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ABRSM Piano Webinars

Our Piano Webinars are the perfect chance to explore the new Piano syllabus for 2021 & 2022. They provide more hours of content and cover more pieces than ever before!

Join our team of presenters to explore music from the new Initial Grade to Grade 8. These sessions provide detailed performance advice, contextual information and invaluable teaching tips, surveying over 100 pieces from both the Piano Exam Pieces books and the alternatives. Whether you are preparing piano students for Practical or Performance Grades or just enjoying playing the piano, these webinars are for you!

 

Watch on demand

Each webinar will feature an hour of pre-recorded content from one of our expert presenters followed by a live Q&A. You will be able to submit your questions during the event to be answered at the end.

You can watch along live with fellow piano teachers from all over the world, and replay the recording at your leisure, until Monday 5 October (23.59). You’ll be sent the webinar recording after the event where you can view it on a web browser via your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer.

 

Sessions

Presenters

Dates

Times

Rhythm and Articulation

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Sam Carrasco & Mark Tanner

On demand

 

Piano as a Melodic Instrument

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Nick Oliver

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Tone Balance and Texture (Initial-Grade 4)

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Paul Janes

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Stylistic Awareness and Musical Characterisation

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Alexander L’Estrange

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Communication and Interpretation

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Leigh O’Hara

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Developing Technique

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Anthony Williams

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Tone, Balance and Texture (Grades 5-8)

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Alexis White

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Duet-playing skills

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Ann-Martin Davis

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Full synopsis of each session available here.

Presenter Information

Concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner and moderator, and festival adjudicator, Anthony Williams was born in Essex and studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Alexander Kelly.

Following international competition success Anthony embarked on a career as a concert pianist whilst also establishing an international reputation as a piano teacher and has since become a passionate educator of pianistic musicianship at all ages from beginner to advanced. As well as giving piano masterclasses, public lecture-recitals and seminars on performance, repertoire and the art of teaching he is involved with numerous professional development courses and workshops both in the UK and abroad.

He has given talks on piano performance for Radio 3 and is author and editor of various publications include The Best of Grade and Fingerprints (Faber) and Teaching Notes (ABRSM). His most recent and highly acclaimed book The Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide (Faber, 2017), a comprehensive guide to teaching and playing the piano, draws on his experience of teaching young beginners through to professional pianists combined with insights from his professional playing around the world as both soloist and accompanist.

He is also (very proudly) President of the Chipping Norton Music Festival.

Anthony combines his busy freelance career with a full-time position at Radley College, Oxfordshire as Head of Keyboard and Instrumental Music.

Alexander L’Estrange (b.1974) is a British composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and workshop leader of international acclaim. A Master of Arts music graduate of Oxford University, he has been dubbed “the added 9th of choral music,” a nod to his consummate fusion of the British choral tradition with jazz.

Best known for his award-winning Zimbe! series of 40-minute works for SATB choir, unison children’s choir and jazz quintet, he is the go-to arranger for world-class vocal groups such as the King’s Singers and Voces 8, while the BBC Singers are among the many groups he directs and produces in choral, jazz and crossover projects. For the ABRSM, Alexander has led countless workshops and teacher events, and for many years was a jazz examiner, trainer and moderator.

Alexis White studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Eastman School of Music, New York. The winner of many prestigious prizes and scholarships, most notably first prize in the Seventh Noyers International Piano Competition in France, Alexis has given recitals and concerto performances throughout the U.K. and abroad.

She has collaborated with many distinguished artists including Rafal Zambrzycki-Payne, Akiko Ono, Guy Johnston, Jiafeng Chen, the Sacconi Quartet, the Navarra Quartet and the Galliard Ensemble. In 2018 she was invited to give a week of masterclasses in China, followed by a recital which was broadcast on Chinese television. Alexis has also broadcast for Scottish Radio, Classic FM, Radio Suisse Romane and featured for several years as a Countess of Munster artist.

