• The Forsyths Blog

    July 22, 2021

    Evening Recitals at Forsyth in July & August

    Whether or not the glorious weather holds, we can guarantee you some glorious evenings of music at Forsyth this summer!

    First up on Friday 23 July is incredible 13-year-old pianist Riccardo, fundraising for music charity AYM. And in August we welcome brilliant American pianist Edward Leung and the wonderful piano duettists Amy Wakefield and Susan Bettaney. Read on for more details, and get in touch to reserve your places!

    Advanced booking required: [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 204

    All concerts are free, take place in our newly-refurbished, first-floor piano showroom and last an hour, starting at 6.30pm, with doors open from 6pm.

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    RICCARDO S. (PIANO & HARP)

    Charity Concert Supporting AYM: Awards for Young Musicians

    Friday 23 July, 6.30pm

    We’re really looking forward to hearing 13-year-old Riccardo perform Beethoven’s Pathétique sonata, Chopin’s Variations brillantes, and much more on both piano and harp – join us if you can!

    If you can’t make it but would still like to support this fantastic charity’s work, you can contribute to Riccardo’s fundraising page, which is now live on Virgin Money Giving!

    Riccardo says: “I am very honoured and excited to do this concert in aid of AYM, which is a charity that helps in very many ways young musicians who come from low-income families. In my opinion, this is very important as it gives the opportunity to talented young children to study music, an opportunity that they might not have had otherwise.”

    >>> Read More!

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    EDWARD LEUNG (PIANO)

    Friday 6 August, 6.30pm

    After seeing Edward’s concert for Live Music Now live-streamed from Forsyth during lockdown, we’re excited for you to be able to hear him live in person, performing Liszt ahead of his participation in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition in September!

    >>> Read More!

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    AMY WAKEFIELD & SUSAN BETTANEY (PIANO DUET)

    Saturday 28 August, 6.30pm

    The wonderful Amy and Susan, who regularly give masterclasses here at Forsyth, return with a fabulous summer programme featuring works for two players on one piano by Chopin, Philip Lane, Kuhlau and Richard Rodney Bennett.

    >>> Read More!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 22, 2021

    Videos from our last recital and details of our next!

    We were thrilled to return to live in-store performances on Friday 18 June with a recital from concert pianist Matthew McLachlan!

    This was the first of our series of socially-distanced evening recitals in our newly-refurbished piano showroom, and an audience of over 70 people scattered among the pianos were treated to an enthralling performance of Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.

    One audience member, pianist, teacher and writer Rory Dowse, was quick off the mark and posted a glowing review the next day!

    If you couldn’t make it, you can watch portions of the concert on Facebook (below) and Instagram!

    We hope you can join us for our next recital on 2 July! Read on for more details…

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    NEXT RECITAL: DANIEL ROPOTA (PIANO) PLAYS CHOPIN, GUBAIDULINA, LYADOV & PROKOFIEV

    A free socially-distanced evening recital in the Forsyth piano showroom!

    Friday 2 July 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

    Doors open at 6pm: please arrive early so everyone can be safely seated in time!

    FREE ENTRY! Advanced booking required: [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 204

    We are delighted to welcome the brilliant Romanian pianist Daniel Ropota back to Forsyth for an evening recital in our newly-refurbished first floor piano showroom! Daniel last performed here in May 2019, giving a fantastic lunchtime concert ahead of his undergraduate final recital at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is now in the final year of his Master’s at RNCM on an ABRSM EU Postgraduate Scholarship, and his numerous successes at international competitions have already earned him special recognition from his home city of Iași.

    This will be the second of our series of evening recitals in the beautiful acoustics of our vast piano showroom. As before, audience members will be asked to spread out throughout the showroom. Those able to stand may wish to do so for a better view, but piano stools will be available for everyone who wants one, and anyone who needs a seat is encouraged to inform us when booking so we can reserve one for them nearer the piano.

    PROGRAMME

    Frédéric Chopin, Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23 (1835)

    Sofia Gubaidulina, Chaconne (1963)

    Anatoly Lyadov, Prelude in B minor Op. 11 No. 1 (1885)

    Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major Op. 83 (1942)

    >>> Read more!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 12, 2021

    Join the Piano Sales Team!

    We have a rare and exciting opportunity to join our expert acoustic piano sales team.

