• The Forsyths Blog

    December 5, 2019

    CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS: check out our new gift ideas HERE every day until Christmas Eve!

    Like a musical advent calendar, every day throughout December until Christmas Eve we are revealing our Gift-of-the-Day suggestions to help you find the perfect presents for the musicians in your life – or treats for yourself!

    As always, for personalised advice, just give us a call on 0161 834 3281 to speak with one of our specialists, or visit us at our historic store on Deansgate in the centre of Manchester.

    Here is our list of gifts so far…

    Dec 9: Sterling silver musical pendants – Elegant quaver, semiquaver and treble clef pendants neatly presented in lined gift boxes – £27.50 - £32.50

    Dec 8: Van Gogh and Music – A lavishly-illustrated book on the artist who considered his ‘Sunflowers’ to be a “symphony in blue and yellow” – £25

    Dec 7: Squier Short-Scale Stratocaster Electric Guitar Pack – The ideal starter pack for all ages, with guitar, amp, cable, strap and picks! – 20% off! | SAVE £41! | RRP £210 | Now only £169!

    Dec 6: Music’s Spell – Poems About Music and Musicians – A beautiful 250-page hardback collection of poems on all aspects of music – £10.99

    Dec 5: £100 off the ideal starter sax with all the accessories you need: Trevor James Classic II Alto Saxophone Outfit – SAVE £100! | RRP £699 | Now only £599

    Dec 4: The Faber Music Soundtracks Piano Anthology: from Casablanca to The Crown – £20

    Dec 3: Katz Klips: hold music open without damaging your piano! – £30

    Dec 2: Da Capo: the new music theory card game anyone can play! – £17.99

    Dec 1: 38% off the Casio GP500 Celviano Grand Hybrid Digital Piano!SAVE £1,496! | RRP £3,895 | Now only £2,399


  • The Forsyths Blog

    October 31, 2019

    Events in November: Charity performances, ABRSM exams & EPTA workshop

    In November, we’re looking forward to hosting a free EPTA piano workshop with Susan Bettaney, a Meetup with Let’s Play the Piano! and several days of ABRSM music exams!

    Let’s Play the Piano! (right, top) will also be raising money for Leonard Cheshire at their Annual Concert, and young pianist Ben Sneddon (right, below) will be busking on our street piano in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Please support them if you can!

    Let's Play the Piano

    LET’S PLAY THE PIANO! – ANNUAL CONCERT 2019

    Saturday 2 November, 7.30pm – 9.45pm | Entry £7

    18 pianists perform in one night at Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, to raise money for Leonard Cheshire

    >>> Read more!

    EPTA PIANO WORKSHOP WITH SUSAN BETTANEY

    Sunday 3 November, 11am – 4pm | Free entry

    The latest in European Piano Teachers Association’s popular series of workshops for pianists of all ages

    >>> Read more!

    BEN SNEDDON: BUSKING FOR CHARITY

    Saturday 9 November, 1.30pm – 2.30pm | Donations

    Ben Sneddon

    A-Level student Ben Sneddon busks on our street piano to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust

    >>> Read more!

    LET’S PLAY THE PIANO! – MEETUP AT FORSYTH

    Saturday 9 November, 2.30pm – 4.30pm | Entry £5

    The regular meet-up group for pianists and piano-lovers to share music in a relaxed environment

    >>> Read more!

    ABRSM MUSIC EXAMS AT FORSYTH

    Saturdays 16, 23 & 30 November and 7 December

    If you’re preparing for a music exam at Forsyth, you can now book to practise in the exam room itself!

    >>> Read more!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    October 25, 2019

    ABRSM candidates: book practice sessions in the Exam Room!

    If you’re taking an ABRSM music exam at Forsyth in November or December, you can book to practise in the very room and on the very piano – a beautiful Schimmel grand – that is used for the exam!

    The room is available during our regular opening hours (Mondays - Saturdays, 9am - 5.30pm; Sundays, 11am - 5pm) and for £18 per hour, or £16 per hour when booking four hours or more (not necessarily in a single session).

    If you would like to make a booking, visit us on Deansgate or contact the Piano Department on 0161 834 3281 (ext. 604) or pianos@forsyths.co.uk.

    For further information about the forthcoming music exams at Forsyth, click here!

    And for more on our teaching and practice spaces, click here!

    Below, left: the waiting area. Below, right: one of our teaching rooms set up for ABRSM examinations, under Beethoven’s watchful eye!

    Waiting RoomExam Room


  • The Forsyths Blog

    August 30, 2019

    Extinction Rebellion in Manchester: Forsyth still open & Melanie Spanswick’s workshop going ahead!

    We’re looking forward to Melanie Spanswick’s free piano workshop tomorrow (Saturday 31 August) at 2pm! Over 40 piano teachers and players have already signed up but if you would like to join us too we should be able to squeeze you in! You can reach us on events@forsyths.co.uk or 0161 834 3281, ext. 204.