Alexis is currently Head of Keyboard at St Paul’s Girls’ School in London and teaches at the Yehudi Menuhin School. She is also an examiner for the ABRSM.

Ann Martin-Davis’s love of 20th century and contemporary art crosses all genres and this has led to a career finding new and appealing ways of presenting solo piano and chamber music.

Her work has ‘reinvigorated chamber music’ (The Times) and her innovations in this area were recognised by the Royal Philharmonic Society when her Sound Bites (Nigella Lawson recipe songs) programme was nominated alongside Glyndebourne Opera for its prestigious Audience Development Award.

Ann Martin-Davis studied at the Royal College of Music with Phyllis Sellick, where she won the College's premier piano prize, the Chappell Gold Medal. A series of awards led to a South Bank debut and she subsequently won scholarships to study with Arie Vardi in Hanover and Gyorgy Sebok at the Banff School in Canada.

At this time Ann played to the Polish composer Witold Lutosławski and her subsequent disc of his solo piano and chamber works was described, amongst other rave reviews, as ‘beautiful and exquisite’ by BBC Music Magazine. Her recently released disc of works by Ravel has also been critically acclaimed; described by Musicweb as enjoying a ‘sparkling energy.’

In addition to her playing, Ann teaches at the Royal College of Music Junior Department and was recently Visiting Scholar to the the University of Oxford.
She has been described as an ‘inspirational’ coach and presenter and during the last five years she has trained piano teachers throughout South East Asia, Australia and the UK for numerous music professional associations.

Ann is co artistic director of ‘Piano at Le Maillard’, which hosts retreats in the Charente and online workshops for pianists and teachers.

'A distinguished scholar and pianist’
Gramophone Magazine

Mark Tanner is a concert pianist, composer, adjudicator, teacher and writer. His performing and academic work takes him regularly to all five continents. Solo appearances include London’s Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, St John’s Smith Square and 300 recitals on luxury cruise liners worldwide. Mark’s recordings spotlighted many previously unrecorded works by British composers: “Magnificent playing”, Gramophone. World première broadcasts have been given on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM.

Mark has published 65 volumes of compositions, editions and arrangements for Spartan Press, Faber and Edition Peters; 40 pieces have appeared in examination syllabuses for ABRSM, TCL and LCM. Mark’s book, The Mindful Pianist, is published in English and Chinese by Faber: “invigorating and thought provoking” – Martino Tirimo. Leaping Hare Press published Mindfulness in Music in English and Spanish: “a fascinating read on many levels” – Julian Lloyd Webber. In 2020, Mindfulness in Sound was published, and Faber will be publishing Mark’s extensive guide for the self-taught adult pianist, The Piano in Black and White. Mark recently co-authored two books entitled The Advanced Pianist with Karen Marshall for Faber, and writes feature-length ‘Masterclass’ articles for Pianist Magazine.

Mark’s PhD tackled the Hungarian composer, Franz Liszt. He is a member of Mensa, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was recently a keyboard panellist for the BBC Young Musician. For ABRSM, Mark has undertaken 46 tours to all five continents; he is also a Moderator, Trainer, Reader and Presenter.

Leigh O’Hara is a reluctant member of the British music establishment as the only person, apart from Holst and Vaughan Williams, to have run the music departments at James Allen’s Girls’ School and St Paul’s Girls’ School. After many years working as a pianist and piano teacher Leigh’s career is now focussed on conducting and his role at St Paul's where he is Deputy Head in charge of community partnerships as well as music. Having completed a music degree at the University of York, where he won the department prize for outstanding musical contribution, Leigh continued his piano studies at Trinity College of Music with Simon Young, Philip Fowke and David Owen Norris before completing a masters degree at Royal Holloway, University of London. As well as winning first prize in the Weingarten Schumann Competition he was awarded the Gertrude Norman Prize and Cross Memorial Scholarship. Leigh has studied conducting with some of the most respected teachers and musicians including Peter Stark, Lionel Friend, George Hurst and Rodolfo Saglimbeni.

