Piano Classes

Date: Sat 7th & Sun 8th March 2020

Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Rd, Westbury on Trym, Bristol. BS9 3AW


Piano Section Information


2. In all classes a copy must be provided for the adjudicator before performing. This must be neatly presented and of good quality. Players may use a copy or purchased copy for performance, but a purchased copy MUST be available at the time of playing.

3. Only one piece to be performed unless playing in Repertoire class or where otherwise indicated.

4. Time limits must be strictly adhered to.

5. The title and composer of items to be performed should be submitted at the time of entry. Please include opus numbers where relevant. Changes can be made up to and including 1st February 2020. Substitution of pieces after the programme is printed may result in performer not being placed.

6. Substitution for duet or ensemble partners may only be allowed at the discretion of the secretary. In the case of illness, only the originally entered competitor will be adjudicated. Own Choice classes are designed to include players of different standards. It is important to understand that each performance is judged primarily on the quality of playing regardless of grade of piece. Children playing at a very much higher standard than their age group may consider entering classes above their age group. This may be necessary in order to remain within the time limit of the class.

7. Entrants may not enter more than one class of the same type in different age groups. For example an entrant may play in either Repertoire class 13 years and under or Repertoire class 15 years and under, but NOT BOTH.

8. In the event of a class having a large number of entrants, the committee may decide to split the class into two sections. Competitors will be allocated a section at random. Two different cups may then be awarded.

Graham Fitch

Graham Fitch maintains an international reputation as a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and writer. Graham is a regular writer for Pianist Magazine, and has several video demonstrations on the magazine’s YouTube channel.

Has also written teaching notes for Trinity College London’s series, Raise the Bar, and for the advanced grades for the new syllabus, and been on the selection committee for the ABRSM new syllabus (advanced grades).

He has published an ebook based on his popular blog, www.practisingthepiano.com, and has recently launched an online resource for pianists and piano teachers, the Online Academy.

Graham runs a very busy private practice in London, and counts among his long-term students Daniel Grimwood, James Baillieu, and Gemma Webster - with many others active in the profession.

In addition to teaching talented youngsters, tertiary level piano students and working with piano teachers, Graham is very interested in helping amateur pianists develop their playing. Graham is a principal tutor on The Piano Teachers’ Course UK, and is also a tutor at the Summer School for Pianists, and gives weekend courses at Jackdaws and Finchcocks.

Graham also gives regular workshops and classes across the UK for pianists and piano teachers, and annual summer courses in France and Switzerland.

Mark Tanner PhD Hon.BC MA FTCL F

Mark Tanner is a concert pianist, composer, adjudicator, teacher and writer. His performing and academic work takes him regularly to all five continents. Solo appearances include many recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and St John’s Smith Square, as well as St George’s Bristol, where he performed in piano duo with Alan Schiller at the Mozart 250th Anniversary Celebrations.

Mark has published 65 volumes of compositions, editions and arrangements for Spartan Press; his music is also published by ABRSM Publishing and Trinity College London Publishing.

Mark’s book, The Mindful Pianist, was published in 2016 by Faber; it was hailed as invigorating and thought provoking’ by Martino Tirimo and shortlisted for Best Print Resource at the 2017 Rhinegold Music Education Awards.

In 2019 Faber will be publishing Mark’s comprehensive guide for the self-taught adult pianist, The Piano in Black and White, and is co-author of the two latest books in Karen Marshall’s Piano Trainer series, ‘The Advanced Pianist’.

Mark’s PhD tackled the Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt; he subsequently gained an honorary degree from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is a member of Mensa, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has given masterclasses across the UK, Europe and Asia. For 16 years he was Assistant Director of Music at Taunton School, Somerset.

Mark recently judged the keyboard semifinal of the BBC Young Musician and the EPTA Piano Competition; he was also Composer in Residence at Chetham’s International Piano Summer School.

For ABRSM, Mark has undertaken 45 tours to all five continents, examining grades and diplomas; he is also a Moderator, Trainer, Reader, Coordinator and International Presenter.

Claire Wilding Email: claire.wilding@gmail.com