    Forsyth has a national reputation as a high quality piano specialist. We stock a wide range of pianos both new and second hand representing the best value available in different price ranges. We are looking for a salesperson, who can play the piano, to join the expert team. The successful candidate will be joining a leading sales team, working in a fast-paced environment selling with integrity a wide range of pianos from world class concert grands to pre-owned upright pianos. Prior knowledge of pianos and sales of high value items would be an advantage. You will be joining a team with an in-depth knowledge and appreciation of pianos who would be able to educate and inform about the instrument’s design and manufacture and their many and varied musical qualities.

    Forsyth provides excellent opportunities for future career development. We are seeking someone who possesses strong communication skills, has a hunger and a drive for sales (preferably with a proven retail background), can work as part of a team, and has a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude.

    To read more about this role and how to apply click here.


  • The Forsyths Blog

    June 7, 2021

    Live music returns to Forsyth on 18 June with evening recital by Matthew McLachlan!

    MATTHEW McLACHLAN (PIANO) PLAYS CHOPIN, PROKOFIEV & SCRIABIN

    A free socially-distanced evening recital in the Forsyth piano showroom!

    Friday 18 June 2021, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

    FREE ENTRY! Advanced booking required: [email protected] | 0161 834 3281, ext. 204

    We are thrilled to be returning to live in-store performances with a recital from concert pianist Matthew McLachlan! A former student of the Chetham’s School of Music here in Manchester, Matthew is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London and is already a seasoned artist with numerous awards, solo recitals and concerto performances throughout Europe to his name.

    This is a wonderful and hitherto rare opportunity to hear a brilliant young artist perform in the beautiful acoustics of our vast piano showroom. This space has been little-used for concerts in recent years as the sheer number of pianos on display makes it impossible to accommodate a traditional audience seated close together. But the size and layout of the room actually make it ideal for a socially-distanced performance!

    Audience members will be asked to spread out throughout the room, so we can’t guarantee everyone a good view, but it will certainly be a great sound! Those able to stand may wish to do so for a better view, but piano stools will be available for everyone who wants one, and anyone who needs a seat is encouraged to inform us when booking so we can reserve one for them nearer the piano.

    Returning customers will see that we are part-way through a series of refurbishments to our piano showroom, with the work completed so far including newly carpeted and decorated stairs between the ground and second floors, and beautiful strand-woven bamboo flooring throughout the first floor piano showroom – see photo on our Events page!

    PROGRAMME

    (approximately 1 hour)

    Frédéric Chopin, Fantaisie in F minor Op. 49 (1841)

    Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Sonata No. 5 in C Major Op. 38 (1923)

    Alexander Scriabin, 24 Preludes Op. 11 (1888–96)

    Click here for more information on our Events page!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    May 18, 2021

    Join the Forsyth Accounts team

    We are looking for a new person to join our accounts team here at Forsyths. It is a rewarding role based in the heart of the business. This part-time position (25 hours per week Monday-Friday) is suitable for a numerate individual, preferably with accounts (Sales Ledger) experience and an interest in music. We are flexible employer and are willing to try and fit around other commitments such as childcare to make the role work.

    To find out more click here.

    Deadline Monday 31st May 2021



  • The Forsyths Blog

    April 1, 2021

    Spring Releases!

    Faber Contemporary

    Refresh your repertoire with new music by Taylor Swift, Ian Higginson and Nikki Iles, plus an invaluable resource for diploma candidates, and a stunning contemporary music collection from Faber!

    Nikki Iles & Friends: Jazz Pieces for PianoBook 1 – £12.95 | Book 2 – £13.95

    Out today! The popular and award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles commissioned this wide-ranging collection of new compositions and arrangements of classic songs to “reflect the breadth of jazz from its African American roots, through fusions with folk, classical and world music”. Book 1 is ideal for pianists of about Grades 4-6 standard, and Book 2 for those at Grades 6-8.

    The Faber Music Contemporary Piano Anthology – £20

    As beautifully-presented as the preceding collections in Faber’s series of piano anthologies, this excellent value 192-page collection offers 52 pieces, many of them never published before, including music from Aphex Twin, Einaudi, Enya, Philip Glass, Imogen Heap, Jóhann Jóhansson, Max Richter, Yann Tiersen and Nobuo Uematsu – all bound inside a striking reproduction of a Jackson Pollock!

