• 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!


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    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!


  • The Forsyths Blog

    April 27, 2019

    A wonderful workshop with the authors of Piano Safari!

    What a wonderful workshop today (Saturday 27 April 2019) from the authors of the innovative Piano Safari series, Katherine Fisher and Julie Knerr Hague! In a crowded market, they’ve created something genuinely unique – a fresh, fun but absolutely thorough method that combines learning both by rote and by reading for maximum engagement and enjoyment, with online videos to help parents encourage learners at home. Browse the series for yourself here!

    We were very grateful to Katherine and Julie for joining us all the way from the USA; to Andrew Higgins of Alfred Music UK, who distribute their publications in Europe, for the generous complimentary teacher packs; and to the piano teachers who braved the elements, contributed their thoughts and questions, and even volunteered during demonstrations!

    Join us at our next free piano teacher workshop, exploring the revised Adult Piano Adventures series, on Saturday 1 June, and receive a free teacher pack plus a special on-the-day 15% discount on Piano Adventures titles: click here for details and booking information!

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  • The Forsyths Blog

    April 19, 2019

    BBC Proms 2019 Festival Guide out now! Plus Easter Opening Times

    BBC Proms 2019The beautifully-produced, full-colour official guide to the BBC Proms 2019 is out now and available in-store, by phone (0161 834 3281, ext. 204) and online here, so you won’t miss a thing: 180 pages of listings and in-depth articles to help you to plan your summer of music!

    Meanwhile, here are our seasonal opening times for the Easter weekend:

    Friday 19 April: 11am – 5pm

    Saturday 20 April: 9am – 5.30pm

    Sunday 21 April: CLOSED

    Monday 22 April: CLOSED

    Tuesday 23 April: 9am – 5.30pm


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