• The Forsyths Blog

    December 17, 2018

    Check out our new gift ideas HERE every day until Christmas Eve!

    DominoesLike 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!

    Here is the list so far…

    Dec 17: Aerophone: Roland’s brilliant digital wind instrument, from £399 – light, powerful and versatile in performance, and use headphones for silent practice!

    Dec 16: a rediscovered Romantic: Joseph Marx’s Nature Trilogy, was £8.50, now only £7.65 – a treat for lovers of Mahler, Richard Strauss and Korngold

    Dec 15: save 20% on Musical Dominoes (right), were £20.00, now only £15.99 – one of our favourite musical gifts, and a fun twist on traditional dominoes: connect notes instead of dots!

    Dec 14: the elegant clockwork Wittner 2181 Metronome, only £55 – a digital metronome is great on the road, but you can’t beat a mechanical one at home

    Dec 13: The Greatest Showman for almost every instrument, from £6.50 – the cinematic musical hit of 2018!

    Dec 12: over 20% off the Korg Volca Sample digital synthesiser, was £154.80, now only £119.80 – sample, edit and sequence any sound in your music!

    Dec 11: Treble clef pendants, earrings and cufflinks, from £10.95 – silver-plated jewellery, presented in lined gift boxes

    Dec 10: save up to £700 on a Yamaha B1 Upright Piano, now from £2,599! The perfect first piano, available in black, white and walnut satin

    Dec 9: The Music Diary 2019 – the annual best seller from Boosey & Hawkes, £7.50 – featuring musical birthdays, anniversaries, directories and glossary

    Dec 8: A Star Is Born: Piano, Vocal & Guitar Songbook, £19.95 – nominated for 5 Golden Globes, including Best Song (Shallow)

    Dec 7: £200 off the Casio CDP130 Digital Stage Piano, now only £279! – great entry-level stage piano with weighted keys

    Dec 6: Magnetic Pencils & Pencil Magnets, from £1.99 – never lose your pencil again!

    Dec 5: Mozart Concertos from Manchester Camerata, was £15.40, now only £13.75 – Bavouzet returns with “concertos which make one sweat”

    Dec 4: The essential accessory! Roland Headphones, were £99, now only £87 – high-quality sound, and a light, comfortable, secure fit

    Dec 3: The perfect intro to guitar: Seagull Merlin Dulcimer, £129 – a compact, portable, easy-to-play 4-string acoustic instrument

    Dec 2: Build your own model instrument! Woodcraft Construction Kits, from £3.99 – pre-cut, ready-to-assemble pieces that slot together without glue

    Dec 1: The Faber Music Christmas Piano Anthology (right), £20 – a beautiful, comprehensive volume of seasonal favourites

    To receive gift suggestions such as these by email, plus occasional offers, news, events, products and services from Forsyth, sign up to our mailing list by emailing info@forsyths.co.uk

  • The Forsyths Blog

    November 29, 2018

    Christmas Shopping Weekend! Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 December

    We are combining our annual Christmas Shopping Weekend with Small Business Saturday, the nationwide campaign to encourage all of us to get out on the high street and support the small businesses in our communities.

    Come and join us this weekend for complimentary mulled wine and mince pies, plus special discounts and offers throughout the store, including 10% off everything in our Sheet Music & Musical Gifts Departments.*

    And if you have an instrument on your Wish List, check out our Purchase Finance options, including the Take It Away 0% finance scheme!

    * In-store only. There are a small number of exceptions such as hymn books. Unfortunately, this offer cannot be used online or in conjunction with any other offer.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    November 29, 2018

    Booking now open for workshops with Melanie Spanswick, Susan Bettaney & Amy Wakefield, and Katherine Browning

    Booking has now opened for several brilliant workshops coming up in the next few months:

    Tea and Jam: Performance Workshop with Katherine Browning

    Saturday 8 December 2018, 11am – 1pm | Entry – £15 for players, £10 for observers | Suitable for players of any instrument at any level

    The Tea and Jam Collective brings together amateur and professional musicians – plus those who love hearing live music – for friendly sessions of music-making, with plenty of time to chat over tea! This session will take the form of a workshop with Tea and Jam’s founder Katherine Browning (right). If you’re preparing a piece on any instrument, at any level, you’re welcome to share it with the group and benefit both from the performance practice and from Kat’s experience and advice – particularly useful if you’re preparing for an exam!

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    Free Piano Workshop with Melanie Spanswick, Author of Play it again: PIANO

    Saturday 26 January 2019, 2pm – 4.30pm | Free entry & open to all | Perfect for teachers, parents & students at any level (except complete beginners)

    In this workshop, acclaimed pianist, composer, author and educator Melanie Spanswick will demonstrate the importance of physical flexibility and relaxation, with plenty of exercises, and she will offer tips about how to implement these exercises into a practice routine. She believes that developing a fluent, tension-free technique is crucial when playing the piano. Scales, arpeggios and other technical work will also be included. There will be an opportunity to try these exercises for yourself, as audience participation is encouraged.

