Once home to Second World War soldiers, a ballet school and one of the world’s most impressive collections of pianos, this stunning Georgian manor house in the Kent countryside in England recently reopened its doors to the public, offering boutique piano courses for adults.
Very excitingly, Finchcocks has just released a list of 20 piano courses for its 2020 schedule, all taught by internationally recognised, excellent tutors.
So, if you’re thinking of swapping rock for classical and brushing up on your piano skills or taking up the piano as a New Year’s resolution, Finchcocks’ piano courses may be of interest.
Here’s all the details.
20 courses for 2020
Finchcocks courses cater to all experience levels, so if you’re not sure which level course sounds right for you, drop the team an email and they’ll be able to help.
Weekend courses cost between £525 – £625 (depending on the size of the room), which is fully inclusive of world-class tuition, food cooked by a private chef, wine and beautiful accommodation in Grade II listed Finchcocks Coach House.
The Finchcocks beginner course starts on April 3rd and is ideal for grade 1 level students. Taught by the wonderful David Hall, this course is designed for those completely new to the piano, or perhaps those who reached grade 2 or 3 then lapsed.
Dave Hall, who has been described by the Times as a ‘musical powerhouse’ will also be taking the lower intermediate courses at Finchcocks on 21 February, followed by 3 July and 23 October. These courses would suit players at grade 3 and grade 5.
Graham Fitch, the musical YouTube sensation, will be leading two upper intermediate courses at Finchcocks on 31 January and 24 April.
On November 6th, Penelope Roskell will also teach an intermediate course entitled “Healthy Techniques and Natural Artistry”. Another intermediate course will be available on December 11th taught by Dave Hall. All upper intermediate courses are designed to accommodate grade 5-7 standard.
For advanced piano students, there are three weekend courses available. These will take place on March 13, June 19 and November 20. If you have reached grade 8 standard and are working toward your diploma, you should take one of these courses.
Beyond the standard courses, Finchcocks is also offering music theory on April 29 2019. It takes music theory and applies it in a practical way to your everyday piano playing.
A Piano Retreat
For anyone nervous about playing in front of a group, Finchcocks also have a “Piano retreat” course, which focuses on private practice and individual tuition. The retreat is for students of any ability level and includes an open programme. These start on January 3rd and September 4th 2020.
There are summer courses being offered as well so guests can really enjoy the stunning Finchcocks grounds in between practice. There is one for advanced players on August 3rd and one for intermediate players on August 10th. There’s also a 5-day course scheduled for intermediate players on July 20th, which comes with an organ lesson in the historic Goudhurst Church. Finchcocks also offers a 5-day course taking place on October 12th as well from famed Steinway performer Vedrana Subotic.
Music and Mindfulness
While piano has its roots in the classical traditions of generations past, Finchcocks isn’t shy about taking forays into the contemporary, like they do with their class “Music and Mindfulness”, which brings together duets, piano playing and yoga into a short February weekend course.
Chopin and Rachmaninoff
Finally, there are a couple of courses that study the works of famous musicians of the past. The Chopin course sold out quickly last year, and the next one is scheduled for July 10th, being taught by Warren Mailley-Smith. He will also be teaching a Rachmaninoff course on September 18 for those who want some in-depth finger-play tips and performance instruction.
If any of these courses interest you, be sure to sign up for them as soon as possible, as many of them sell out shortly after they are announced.