    You may have heard that Extinction Rebellion Manchester will be holding their Northern Rebellion on Deansgate from Friday morning until Monday evening (30 August - 2 September). We will be open as usual, but you may need to allow extra time to travel into the city centre!

    Melanie Melanie demo


  • The Forsyths Blog

    August 5, 2019

    An inspiring EPTA workshop on piano, body and mind with Susan Bettaney!

    As ever, it was a joy to welcome back Susan Bettaney for another inspiring workshop (4 August 2019) with the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA)!

    These regular sessions are always so popular thanks to Susan’s wide-ranging attention to all aspects of piano playing: not only technique and interpretation, but everything from practising in a way that respects physical and mental health to walking on and off stage and interacting with the audience. Fifteen pianists took part, receiving Susan’s expert individual guidance and gaining invaluable experience of performing in front of a friendly audience.

    Join us for Susan’s next EPTA workshop at Forsyth on Sunday 3 November: click here to see more information on our Events page.

    Meanwhile, we are also looking forward to our next free piano workshop on Saturday 31 August with Melanie Spanswick, acclaimed author of Play it again: PIANO. Following her brilliant workshop in January, Melanie will be back with us by popular demand – as one participant wrote to ‘Pianist’ magazine, “We can’t wait for her to return!” – with further insight and practical advice on developing essential tension-free technique. Click here for bookings and further information!

    EPTA August 2019 EPTA August 2019 morning


  • Sheet Music Department

    July 24, 2019

    Getting into Jazz, Blues and Improvisation with Tim Richards!

    One of the questions we are asked most regularly by classically-trained pianists is “how can I get into jazz?” Someone uniquely qualified to answer that question is Tim Richards, who is not only a distinguished international jazz musician in his own right but one who, unusually, can explain his approach to the uninitiated. While many jazz musicians claim to have no idea how they do what they do, Tim runs regular jazz courses for classical pianists and piano teachers in London, examines and contributes to the syllabus for ABRSM jazz exams, and has written a number of popular and critically-acclaimed books on the subject, including Exploring Jazz Piano, winner of the prestigious Music Industries Association Award for Best Pop Publication.

    We were therefore very excited to welcome Tim to Forsyth for a workshop on “Getting into Jazz, Blues and Improvisation” (Sunday 21 July 2019). In this inspiring, free, two-hour session, Tim covered some basic harmony and showed how it can be applied to constructing bass lines and jazz chords. He also gave tips to help with developing improv skills, using jazz standards and tunes from Improvising Blues Piano, Exploring Jazz Piano, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and his more recent books such as the Blues, Boogie & Gospel Collection, all published by Schott.

    More than 35 pianists and teachers took advantage of this brilliant opportunity to learn from such an experienced and engaging musician and educator, and left both with signed copies of his books and with a feeling that proficiency in jazz was now within their grasp – some even daring to have a go at improvising in front of everybody else!

    We have two more fantastic, free workshops for pianists and teachers over the summer with Susan Bettaney of the European Piano Teachers Association, and Melanie Spanswick, acclaimed author of Play it again: PIANO – join us if you can!

    Below: participants improvise on Duke Ellington’s “C Jam Blues”, Tim’s own “Funky Two-Five”, and the Mixolydian and Dorian modes.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    July 23, 2019

    Take a virtual tour around Forsyths!

    We are delighted to share a tour of the three floors of Forsyth showrooms here in the heart of Manchester. If you want to discover the other two floors containing our piano workshops and performance space you will have to come and explore in person!

    This Google 360 tour is a tantalizing introduction to the huge depth of interesting stock we have from piano repertoire on the ground floor to grand pianos on the first, from guitar technique tutors to an aray of guitars on the 2nd floor by makers such as Martin, Auden, Maton, Hofner, Fender…..

    …and hidden away at the back of the 2nd floor you can discover our dedicated string showroom - a lovely private space to explore our stock of good beginner to intermediate instruments.




    Forsyth Music Shop Google 360 Tour

    Forsyth Music Shop Google 360 Tour







  • The Forsyths Blog

    July 7, 2019

    Piano Lessons at Forsyth in English and Mandarin Chinese!

    Christine ZhouWe’re delighted to announce that Christine Zhou is now offering piano lessons at Forsyth in both English and Mandarin Chinese! Lessons are available on Sundays, between 11am and 5pm, for all ages and all abilities, including preparation for ABRSM, Trinity and LCM exams. Book a free trial lesson now!

    For more information, click here to go to our Music Lessons page

    Here you’ll also find information about booking our affordable, city-centre rooms for teaching, practice, rehearsals and informal performances such as end-of-term student concerts, workshops and lunchtime recitals. All rooms are fully equipped with high-quality Schimmel Pianos (upright or grand), stools and music stands, with additional chairs as required, and prices start at £10 per hour.

    If you are preparing for an ABRSM exam at Forsyth, you can even book to practise in the very room and on the very piano that will be used for the exam! Best of luck to everyone taking their exams in-store in the coming week!


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