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    Free EPTA Piano Duet & Duo Workshop with Susan Bettaney & Amy Wakefield

    Sunday 10 February 2019, 11am - 4pm | Free entry & open to all | Performing places open to pairs of pianists wishing to play either piano duets (four hands, one piano) or duos (two pianos)

    The wonderful Susan Bettaney returns to present her latest free workshop for the European Piano Teachers Association (EPTA), this time with duet partner Amy Wakefield. This workshop will be for pairs of pianists, playing either piano duets or duos, who would like to gain experience of performing in front of a supportive audience – on a fantastic Schimmel grand piano – and to discuss technical and interpretative matters with two highly approachable experts in their field.

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  • The Forsyths Blog

    October 30, 2018

    Events at Forsyth in November, including free ABRSM guitar workshop!

    Next month, we are thrilled to be welcoming Helen Sanderson, Head of Guitar Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, to Forsyth where she will be giving a free workshop for teachers and students on music from the new ABRSM guitar syllabus. We are also looking forward to the next free EPTA piano workshop with the inspiring Susan Bettaney, plus friendly meet-ups for amateur musicians on all instruments.


    Informal concert series for amateur and professional musicians and lovers of live music to meet, play and chat over tea


    Free workshop offering invaluable performing experience for young pianists in front of a supportive audience, with expert advice from Susan Bettaney of the European Piano Teachers Association


    Friendly meet-up group for adult amateur pianists and piano-lovers to play and hear a wide variety of music in a relaxed environment


    Unmissable free opportunity to explore music from the ABRSM’s new guitar syllabus with Helen Sanderson, Head of Guitar Performance at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama

    Helen Sanderson

  • Sheet Music Department

    October 11, 2018

    Join our Sheet Music and Recorded Music Team

    A  post has become available in our sheet music and recorded music department. The deadline for applications will be Friday 26th October and interviews will take place on Wednesday 31st October and Thursday 1st November.

    Further details about the role and how to apply can be found here.

  • Instrument Department

    October 8, 2018

    Join our Instrument Department Sales Staff - Digital Piano Specialist

    We are looking for an enthusiastic musical person to join our sales team. This is a full time position in our Instrument department on the 2nd floor. Ideally you will be a multi instrumentalist familiar with a wide range of instruments with a particular expertise in digital pianos. We are looking for an experienced salesperson who has served customers in a retail environment with demonstrable achievement selling high value items - musical instruments or otherwise.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    September 1, 2018

    Forsyth Sponsors Chetham’s International Summer School

    For the 11th year, Forsyth is proud to have sponsored the Chetham’s International Summer School and Festival for Pianists (17-29 August). The prestigious annual Summer School is Europe’s largest such event devoted exclusively to the piano and incorporates the International Piano Series of public concerts at the Stoller Hall, which this year featured solo recitals and concerto evenings with such luminaries as Einar-Steen Nøkleberg, Leon McCawley, Ronald Brautigam and Martin Roscoe.

    We provided over £500,000’s worth of pianos for concerts, masterclasses, teaching and practice – 20 top-quality instruments by Schimmel, Yamaha and Kawai, from uprights to concert grands! – as well as an extensive pop-up shop of sheet music, recordings, accessories and gifts in the school’s Oglesby Atrium.

    Back at our premises on Deansgate, we also took summer school participants and members of the public on behind-the-scenes tours of our piano workshops with exclusive access to our private collection of historical keyboard instruments. Our guests were treated to two-hour tours explaining the history of piano-making, the principles of modern piano design and construction as well as piano maintenance and repair.


  • The Forsyths Blog

    August 26, 2018

    Events at Forsyth, including Leeds Piano Competition Showcase!

    Join us over the next three weeks for some exciting in-store events, including an unmissable free performance by four competitors of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition, friendly meet-ups for amateur performers on all instruments, and a behind-the-scenes tour of our workshops and historical instrument collection!

    The Leeds


    Wednesday 29 August, 1pm – 2pm

    Free tour including access to Forsyth’s private collection of historical keyboard instruments!


    Saturday 1 September, 11am – 1pm

    The first in a new series of events bringing musicians together to play and chat over tea


    Saturday 8 September, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

    The regular Meetup group for pianists and piano-lovers to share music in a friendly setting


    Saturday 15 September, 11.30am – 1.30pm

    An amazing opportunity to hear four of the competitors perform at Forsyth for free!