Playing Softly, Keeping Going & More…

Our biggest ever online events programme kicks off on Friday 26th March. We will be providing further information on the various events in the run-up, starting a showcase of an initial selection from the programme.

In these sessions, William Westney demystifies the technique of playing softly, Ken Johansen shows how to keep going no matter what when sight-reading and Graham Fitch takes us back to Haydn’s visit to London!

Please see further details for each event below or click here to view the full programme. Click here if you haven’t attended one of our online events before and would like to find out more about how they work.  

William westney Graham Fitch and Ken Johansen

Keeping Going, No Matter What!

Friday 26th March @ 15:00 – 17:00 GMT

In sight-reading, we are often told to maintain a steady pulse and keep going, no matter what happens. But when confronted with confusing-looking rhythms, technical difficulties, and other challenges, it can be difficult to keep our rhythm regular and accurate.

In this online workshop, Ken Johansen shows how to find a suitable tempo in sight-reading, keep the beat going even in challenging circumstances, and how to avoid common rhythmic inaccuracies. We’ll discuss several techniques that help us to find and solve rhythmic difficulties before we play, so that our sight-reading will be more comfortable and successful from the first reading.

Examples will be drawn from all levels of difficulty, from easy to advanced, including several pieces from the Read Ahead curriculum, as well as a preview of Part 4 of the Advanced Sight-Reading Curriculum, soon to be added to the Online Academy. Click here to book your place.

Making Good, Healthy Sound – Even at the Softest Dynamic Level

Friday 26th March @ 17:30 – 18:45 GMT

Although it may seem like a simple matter, playing softly can be one of the trickier aspects of pianism – especially if we go about it timidly or by simply “retreating” from the keyboard.

In this online workshop, William Westney discusses one of his favourite topics: demystifying the technique of piano / pianissimo dynamics and finding a satisfying, reliable approach that sounds and feels good! Click here to book your place.

Haydn’s C Major “English” Sonata – A Fantasy Analysis

Saturday 27th March @ 14:30 – 16:00 GMT

In the style of his “Fantasy Analysis” of Brahms’ Intermezzo in A, op 118 no 2, Graham Fitch takes us on a journey back to Haydn’s last visit to London. The English pianos were new to Haydn and inspired him to create brand new sounds and textures in his late compositions.

In this online presentation, Graham analyses the Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50 with a creative narrative to bring the music to life in an imaginative way. Click here to book your place.

Weekend Pass – Save 20%!

Click here to save 20% by purchasing a combined ticket for all ten events! Online Academy subscribers are also entitled to a further 40% discount on this special price (a saving of £120!).