• The Forsyths Blog

    October 17, 2021

    Opening Sundays from November 2021

    We are excited to announce that we will be opening on Sundays again from the 7th November 11am-5pm.

    As many people will know, pre Covid-19 Pandemic we were open 7 days per week for many years. Sundays had become a core ’shopping’ day in Manchester with many people wanting to come to the shop at Forsyths to spend time exploring instruments and music in a no pressure environment.

    As footfall has slowly increased in recent months we have been increasing our staff capacity and will be looking forward to welcoming shoppers back in store again 7 days a week. We also are able to offer our rehearsal/teaching spaces for use whilst we are open.

    We contine to be open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5.30pm.

    For further information on our location, the services we provide and our history please vist our About Us page.

  • Sheet Music Department

    September 21, 2021

    Join the Sheet Music Team

    We’re recruiting for two new members of staff in our Sheet music department - 1 full time and 1 part-time. To find out more visit the job description here. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 6th October.

    Forsyth Sheet Music Department

    Forsyth Sheet Music Department

  • Events

    September 12, 2021

    Evening Recitals at Forsyth in September & October

    We are looking forward to continuing the wonderful programme of live performances in our 1st foor piano showroom!

    On Friday 17th September we look forward to a fun evening of Songs from the Shows masterminded by ‘The Manchester Vocal Coach’ Rob Lines.

    Rob Lines Adam Vaughan Courtney Gibbons Molly Mae France

    There are a few places still available but this performance is proving to be very popular! To find out more click here. We’ll be asking for charitable donations to the  Acting for Others charity.

    On Friday 1st October Matthew McLachlan returns with another enthralling programme. This time works by Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy & Liszt. To find out more click here.

    Matthew McLachlan Matthew McLachlan at Forsyth

    We are also looking forward to welcoming Rose McLachlan to perform on Friday 15th October - further details to follow.

    Advanced booking required for all recitals: [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 204

    All concerts are free, take place in our newly-refurbished, first-floor piano showroom and last an hour, starting at 6.30pm, with doors open from 6pm.

    You can read about all our past events on our website too - some of the concerts are available via ‘live streams’ on Facebook and Instagram. You don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch!

    To see the current list of events click here.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    August 16, 2021

    Join the Forsyth Accounts team

    We are looking for a new person to join our accounts team here at Forsyths. It is a rewarding role based in the heart of the business. This part-time position (25 hours per week Monday-Friday) is suitable for a numerate individual, preferably with accounts (Sales Ledger) experience and an interest in music. We are flexible employer and are willing to try and fit around other commitments such as childcare to make the role work.

    To find out more click here.

    Deadline Monday 31st August 2021

  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 22, 2021

    Videos from our last recital and details of our next!

    We were thrilled to return to live in-store performances on Friday 18 June with a recital from concert pianist Matthew McLachlan!

    This was the first of our series of socially-distanced evening recitals in our newly-refurbished piano showroom, and an audience of over 70 people scattered among the pianos were treated to an enthralling performance of Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.

    One audience member, pianist, teacher and writer Rory Dowse, was quick off the mark and posted a glowing review the next day!

    If you couldn’t make it, you can watch portions of the concert on Facebook (below) and Instagram!

    We hope you can join us for our next recital on 2 July! Read on for more details…

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    A free socially-distanced evening recital in the Forsyth piano showroom!

    Friday 2 July 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

    Doors open at 6pm: please arrive early so everyone can be safely seated in time!

    FREE ENTRY! Advanced booking required: [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 204

    We are delighted to welcome the brilliant Romanian pianist Daniel Ropota back to Forsyth for an evening recital in our newly-refurbished first floor piano showroom! Daniel last performed here in May 2019, giving a fantastic lunchtime concert ahead of his undergraduate final recital at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is now in the final year of his Master’s at RNCM on an ABRSM EU Postgraduate Scholarship, and his numerous successes at international competitions have already earned him special recognition from his home city of Iași.

    This will be the second of our series of evening recitals in the beautiful acoustics of our vast piano showroom. As before, audience members will be asked to spread out throughout the showroom. Those able to stand may wish to do so for a better view, but piano stools will be available for everyone who wants one, and anyone who needs a seat is encouraged to inform us when booking so we can reserve one for them nearer the piano.


    Frédéric Chopin, Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23 (1835)

    Sofia Gubaidulina, Chaconne (1963)

    Anatoly Lyadov, Prelude in B minor Op. 11 No. 1 (1885)

    Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major Op. 83 (1942)

    >>> Read more!

  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 12, 2021

    Join the Piano Sales Team!

    We have a rare and exciting opportunity to join our expert acoustic piano sales team.

