• The Forsyths Blog

    January 19, 2020

    Book your ABRSM music exams at Forsyth!

    Exam Room

    When booking your ABRSM instrumental and singing exams, it is now possible to specify Forsyth as your exam venue so you can take advantage of our excellent pianos and familiar surroundings!

    This month, ABRSM launched its new online exam booking service, which for the first time allows candidates, parents and teachers to choose their exam date and venue.

    We are next hosting ABRSM exams on Saturdays 14, 21 & 28 March, and 4 April 2020. For more information on exam bookings, see ABRSM’s website.

    Here at Forsyth, you can also book practice sessions in the exam room (right) so that, when you take your exam, you feel comfortable in the room and with the superb Schimmel International I212 Recital Grand Piano!

    The exam room is available during our normal opening hours for £18 per hour, or £16 per hour when booking four hours or more (not necessarily in a single session). To make a booking, please contact our Piano department on 0161 834 3281, ext. 604, or via pianos@forsyths.co.uk.

    For more information on ABRSM exams at Forsyth, please see our Events page!

  • The Forsyths Blog

    January 18, 2020

    Work for Forsyth! – Opportunities in our Accounts, Instruments & Sheet Music departments

    Jobs 2020 JanWe are delighted to announce three opportunities for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and historic family-run business – the largest general music shop in the UK and the oldest independent business in Manchester!

    The part-time position in our Accounts department – about 25 hours per week – would be particularly suitable for a parent with school-age children as it would allow for flexible working, Monday to Friday, during normal school hours.

    The weekend positions in our Instruments and Sheet Music departments are ideal for musicians who, alongside a sales role, would like to offer lessons on piano, guitar or woodwind as we grow our in-house teaching provision.

    For more information on each of the available positions, please click on the links below:

    Part-time Accounts Assistant, c. 5 hours per day – Monday to Friday

    Sheet Music Sales Advisor & Piano/Guitar Teacher – Weekends

    Musical Instruments Sales Assistant & Teacher – Weekends

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 28, 2019

    JANUARY SALE NOW ON! & New Year opening times

    * * *


    IN-STORE & ONLINE: Browse online SALE items here!

    * * *

    Save up to 45% on Yamaha acoustic pianos!

    Many pianos available in-store at better-than-Internet prices! To check for the latest prices, please call our piano specialists: 0161 834 3281, ext. 604

    * * *

    Fantastic deals on dozens of other instruments!

    * * *

    Plus £5 off when you spend over £30 in our Sheet Music, Recordings and Musical Gifts Departments

    (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.)

    * * *


    Sunday 29 December: 11am – 5pm

    Monday 30 December: 9am – 5.30pm

    Tuesday 31 December: 9am – 4.30pm

    Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED

    Thursday 2 January: 9am – 5.30pm

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 24, 2019

    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 4pm today!

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

    Here are our Seasonal Opening Times in full:

    Tuesday 24 December: 9am – 4pm
    Wednesday 25 December: CLOSED
    Thursday 26 December: CLOSED
    Friday 27 December: 9am – 5.30pm
    Saturday 28 December: 9am – 5.30pm
    Sunday 29 December: 11am – 5pm
    Monday 30 December: 9am – 5.30pm
    Tuesday 31 December: 9am – 4.30pm
    Wednesday 1 January: CLOSED
    Thursday 2 January: 9am – 5.30pm

  • The Forsyths Blog

    December 24, 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 24: Sheeran by Lowden – Finally, the long-awaited acoustic guitars from Ed Sheeran and George Lowden have been released, just in time for Christmas! – From only £595!

    Dec 23: Last-minute digital gift vouchers! – Redeemable in-store, by phone and online, and available online in the following denominations: £5, £10, £15, £20, £25, £50, £75 and £100

    Dec 22: 20% OFF Yamaha YDPS54 Digital Piano – A compact digital piano reproducing the touch of an acoustic grand piano – SAVE £261! | RRP £1,130 | NOW ONLY £869!

    Dec 21: Musical Dominoes – One of our favourite musical gifts and a fun twist on traditional dominoes! – £20

    Dec 20: 15% OFF Banjo-Ukulele by The Magic Fluke Company! – American-made banjolele with loud and complex sound! – SAVE £40! | RRP £259 | NOW ONLY £219!

    Dec 19: ‘Too Hot to Handel’ Apron & Oven Gloves and Mozart Apron & Oven Gloves – Protecting both clothes and musical fingers in the kitchen this Christmas – £12.99 each

    Dec 18:  Antique Kirkman Upright Piano with new Wilhelm Schimmel inside – A gorgeous MUST-SEE piano with 1874 walnut casework! – £18,950

    Dec 17: The Music Diary 2020 – The annual best-seller from Boosey & Hawkes, available in black, red and green£7.99

    Dec 16: Yamaha PSS-A50 Keyboard – Small, portable keyboard ideal for enabling creativity on the move and for encouraging it in the young! – SAVE 12.5%! | RRP £102 | Now only £89!

    Dec 15: Chopin Liszt Note Board, including the ever-popular ‘Chopin Liszt’ shopping list pad£12.99

    Dec 14: Mahalo Coloured Soprano Ukulele – An affordable and appealing first instrument for children and adults alike – only £25!

    Dec 13: Musical Timberkits – Build your own moving mechanical pianist, guitarist, bassist or drummer, turn the handle and watch them move! – from £21.99

    Dec 12: Stentor Student II Violin Outfit – Recommended by teachers and music services for its quality and reliability as a beginner’s first instrument – only £185!

    Dec 11: Musical Glasses Case – Smart white glasses case reproducing a manuscript extract from Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor – £4.99

    Dec 10: Casio CDP-S100 Digital Stage Piano – The world’s smallest, full-sized digital stage piano, with sustain pedal, AC adaptor, and a 13-hour battery life! – SAVE £70! | RRP £399 | Now only £329!

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

    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


    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!


    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!


    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!


    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!


    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