:
If you are applying for secondary state school entry on a Music Aptitude place, have a look at our dedicated web site for MAT training tests. http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

Performance Opportunities in London:
If you would like to socialise with fellow pianists and musicians, then have a look at our regular events in Central and South London. Observers and performers most welcome. Beginners are encouraged to come and share your repertoire.

Saturday 20 July at Jaques Samuel Piano Showroom:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/217875

Saturday 10 August at Jaques Samuel Piano Showroom:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/217877

Buying a Piano
Many visitors to our site are looking for advice on buying a digital piano. We recommend the Roland SuperNATURAL digital piano. Simon Pollard from Two Circles Music can also advise on acoustic piano purchases if you are based in the UK so do get in touch with him: simon@twocirclesmusic.com. Two Circles Music also offer a great discount to our students and web site visitors, use the promotional code DULWICH13 at the checkout for a 5% discount and free next day P&P on all sheet music purchased online.

Two Circles UK Sheet Music retailer

Exam Results:
View our students’ exam results and achievements in this gallery: ABRSM Piano Exam Results

Safiya, age 7, Grade 3 ABRSM Piano, Distinction. January 2013

Safiya, age 7, Grade 3 ABRSM Piano, Distinction. January 2013

Grade 8 Distinction - student of Lorraine Liyanage

Grade 8 Distinction – student of Lorraine Liyanage

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Dulwich Piano Festival

SE22 Piano School:

Some thoughts on the Dulwich Piano Festival duet class from adjudicator Rosa Conrad

Originally posted on Conrad's Chords:

Set piece for the 2014 duet class: Andante con Moto, IV from Rosamund Conrad’s Delightfully Easy Piano Duets: book 1


dulwich winnerI’ve realised you can’t create something and expect people to care about it without getting out into the big wide world and showing your face. Or put another way: creating something and putting it out there brings new, interesting and challenging  things your way.

When I emailed the unstoppable Lorraine Liyanage, founder and director of the Dulwich Piano Festival from my cozy kitchen suggesting that my book might be good for a duet class, I didn’t foresee I would be asked to go and adjudicate the class myself.

I have some experience of Piano Festivals – as a kid freezing mid tune, cheeks burning and being politely advised to start again, and later winning the cup for under 15s Beethoven when I was around 14.9 (recurring). A passionate believer that…

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Hear It Live! At the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Tuesday 29 April. Free entry.

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/hear-it-live

From The Horniman web site:
To celebrate the arrival of our new At Home With Music display, we are hosting a live performance on our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord in the Music Gallery, on the last Tuesday of each month.

On Tuesday 29 April Lorraine Liyanage will perform selected movements from JS Bach’s French Suite no.1, and selected sections of the Württemberg sonata in A minor by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. The programme includes music to commemorate the 300th anniversary of CPE Bach.

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Adult Amateur Pianist classes at the Dulwich Piano Festival @ The Old Library, SE21

Adult amateur pianists are invited to participate in our very informal performance opportunities in the wonderful setting of The Old Library at Dulwich College on Sunday 15 June. The adjudicators are Ernest So and Emmanuel Vass.

The festival is now in it’s third year. Read an article about the very first festival written by Jack Thompson, aged 73 at the time of performing at the festival!

Enter Online: dulwichpianofestival.co.uk

Back in January, Jack Thompson spotted an advertisement in his local paper asking for applicants to this year’s Dulwich Piano Festival. It said any amateur pianist could enter. So Jack went to see the organiser, Lorraine Liyanage, to ask if he could apply at his age – 73.

JackThompson

Lorraine didn’t bat an eyelid although she said her main aim as a teacher of piano was to hold a competition in which young students would have the chance to perform in public.

However, she had had one or two approaches from adults and was thinking of creating a special class for them to enter. In the event, two grown-ups applied, one of them dropping out at the last minute owing to illness, So, at the end of June 2013 in the Old Library at Dulwich College, Jack found himself the only adult competing against children who, he said, showed considerable talent.

Kedar. Photo by Lorenzo Ali

“And, boy was I nervous! But everybody – organisers, the adjudicator (Penelope Roskell of Trinity College of Music) and proud parents – were very kind and indulgent.”

There were 11 in Jack’s class (Grades 3 – 5 and beyond), all young people of various ages playing a wide range of music from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven, Liszt to Gershwin.

Jack played “Tango” by Albeniz. He won joint second prize together with five-year-old Alanna Crouch who played “Tarantella” by Burgmuller! (The winner in their class was a talented seven year-old, who played Sonatina in F by Beethoven beautifully.) said.

