January 17, 2019
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 834 3281, ext. 204.
October 11, 2018
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.
June 26, 2018
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!
April 9, 2018
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.
April 19, 2017
LET’S PLAY THE PIANO!
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.
March 21, 2017
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 email@example.com to sign up to our mailing list.
March 7, 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up to our mailing list.
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
Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – we will not be able to add a third session!
February 11, 2017
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.
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RETRO MICROPHONE CUFFLINKS
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RED MUSICAL SCARF: I ❤ MUSIC
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HEART OF CLEFS PENDANT …
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… & MATCHING EARRINGS
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YOUR FAVOURITE SONG
printed by us
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.
January 24, 2017
FREE WORKSHOP ON IMPROVISATION FOR PIANISTS
with Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins
Hosted by Forsyth
Sunday 5 March 2017
2pm – 3.45pm
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For many of us, improvisation is shrouded in mystery: either you can do it or you can’t. But like every other facet of music-making, it is simply a skill acquired and developed gradually over time with experience and guidance.
Improvisation can be learned – and it can be taught.
Come and find out how in our next free workshop!
We are delighted to be hosting two of the UK’s finest practitioners in this field, Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins. Both are pianists and teachers 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.
Places are limited so register now to join us for this myth-busting session.
All attendees will be eligible on the day for a 20% discount on all sheet music published by Alfred, including:
– Andrew Higgins’s So You Want to Learn to Improvise?
– Elena Cobb’s Improv Exercises for Classically Trained Beginners
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Event – Free workshop on improvisation for pianists with Elena Cobb and Andrew Higgins
Date – Sunday 5 March 2017
Time – 2pm–3.45pm. Two 45-minute presentations with a 15-minute break in-between:
In the first presentation (2-2.45pm) Elena Cobb will focus on methods for pianists and their teachers up to about Grade 3.
In the second presentation (3-3.45pm) Andrew Higgins will focus on methods for more experienced players and their teachers.
All attendees will be registered for both presentations and are strongly encouraged to attend both! While less experienced players will find the first presentation most immediately applicable, the second will offer relevant insights into continuing to incorporate improvisation into their music-making throughout their future development. Similarly, more advanced players with little improvisatory experience will benefit from the techniques of the first presentation as much as those of the second.
Venue – Forsyth Brothers Ltd, 126 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GR – staff will direct you to the workshop space in the basement
Eligibility – Open to pianists at any level, parents and teachers
Entry – Free
Registration – Please let us know the names of all attendees via: 0161 834 3281 (extension 204) or email@example.com
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