    Forsyth has a national reputation as a high quality piano specialist. We stock a wide range of pianos both new and second hand representing the best value available in different price ranges. We are looking for a salesperson, who can play the piano, to join the expert team. The successful candidate will be joining a leading sales team, working in a fast-paced environment selling with integrity a wide range of pianos from world class concert grands to pre-owned upright pianos. Prior knowledge of pianos and sales of high value items would be an advantage. You will be joining a team with an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of pianos who would be able to educate and inform about the instrument’s design and manufacture and their many and varied musical qualities.

    Forsyth provides excellent opportunities for future career development. We are seeking someone who possesses strong communication skills, has a hunger and a drive for sales (preferably with a proven retail background), can work as part of a team, and has a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude.

    To read more about this role and how to apply click here.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 7, 2021

    Live music returns to Forsyth on 18 June with evening recital by Matthew McLachlan!


    A free socially-distanced evening recital in the Forsyth piano showroom!

    Friday 18 June 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

    FREE ENTRY! Advanced booking required: [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 204

    We are thrilled to be returning to live in-store performances with a recital from concert pianist Matthew McLachlan! A former student of the Chetham’s School of Music here in Manchester, Matthew is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London and is already a seasoned artist with numerous awards, solo recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe to his name.

    This is a wonderful and hitherto rare opportunity to hear a brilliant young artist perform in the beautiful acoustics of our vast piano showroom. This space has been little-used for concerts in recent years as the sheer number of pianos on display makes it impossible to accommodate a traditional audience seated close together. But the size and layout of the room actually make it ideal for a socially-distanced performance!

    Audience members will be asked to spread out throughout the room, so we can’t guarantee everyone a good view, but it will certainly be a great sound! Those able to stand may wish to do so for a better view, but piano stools will be available for everyone who wants one, and anyone who needs a seat is encouraged to inform us when booking so we can reserve one for them nearer the piano.

    Returning customers will see that we are part-way through a series of refurbishments to our piano showroom, with the work completed so far including newly carpeted and decorated stairs between the ground and second floors, and beautiful strand-woven bamboo flooring throughout the first floor piano showroom – see photo on our Events page!


    (approximately 1 hour)

    Frédéric Chopin, Fantaisie in F minor Op. 49 (1841)

    Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Major Op. 38 (1923)

    Alexander Scriabin, 24 Preludes Op. 11 (1888–96)

    Click here for more information on our Events page!

  • The Forsyths Blog

    April 1, 2021

    Spring Releases!

    Faber Contemporary

    Refresh your repertoire with new music by Taylor Swift, Ian Higginson and Nikki Iles, plus an invaluable resource for diploma candidates, and a stunning contemporary music collection from Faber!

    Nikki Iles & Friends: Jazz Pieces for PianoBook 1 – £12.95 | Book 2 – £13.95

    Out today! The popular and award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles commissioned this wide-ranging collection of new compositions and arrangements of classic songs to “reflect the breadth of jazz from its African American roots, through fusions with folk, classical and world music”. Book 1 is ideal for pianists of about Grades 4-6 standard, and Book 2 for those at Grades 6-8.

    The Faber Music Contemporary Piano Anthology – £20

    As beautifully-presented as the preceding collections in Faber’s series of piano anthologies, this excellent value 192-page collection offers 52 pieces, many of them never published before, including music from Aphex Twin, Einaudi, Enya, Philip Glass, Imogen Heap, Jóhann Jóhansson, Max Richter, Yann Tiersen and Nobuo Uematsu – all bound inside a striking reproduction of a Jackson Pollock!

    A Recital Anthology (ATCL) – £28

    Following the format of the Grade 8 Piano Anthology released every two years by Edition Peters for the ABRSM syllabus, Trinity have for the first time produced an anthology of 21 pieces selected from their ATCL diploma syllabus, edited with performance notes by acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne. Candidates can create a programme from this volume alone, and non-candidates too will enjoy both the stylistic scope and Osborne’s expert insights.

    Taylor Swift Evermore

    Taylor Swift: Folklore & Evermore £16.99 - £19.99

    Awarded Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Folklore was the first of Swift’s two surprise releases of 2020, both written and recorded since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and both reaching No. 1 in the US and UK. Now Folklore and its “sister record” Evermore are available in attractive sheet music albums, in versions for piano, voice and guitar, and for easy piano.

    Ian Higginson: Piano Sound Colours, Vol. 1 – £15

    Forsyth is delighted to distribute the music of British composer Ian Higginson, whose extensive catalogue of choral music – “expertly crafted, imaginative, practical”, according to John Rutter – is already popular with choirs around the world. This is his first album of solo piano pieces, largely written during lockdown, and one of them has already been featured in the January/February issue of International Piano magazine!

    To discuss these or any other publications speak to our Sheet Music specialists on 0161 834 3281, option 1

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