• The Forsyths Blog

    February 20, 2019

    FREE MUSIC LESSONS on LEARN TO PLAY DAY! – & other events in March

    March sees the return of the hugely popular Learn to Play Day: at last year’s event we gave away 180 free music lessons on over 20 instruments in just one weekend, and this year we plan to offer even more! We are also delighted to welcome back the meetup group Let’s Play the Piano! and to return to the Royal Northern College of Music for their annual Chamber Music Festival

    LET’S PLAY THE PIANO!

    SAT 9 MAR | 2.30pm – 4.30pm | In-store event

    Friendly meet-up group for adult amateur pianists and piano-lovers to play and hear a wide variety of music in a relaxed environment: everything from Bach to Gershwin to The Greatest Showman!

    RNCM CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2019

    FRI 15 – SUN 17 MAR | Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD

    The RNCMs prestigious annual celebration of chamber music, which this year explores Haydn’s innovations and his influence on later composers. Browse our extensive ranges of sheet music, instruments, accessories and gifts in the public Exhibition!

    LEARN TO PLAY DAY: FREE MUSIC LESSONS!

    SAT 23 – SUN 24 MAR | Sat:  9.30am – 5.30pm | Sun: 11.30am – 5pm | In-store event

    Open to all! If you’ve always wanted to play an instrument but never had the chance, or if your children are trying to decide on an instrument to take up at school, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy friendly, expert taster lessons for free! All agesno experience necessary, instruments provided.

    Book now for piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, balalaika, and all the major woodwind, brass and string instruments, including harp: 0161 834 3281 (extension 204) or learntoplay@forsyths.co.uk.


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    February 2, 2019

    Join the Forsyth Accounts Team

    Forsyths, the long established music shop in central Manchester, requires an enthusiastic, reliable and trustworthy person to join its accounts team. The position is full time (5 days per week) permanent position. It would require working on alternate Saturdays and on a rota system for Sundays. The principle responsibility of this post will be for the purchase ledger however there are other accounts team joint responsibilities that are shared within the team of three. Whilst not essential an interest in music and musical instruments would be an advantage.

    For a detailed job description and the requirements for the role please visit our jobs page

    Deadline 1 March 2019


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    January 31, 2019

    An EPTA PIANO WORKSHOP with a twist & the first MANCHESTER VOCAL WEEKEND at Chetham’s

    In February we have a rare opportunity for pairs of pianists to work on a piece with two specialists in the field, Susan Bettaney and Amy Wakefield of the European Piano Teachers Association, while the next stop for our pop-up shop is the inaugural Manchester Vocal Weekend at Chetham’s School of Music!

    Plus check out photos of January’s events here, including an inspiring workshop on piano technique with Melanie Spanswick, the busiest ever session of Let’s Play the Piano! and our visits to the RNCM Strings Festival and Craig Ogden’s Guitar Weekend at the Bridgewater Hall…

    EVENTS DIARY: FEBRUARY 2019

    EPTASUN 10 FEB – FREE EPTA PIANO DUET and DUO WORKSHOP at FORSYTH

    Join us for a special workshop for pairs of pianists, playing either piano duets (four hands, one piano) or duos (two pianos).

    Gain experience of performing in front of a supportive audience – on a fantastic Schimmel grand piano – and benefit from the vast experience and helpful advice of Susan Bettaney (seen below, warming up both players and audience at an EPTA workshop at Forsyth last year) and Amy Wakefield of the European Piano Teachers Association!

    Chetham'sSAT 23 & SUN 24 FEB – MANCHESTER VOCAL WEEKEND at CHETHAM’s

    We are very excited to be involved in the very first Manchester Vocal Weekend: two days of workshops, masterclasses and recitals with Marcus Farnsworth (baritone), Ruby Hughes (soprano) and Joseph Middleton (piano) at Chetham’s School of Music. Participants will enjoy a 10% discount at our pop-up shop of vocal and choral sheet music, recordings, accessories and gifts! Anyone involved in Come and Sing: Haydn’s Nelson Mass can also get 15% off the New Novello Choral Edition at Forsyth from now until 24 February!

    EPTA May 2018 Manchester Vocal Weekend


  • 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

    JANUARY SALE NOW ON!

    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

    SAT 12 & SUN 13 JAN – RNCM STRINGS FESTIVAL
    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

    SAT 26 JAN – FREE PIANO WORKSHOP with MELANIE SPANSWICK
    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