Team Photos by Lorenzo Ali

He has now been asked to perform at the prize-winners’ concert in January in the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School. Jack, a former BBC foreign correspondent, who has been described as “an Albert Finney lookalike”, attended no fewer than seven Oldie Piano Weekends run by the inimitable late Raymond Banning. Jack fervently wishes they were still up and running so that he could hone his skills and perhaps win a first prize at next year’s Dulwich Piano Festival.

Lorraine Liyanage adds: The Dulwich Piano Festival has grown to a 2 day event with two adjudicators: Graham Fitch adjudicating the intermediate and advanced level students, and Frances Wilson adjudicated beginners and novice pianists. There is now a dedicated class for adult students, as well as 4 classes for beginners and a concerto class as the venue has 2 grand pianos available.

Entries are now open (deadline 1st May 2014). You can

Adult amateur pianists are invited to participate in our very informal performance opportunities in the wonderful setting of The Old Library at Dulwich College on Sunday 15 June. The adjudicators are Ernest So and Emmanuel Vass.

The festival is now in it’s third year. Read an article about the very first festival written by Jack Thompson, aged 73 at the time of performing at the festival!

Enter Online: dulwichpianofestival.co.uk

Back in January, Jack Thompson spotted an advertisement in his local paper asking for applicants to this year’s Dulwich Piano Festival. It said any amateur pianist could enter. So Jack went to see the organiser, Lorraine Liyanage, to ask if he could apply at his age – 73.

JackThompson

Lorraine didn’t bat an eyelid although she said her main aim as a teacher of piano was to hold a competition in which young students would have the chance to perform in public.

However, she had had one or two approaches from adults and was thinking of creating a special class for them to enter. In the event, two grown-ups applied, one of them dropping out at the last minute owing to illness, So, at the end of June 2013 in the Old Library at Dulwich College, Jack found himself the only adult competing against children who, he said, showed considerable talent.

Kedar. Photo by Lorenzo Ali

“And, boy was I nervous! But everybody – organisers, the adjudicator (Penelope Roskell of Trinity College of Music) and proud parents – were very kind and indulgent.”

There were 11 in Jack’s class (Grades 3 – 5 and beyond), all young people of various ages playing a wide range of music from Tchaikovsky to Beethoven, Liszt to Gershwin.

Jack played “Tango” by Albeniz. He won joint second prize together with five-year-old Alanna Crouch who played “Tarantella” by Burgmuller! (The winner in their class was a talented seven year-old, who played Sonatina in F by Beethoven beautifully.) said.

Team Photos by Lorenzo Ali

He has now been asked to perform at the prize-winners’ concert in January in the Michael Croft Theatre at Alleyn’s School. Jack, a former BBC foreign correspondent, who has been described as “an Albert Finney lookalike”, attended no fewer than seven Oldie Piano Weekends run by the inimitable late Raymond Banning. Jack fervently wishes they were still up and running so that he could hone his skills and perhaps win a first prize at next year’s Dulwich Piano Festival.

Lorraine Liyanage adds: The Dulwich Piano Festival has grown to a 2 day event with two adjudicators: Graham Fitch adjudicating the intermediate and advanced level students, and Frances Wilson adjudicated beginners and novice pianists. There is now a dedicated class for adult students, as well as 4 classes for beginners and a concerto class as the venue has 2 grand pianos available.

Entries are now open (deadline 1st May 2014). You can enter online – we are an entirely paperless festival! http://dulwichpianofestival.co.uk

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Dulwich Music Festival 2014 – June 15th, Dulwich College

The Dulwich Music Festival is the first festival in the UK to use an online entry and payment form – we have done away with the need for printed entry forms, stamps, cheques and envelopes in the post!

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you enter the 2014 Dulwich Music Festival using our online entry and payment form. The piano classes will take place on Sunday 15th of June at The Old Library, Dulwich College. The timetable will appear online on our web site from 1st of June. We will inform all competitors by email when this is ready to appear. Your name will not appear online, just your class number and time. You will be emailed a receipt of your entry for your records.

Payment is by Debit/Credit Card or Paypal on a secure server. Your card details are not stored anywhere online.

Online Entry Guide

Dulwich Music Festival Online Entry Guide

Dulwich Music Festival Online Entry Guide

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Screen-Printing Parties & Workshops in East Dulwich

Looking for some inspiration for birthday parties for all ages in South London? Have a look here:

Screen-Printing Parties/ Workshops.

