• 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!


  • 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.


  • Sheet Music Department

    October 11, 2018

    Join our Sheet Music and Recorded Music Team

    A  post has become available in our sheet music and recorded music department. The deadline for applications will be Friday 26th October and interviews will take place on Wednesday 31st October and Thursday 1st November.

    Further details about the role and how to apply can be found here.


  • Sheet Music Department

    June 26, 2018

    Inspiring Trinity Piano Workshop for Teachers & Pupils

    We had a brilliant workshop at the weekend (23 June) with John Human and Peter Buckby of Trinity College London.

    They offered their insights into teaching and learning from Trinity’s new Piano 2018-2020 syllabus, with demonstrations, performances and training on pieces – including the option for candidates to play their own compositions – plus technical work and supporting tests.

    Our thanks to John, Peter and Trinity, and to everyone who attended: it’s great when members of the audience actively participate in discussions as you did, and several even volunteered to perform the featured pieces, often from sight!

    You can browse the new books of Trinity Piano Exam Pieces and supporting publications (scales, sight-reading, aural, etc.) here.

    If you would like to join us for future events, keep an eye on our Events pages or sign up to our newsletters at the bottom of this page!

    TCL workshop


  • Sheet Music Department

    April 9, 2018

    Special pre-order offer on ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces 2019-2020!

    Get 15% off when you spend £30 or more on titles from the ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces 2019-2020 series in one transaction!

    These new titles - comprising individual volumes for Grades 1-8, with or without CD, and the accompanying book of Teaching Notes - will be available from 7 June 2018 and valid for examinations from 1 January 2019.

    Pre-order them from us now to take advantage of this fantastic pre-order discount and you will receive them as soon as they are published!

    For more information, select any of the volumes from the 2019-2020 series here.


  • Sheet Music Department

    April 19, 2017

    “Let’s Play The Piano!” comes to Forsyth on Saturday 29 April!

    LET’S PLAY THE PIANO!

    – MANCHESTER

    with Ben Richards

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    Hosted by Forsyth

    Saturday 29 April 2017

    11.30am – 1.30pm

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    We are delighted to be welcoming Ben Richards and his Meetup group Let’s Play The Piano! to Forsyth for the next in their popular series of events, which provide invaluable opportunities for adult pianists to perform – and for music-lovers to hear – a wide variety of music in a friendly, supportive environment.

    This will be the group’s first session at Forsyth but they are set to be regular guests with events here every couple of months. If you would like to be involved now or in the future, whether as a performer or a member of the audience, you can read more about the group and this event on our Events page.


  • Sheet Music Department

    March 21, 2017

    Mike Jackson has us playing ukulele in 40 minutes!

    We were excited to welcome Mike Jackson - author of the Uke’n Play Ukulele series and one of the most popular Australian children’s entertainers and music educators - for a very special free ukulele workshop on Sunday 19 March, in which he had an enthusiastic capacity crowd of all ages from 4 to ‘mature’ playing along with him in only 40 minutes!

    If you missed it but would like to join us for future events, please contact us on 0161 834 3281 or info@forsyths.co.uk to sign up to our mailing list.


  • Sheet Music Department

    March 7, 2017

    Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins inspire us to improvise at our latest workshop

    We are very grateful to Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins for spending the day with us on Sunday and inspiring so many of our customers to shed their inhibitions and start improvising!

    Two of the UK’s finest practitioners in this field, Elena and Andrew are both pianists, teachers, composers and publishers who believe that improvisation is not a specialist activity for a few advanced musicians but an essential part of everyone’s musical development from the outset.
















    If you were unable to attend these wonderful workshops, you can discover their insights in their books, both of which are among our most popular titles:

    – Andrew Higgins - So You Want to Learn to Improvise?

    – Elena Cobb - Improv Exercises for Classically Trained Beginners

    And if you would like to receive updates about our upcoming events by email, please contact us on 0161 834 3281 or info@forsyths.co.uk to sign up to our mailing list.


  • Sheet Music Department

    February 16, 2017

    *** NEW SESSION ADDED *** FREE WORKSHOP on improvisation for pianists with Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins

    Due to the high level of interest in our free workshop on improvisation for pianists with Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins on Sunday 5 March 2017, we will now be offering the workshop twice that day.

    In addition to the previously advertised time of 2pm, the same workshop will now also be given at 11am. For full information, please see our Events page.

    Although places are no longer available for the 2pm session, registration is now open for the new 11am session: please let us know the names of everyone in your party via:

    0161 834 3281 (extension 204) or

    sheetmusic@forsyths.co.uk

    Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – we will not be able to add a third session!


  • Sheet Music Department

    February 11, 2017

    Valentine’s Day: La La Land, musical jewellery, and your favourite song printed by us

    Valentine’s Day is only a few days away… If you’re still wondering where to start, we’re here to help! You can reach us online, on the phone, or in person at our five-storey musical department store in the heart of Manchester.

    Here we share with you some of our top recommendations:

    - sheet music to record- and heart-breaking film La La Land;

    - a selection of musical jewellery and accessories;

    - and your favourite song, printed by us.

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    LA LA LAND

    Music from the Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Piano, Vocal & Guitar • £14.99

    Easy Piano • £12.99

    A rare hit with both critics and audiences, La La Land has just been nominated for 14 Oscars, equalling the record set by Titanic.

    These sheet music collections were only published a few days ago but are already among our best sellers.

    Both versions include City of Stars, as performed by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, and John Legend’s Start a Fire.

    Read more and buy online

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    RETRO MICROPHONE CUFFLINKS

    £13.95

    Read more & buy online

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    RED MUSICAL SCARF: I ❤ MUSIC

    £6.99

    Read more & buy online

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    HEART OF CLEFS PENDANT …

    £23.50

    Read more & buy online

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    … & MATCHING EARRINGS

    £23.50

    Read more & buy online

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    YOUR FAVOURITE SONG

    printed by us

    £3.99

    Whether you want to serenade your partner or be prepared to take requests while gigging on Valentine’s Day, we can supply an enormous number of songs of all genres via our print-on-demand service:

    - blockbusters like Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing;

    - old classics like What a Little Moonlight Can Do, recorded by Billie Holiday with Teddy Wilson and his orchestra in 1935;

    - and the latest hits like Ed Sheeran’s current No. 1, Shape of You.

    Most songs are transcribed in the standard “PVG” format (Piano, Vocal & Guitar) while many are also available in versions for guitar tab, easy piano, piano duet, ukulele and various other instruments. These can be prepared in-store while you wait or ordered by telephone: 0161 834 3281, extension 204.


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