    A Recital Anthology (ATCL) – £28

    Following the format of the Grade 8 Piano Anthology released every two years by Edition Peters for the ABRSM syllabus, Trinity have for the first time produced an anthology of 21 pieces selected from their ATCL diploma syllabus, edited with performance notes by acclaimed pianist Steven Osborne. Candidates can create a programme from this volume alone, and non-candidates too will enjoy both the stylistic scope and Osborne’s expert insights.

    Taylor Swift Evermore

    Taylor Swift: Folklore & Evermore £16.99 - £19.99

    Awarded Album of the Year at the 2021 Grammy Awards, Folklore was the first of Swift’s two surprise releases of 2020, both written and recorded since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and both reaching No. 1 in the US and UK. Now Folklore and its “sister record” Evermore are available in attractive sheet music albums, in versions for piano, voice and guitar, and for easy piano.

    Ian Higginson: Piano Sound Colours, Vol. 1 – £15

    Forsyth is delighted to distribute the music of British composer Ian Higginson, whose extensive catalogue of choral music – “expertly crafted, imaginative, practical”, according to John Rutter – is already popular with choirs around the world. This is his first album of solo piano pieces, largely written during lockdown, and one of them has already been featured in the January/February issue of International Piano magazine!

    To discuss these or any other publications speak to our Sheet Music specialists on 0161 834 3281, option 1


  • The Forsyths Blog

    March 8, 2021

    Operating during National Lockdown #3



    We contine to staff our premises with a ’skeleton’ staff 6 days a week (Monday - Saturday) during the National Lockdown #3 and several staff working from home. This in affect is therefore a continuation of the  Tier 4 restrictions from Thursday 31st December 2020.

    We are closed to customers, We will, however, remain open to help you and provide our services ‘mail-order’ over the phone, email and via our website.

    We are planning to reopen as soon as Covid-19 National Lockdown restrictions are lifted - which is currently scheduled for Monday 12th April.

    To read more on how we will operate click here.

    Initially in lockdown #3 we decided to suspend our piano tuning service given the continued rise in infection rates across the region. We had not been required to do so, but felt this is in the best interests and  safety of our staff and customers. Now that infection levels have decreased significantly and we have had many enquiries from customers about when we will resume our service we have restarted tuning in customers homes (from 8th March 2021). If you would like to book in or have any queries about piano tuning and repair please contact Natalie on 0161 834 3281 ext 5.

    Our guitar tech Danny will continue to work during this period as will Pete our woodwind and brass repairer so please phone to book in a service/repair (0161 834 3281 ext 4)

    Our opening hours for help over the phone or ‘click and collect’ will be Monday to Saturday 10am -5.30pm. We will remain closed on Sundays.

    During these hours, you can talk to our friendly staff by phone and email, collect your orders and/or drop off and collect your guitar repairs:

    0161 834 3281

    1 for printed music and musical gifts | [email protected]

    2 for recorded music | [email protected]

    3 for acoustic pianos | [email protected]

    4 for guitars, digital pianos, and all other instruments and accessories | [email protected]

    5 for piano tuning and repairs | [email protected]

    6 for all other enquiries | [email protected]



  • Piano Department

    March 6, 2021

    Beautifully restored pianos to last another 100 years

    Here at Forsyths we pride ourselves in having a wide selection of pianos available from a range of makers offering something a little different and special as well as the tried and tested modern day ‘best sellers’. We always like to have some fully rebuilt pianos on offer that are both a beautiful piece of furniture as well as a superb musical instrument. We are in the final stages of restoring one such fine piano - this Steinway Model A in rosewood dating from 1898.

    Steinway Model A in hand French polished rosewood - elephant leg casing

    Steinway Model A in hand French polished rosewood - elephant leg casing

    Our French polisher has been painstakingly restoring the casework to its former glory.

    In the second picture you can see the piano pre-restoration. We have had to rebuild the bottom of the ‘elephant’ legs to how Steinway originally intended with the castors hidden beneath. The faded rosewood has been returned to its true glory.

    Steinway Model A pre-restoration at Forsyth music shop

    Steinway Model A pre-restoration at Forsyth music shop

    Please do get in contact if you are interested in this piano or something similar - we often have pianos waiting to be restored that may not yet have made it to our website. We can also help source appropriate pianos if you have a specific make or style in mind. You can see a selection of our antique restored pianos here. Otherwise please do give us a call to discuss your needs on 0161 519 1996.