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Our blog has moved!

Our blog has moved!

Don’t forget you can find out all the latest news from the SE22 Piano School at our new blog:

http://www.se22piano.co.uk/category/news/

This site is no longer being updated.

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Free Lunchtime Recital, Wednesday 10 July 2013

Join us for a free lunchtime recital by upcoming young pianist, Emmanuel Vass. Named as ‘One to watch’ by The Independent newspaper in April 2013, 24 year old Emmanuel Vass is rapidly establishing himself as one of the most charismatic pianists on the contemporary scene. 2013 has already seen the launch of his first CD – From Bach to Bond – and his first UK recital tour under the same heading. The tour, which took in seven venues across the North of England and culminated in his London debut at Steinway Hall and St James’s Piccadilly, attracted considerable media interest, including a live broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

This supreme versatility is also revealed in the calibre and variety of his recent engagements. Manny’s busy solo recital diary has included performances at The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Sheffield Cathedral, Leeds College of Music, the Long Gallery at Castle Howard and Hexham Abbey, as well as at the prestigious London venues Steinway Hall, St Lawrence Jewry and St James’s Piccadilly. He has performed for Lord Levy and the Russian ambassador in the Golden Room in Kensington Palace Gardens and for the French ambassador at The Lowry Theatre. At the Variety Club Jubilee Ball he played for the Prince and Princess of Monaco on the same programme as international artists The Manfreds, the boy band Blake, and Lulu.

Emmanuel Vass was born in Manila, the Philippines and grew up in East Yorkshire. He graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2011 as a Leverhulme Scholar. For more information visit http://www.emmanuelvass.co.uk

Manny Vass Recital

Programme:-

Boogie Woogie Etude – Morton Gould

Italian Concerto in F major BWV 971 – Johann Sebastian Bach
(i) Allegro
(ii) Andante
(iii) Presto

2 Nocturnes, Op. 27 – Frederic Chopin
(i) No. 1 in C sharp minor
(ii) No. 2 in D flat major

`’I got rhythm” and “Love Walked In” (arranged Percy Grainger) George Gershwin (1898-1837)

Malagueña from “Suite Espagnole” – Lecuona

Pagodes, from “Estampes” – Debussy

James Bond Concert Etude – John Barry and Monty Norman (arranged Emmanuel Vass)

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Our blog has moved!

This WordPress is not being updated any longer. Our blog has been incorporated into our new web site which you can find here:

http://www.se22piano.co.uk

The ‘News’ section contains information about piano and music events, local events in East Dulwich, ABRSM exam tips, videos of our students’ performances, Piano Festival updates and much more!

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The launch party for the new London Piano Meetup Group

Piano Launch Party

You are invited to the launch of the new London Piano Meetup Group at Peregrine’s Pianos on Saturday 18 May at 5.30pm.

You can choose to perform or listen to fellow pianists playing on a Fazioli 212 Grand Piano. Time limit per performer: Up to 5 minutes. Please leave details of your repertoire with your RSVP.

All performers receive a goody bag thanks to the generosity of our event sponsors.

Pianist Emmanuel Vass will perform a short recital to conclude the event.
Tickets must be booked in advance, they will not be on sale on the door.

Click here to watch Emmanuel performing 'James Bond Concert Etude'.

Click here to watch Emmanuel performing ‘James Bond Concert Etude’.

We have spaces for 10 performers and 30 observers. Tickets are at a discounted rate for the launch event of £15 for performers and £5 for observers (usually £20 and £10).

Book your ticket online by 17 May:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/221198

Tickets cannot be re-allocated or refunded if you cannot attend. This event is open to attendees age 15+.

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Theory Revision Guide, Grade 1 ABRSM

We have many students sitting their Grade 1 theory exam this term. Here’s a revision guide with a summary of the requirements.

Grade 1 Theory Revision Guide

Grade 1 Theory Revision Guide – Click to download

Please note that the guide includes Minor scales but these are not included in the current Grade 1 paper. They are included in Grade 1 practical piano so it is good to know the key signatures of these anyway as they will crop up in your pieces and sight-reading.

Here is a separate link to the Italian terms and symbols for Grade 1. These crop up in lots of the questions so you must know all of them. Remember – for Grade 2, you are expected to know all of these words plus new words.

Make sure you are working through at least 1 test paper a week. Bring these to your lesson and I will mark them. Ensure you have enough copies of the test paper so that you can leave one with me at your lesson and still have one paper at home to work through.

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