• 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!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    July 6, 2019

    Utopolis: Manchester International Festival at Forsyth!

    UtopolisWe’re proud to have been invited to be part of MIF19 as one of the host locations for Rimini Protokoll’s Utopolis Manchester!

    The project offers a fascinating insight into our city, a journey of discovery in which participants explore a variety of unique venues throughout Manchester, including Forsyth, from a new perspective:

    “Utopolis Manchester is a visionary site-specific work that uses intricate tapestries of sound and voices to transform our view of the city. Gathering in dozens of small groups at multiple locations, we’ll head out to explore the people and places that shape Manchester’s daily life – and discover the many ways in which citizens build communities, society and democracy.”

    Utopolis Manchester runs from Wednesday 10 July to Saturday 13 July 2019.

    Click here to read more on our Events pages!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    July 2, 2019

    Free Piano Workshops with Tim Richards & Melanie Spanswick!

    We are pleased to invite you to join us for two fantastic free piano workshops this summer!

    If you and your students are classical pianists who want to get into jazz, we have just the thing: a free workshop with Tim Richards, author of the award-winning Exploring Jazz Piano!

    And, following her inspiring workshop here at Forsyth in January, we are delighted to announce that Melanie Spanswick will return to give a further workshop at the end of August. After her last visit, one participant wrote to ‘Pianist’ magazine: “what a treat it was! Nobody was disappointed and any reader who gets the opportunity should go to one of those workshops. We can’t wait for her to return!”

    Tim Richards

    Getting into Jazz, Blues and Improvisation

    with Tim Richards

    author of Exploring Jazz Piano

    at Forsyth, Sunday 21 July, 2pm – 4pm

    Particularly suitable for piano teachers
    but also open to intermediate and advanced pianists (approx. Grade 4-5 and above)

    >>> Click here for bookings and further information!

    Melanie Spanswick

    Developing essential tension-free technique

    with Melanie Spanswick

    author of Play it again: PIANO

    Saturday 31 August, 2pm – 4.30pm

    Perfect for teachers and pianists at any level
    (except complete beginners)

    >>> Click here for bookings and further information!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 25, 2019

    Join the Forsyth team! - 2x weekend jobs

    We’re recruiting for two enthusiastic musical people to join the Forsyth sales team in our Instrument Department. Further details can be found on our jobs page here

    Deadline for applications in Tuesday 9th July.


    Music Job Vacancy in Manchester

    Music Job Vacancy in Manchester




  • Sheet Music Department

    June 4, 2019

    Forthcoming charity lunchtime recitals at Forsyth, plus Piano Adventures with Philippa Topham

    We’re delighted to tell you about two fantastic charity lunchtime recitals coming up at Forsyth next week!

    On Tuesday 11 June (12.30pm), pianist Fiona Morganhauser plays a very personal selection of works by Bach, Chopin, Brahms and Debussy in memory of her mother Kathryn Whelpton, with a retiring collection for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. For more information and bookings, click here!

    On Friday 14 June (12.30pm), Alex Winkcup plays a fusion of classical and jazz piano styles, including Earl Wild’s spectacular Gershwin arrangements, with a retiring collection for the Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports LGBTQ+ people at risk of homelessness. For more information and bookings, click here!

    We’re also pleased to bring you pictures from last weekend’s wonderful piano teacher workshop with Philippa Topham and Adult Piano Adventures (Saturday 1 June) – read more about it here!