• Sheet Music Department

    January 17, 2019

    A much-needed piano method for intermediate and advanced players!

    Ahead of our free workshop with acclaimed pianist, composer, author and educator Melanie Spanswick on Saturday 26 January, we take a closer look at her new series of books, Play it again: PIANO. While it is primarily aimed at those who are returning to the piano after a break, it is also a perfect course for intermediate and advanced pianists, who have had to make do without modern, structured method books until now…

    FORSYTH RECOMMENDS… Play it again: PIANO by Melanie Spanswick

    Book 1: Grade 1 – Grade 4 (£14.99) | Book 2: Grade 5 – Grade 8 (£14.99)

    Not just “the perfect way to rediscover the piano”, but also a much-needed, structured course for the intermediate and advanced pianist, for use either with or without a teacher.

    With so much modern piano tuition material available at the elementary levels, teachers and learners have often been surprised at the lack of similar publications for more developed pianists. Although an experienced teacher can guide a student through a suitable selection of repertoire and studies gathered from various publications, many would still prefer to work through a single curated course – and for the self-learner the need for such method books has gone unfulfilled until now.

    Melanie Spanswick’s new Play it again: PIANO offers a careful selection of 49 pieces, printed in progressive order from Grade 1 to Grade 8, each making different technical and musical demands, which the author discusses in her detailed accompanying texts. For each piece, she offers guidance on suitable warm-ups and the most effective practice techniques, including tailor-made exercises, as well as advice on interpretation.

    Those returning to the piano after a break may wish to refresh their technique by working through Book 1, while players who are already in practice could choose to begin with either Book 1 or Book 2. A third book, due for release in March, will offer continuing support for players from Grade 8 up to Diploma level.

    You can see sample pages from Books 1 and 2 on our website!

    And teachers, parents and learners who would like to work on their technique with the author in person can sign up for the Piano Workshop with Melanie Spanswick at Forsyth on Saturday 26 January! Book now via events@forsyths.co.uk or 0161 834 3281, ext. 204.

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 31, 2018


    Browse in-store and online for fantastic deals on instruments, and get 10% off in-store when you spend £20 in our Sheet Music, Recordings and Musical Gifts departments (exclusions apply).

    Plus most of our new pianos are reduced and many are available in-store at better-than-Internet prices! To check for the latest prices, please call our piano specialists on 0161 834 3281, ext. 604.

    Here’s a reminder of our New Year Opening Times:

    Monday 31 December: 9am – 4.30pm
    Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED
    Wednesday 2 January: 9am – 5.30pm

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 29, 2018

    Events in January, including FREE Piano Workshop with Melanie Spanswick!

    January is a busy month for us! As well as welcoming back our regular meet-up groups Let’s Play the Piano! and Tea and Jam, we are thrilled to be joined by pianist, composer, author and educator Melanie Spanswick for a very special event for piano teachers, parents and students. Plus we are looking forward to returning to the Royal Northern College of Music’s fantastic Strings Festival with our pop-up shop.

    Find out more about these exciting events using the links below and join us if you can!

    Melanie SpanswickSAT 5 JAN – TEA and JAM
    Informal concert series for amateur and professional musicians and lovers of live music to meet, play and chat over tea

    The ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC’s prestigious annual celebration of bowed strings, guitar and harp: browse our extensive ranges of sheet music, instruments and accessories in the public Exhibition!

    SAT 12 JAN – LET’S PLAY the PIANO!
    Friendly meet-up group for adult amateur pianists and piano-lovers to play and hear a wide variety of music in a relaxed environment

    The acclaimed author of PLAY IT AGAIN: PIANO will help you develop a fluent, flexible, tension-free technique: perfect for teachers, parents and students (any level except complete beginners)

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 24, 2018

    Merry Christmas! – and our Seasonal Opening Times

    MERRY CHRISTMAS from all of us at Forsyth!

    It may be Christmas Eve but it’s not too late to pick up gifts for musicians and music-lovers: we’re here to help you out from 9am until 3pm today!

    You can also still send your family and friends our digital gift vouchers! Vouchers are available online in the following denominations: £5, £10, £15, £20, £25, £50, £75 and £100. We can email the vouchers to you or directly to the recipients: to be sure that the vouchers are received before Christmas, please place your orders by 1pm today (24 December 2018).

    Forsyth Voucher

    Vouchers are also available in-store in any value. Vouchers bought in-store are presented in a card featuring a reproduction of this brilliant oil painting of our shop window by Stephen Campbell (right).

    After Christmas, we’ll be back on Thursday 27 December but, meanwhile, we’re always open online!

    Here are our Seasonal Opening Times in full:

    Monday 24 December: 9am – 3pm
    Tuesday 25 December: CLOSED
    Wednesday 26 December: CLOSED
    Thursday 27 December: 9am – 5.30pm
    Friday 28 December: 9am – 5.30pm
    Saturday 29 December: 9am – 5.30pm
    Sunday 30 December: 11am – 5pm
    Monday 31 December: 9am – 4.30pm
    Tuesday 1 January: CLOSED
    Wednesday 2 January: 9am – 5.30pm

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 24, 2018

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

    Guitar Strap

    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!

    Here is the list so far…

    Dec 24: Manchester Bee Guitar Strap (right), designed at Forsyth, £45, of which £5 goes to Musicians Against Homelessness

    Dec 23: Handel and Mozart Oven Gloves, only £12.95 – for musical cooks who need to protect their fingers!

    Dec 22: Vinyl Highlights: ColtranePerahia: BeethovenSpalding: JunjoTchaikovsky: Nutcracker (right) and Buena Vista Social Club

    Dec 21: last-minute digital Gift Vouchers for £5, £10, £15, £20, £25, £50, £75 and £100 – redeemable in-store, by phone and online

    Dec 20: Mozart & Beethoven Bears, from £8.90 – sit them on the piano or in the Christmas tree!

    Dec 19: the unusual semicircular Fender Amp Mug, only £14.99 – officially-licensed Fender product perfect for guitarists and lovers of rock-and-roll

    Nutcracker LPDec 18: delicious Belgian chocolate pianos, only £5.99 – the perfect stocking-filler for a pianist or end-of-term gift for a teacher or student

    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, 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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    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