Review of The SE22 Piano School Winter Recital at Kingsdale Foundation School

We gathered for our Winter Recital at Kingsdale Foundation School on January 29th, 2012. Last year the concert was over 2 hours long, so I decided to split this into two concerts although our numbers have swelled over the last year and both concerts ran for nearly 2 hours each!

On a very cold day in a chilly Performance Space, our students manage to fight the numbness in their fingers to perform an exciting array of pieces on the piano and harpsichord. In the second concert, we heard many more instruments from our youngest players – several cellists, violinists and a clarinettist. In both concerts, we were treated to an operatic performance from soprano Teuta Koço. I am immensely grateful to Teuta for giving her time to perform at our concerts as she is an extremely busy singer.

We presented several awards on the day to our students who have shown dedication and enthusiasm for the piano and performing. Awards were presented to:

Ana – Senior Achievement Award Winner
Safiya – Junior Achievement Award Winner
Inigo & Rumbie – ABRSM High Scorer Award
Harriet – Rockschool High Scorer Award

Piano Trophy

Ana - Senior Achievement Award

Full details of awards recipients can be found here.

Hannah - Practice-a-Thon Participant

We also honoured our students that took part in the Practice-a-Thon, a sponsored charity event to help raise money for children with cancer through practising the piano every day for two weeks. We were delighted to raise £520 for CLIC Sargent and will be running this event again at the end of the year.

All the photos from the event can be found here in our Yearbook.

Here are the edited highlights of the first concert:

The featured performers are:
1. Alanna & Lorraine Liyanage – America by Bernstein
2. Petra Hajduchova & Lorraine – Montagues & Capulets, Prokofiev
3. Poppy & Lorraine – Pink Parasol by Jessie Blake
4. Peter & Lorraine – Slavonic Dance no. 8, Dvorak
5. Alice – Story from Long Ago, Martha Mier
6. Petra – La Piemontaise by Louis Couperin
7. Jonathan Wilmshurst – Suite de le Rejouissance & Men’s Dance
8. Lucia & Al – Bedford Square Blues
9. Lorraine – La Poule by Rameau
10. Rachel – Intermezzo op.118, no. 2 by Brahms
11. Safiya – Gavotte by Gurlitt
12. Alanna – Invention by Bach
13. Peter – Intermezzo op.119 by Brahms
14. Inigo – Revelry by Bartok
15. Ana – Where is my Mind by The Pixies
16. Claudia – Precipitato from Sonata no.7 by Prokofiev

The second concert featured our younger students and beginners. Our youngest performers were only 4 years old!

I was very grateful to my fellow teacher and piano chum Frances Wilson for coming along and presenting the Performance Award to the most exciting performance of the afternoon. Frances chose Columba’s performance of Men’s Dance for it’s vitality and energy. Well done, Columba.

Columba - Performance Award Winner

Here is Frances performing a piece from the ATCL Diploma syllabus by Szymanowski:

Theo is a seasoned pro at performing as you can see below – he has already won 2nd place at The Beckenham Festival and we loved the way he marched up onto the stage confidently. We predict great things for Theo!

Stephen Gott plays Bach and Debussy:

Lorraine plays a piece by Rameau on the harpsichord:

Photos are available to purchase from James Eppy.

Thank you to:
The Couture Cookie Shop for providing the delicious cakes and drinks.
Frances Wilson at The Cross Eyed Pianist
Lou Smith for videography.
Andrew Sear at Kingsdale Foundation School.
David Diamond at Prontaprint for printing services.
A very big thank you to Barry, Petra and Rachel for helping run the event.
Louise Oakley at CLIC Sargent for balloons and certificates.
And  a big thank you to all the parents for your support and encouragement of your young pianists!


About Lorraine

Head Teacher at the SE22 Piano School, a private piano teaching practice in East Dulwich, South London. I work with a fantastic team of teachers offering lessons to adults and children from the age of 4.
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