Leigh has been resident at Dartington International Summer School and Festival for over 25 consecutive years where he has performed as soloist and chamber musician, as well as teaching piano and conducting orchestras and choirs. As well as conducting the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras at St Paul's Leigh is musical director of Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra, Dulwich Symphony Orchestra and South London Youth Orchestra. He is passionate about community music-making and has conducted three fully-staged operas for Blackheath Community Opera (Carmen, La Boheme and Orpheus and Eurydice). Leigh is an examiner, moderator and presenter for the Associated Board and also works as an adjudicator at competitions and festivals.

 

Nick Oliver studied at the Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music with Jean Anderson, followed by post graduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music with Marjorie Clementi.

He has a varied performing career as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and teacher. He has performed in many of Britain’s major concert venues including the Wigmore Hall and the South Bank and overseas concert tours have taken him to many European countries as well as the USA, Canada, Asia and Australia. He combines the post of Head of Accompaniment at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester with examining and presenting work for ABRSM, internationally as well as in the UK. He also serves on the examiner moderator and trainer panels.

He is a founder member of “The Commonwealth Resounds”; an organisation dedicated to promoting music and musicians across the Commonwealth and in that capacity has worked in Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka, Malta and the Caribbean.

Paul Janes studied at both the Royal Northern College of Music and at Manchester University, receiving top awards from both institutions. He has also been awarded major scholarships and prizes in several national and international competitions. As a pianist, Paul has appeared in a multitude of performing roles, from solo recitals and concertos, through chamber music and accompaniment, to contemporary ensemble and orchestral work. For more than twenty five years he has been one of the regular pianists for the BBC Philharmonic and Hallé orchestras, appearing frequently in broadcasts, recordings and performances at major concert halls throughout the UK and abroad. Since the 1990s Paul has been a member of the piano teaching staff at the Royal Northern College of Music. He is an examiner, trainer, moderator and presenter for ABRSM, and was a mentor on its Certificate of Teaching course. He has travelled regularly to many parts of the world for the organisation.

Pianist Samantha Carrasco explores a diverse and flexible repertoire as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. Notable performances as a soloist have included Grieg, Schumann, Tchaikovsky No.1, Rachmaninoff No.2, Mozart K466, K467 and K488 and Beethoven 3rd and 5th piano concertos. As orchestral pianist with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, highlights have included performing at the BBC Proms in 2017, Stravinsky’s Petrushka with Carlos Miguel Prieto, and broadcasting Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony live on BBC Radio 3 under Yan Pascal Tortelier. She has also contributed to live broadcasts on the radio and recordings with the BSO for Chandos and Onyx. With the recently formed Austen Trio, Samantha performed in celebrations of the Jane Austen Bicentenary in 2017. The group performed at Harvard University in 2018 and their new CD will be released later in the year.

Samantha studied piano with Yonty Solomon at the Royal College of Music, London, where she was awarded an Exhibition Scholarship followed by a Bmus(Hons) degree and an ARCM teaching diploma. She was later awarded the prestigious Phoebe Benham and Leverhulme Junior Fellowship. After completing a Mmus performance degree with distinction in 2008 at the University of Southampton, she completed a PhD in 2013 entitled The Austen Family Music Books and Hampshire Music Culture, 1770-1820, which studied the music collection of Jane Austen and her family.

Alongside her performing career, Samantha continues to pursue her commitment to education. She is an examiner, trainer, moderator and presenter for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, working nationally and internationally in classical music, diplomas and jazz. She presents teaching and examining seminars on behalf of ABRSM in China, the USA and the UK. Samantha is the Head of Keyboard at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, contributing heavily to the Hampshire Specialist Music Course there. Samantha participates in BSO education projects, and is also the piano consultant for King Edward VI School, Southampton. She coaches chamber ensembles and adjudicates music competitions as well as hosting masterclasses for pianists, accompanists and ensemble groups.

Pieces demonstrated in each webinar are listed below:

Initial Grade C6: Wonkey Donkey by Mark Tanner

Grade 1 B7:The Little White Cloud by Jessie Blake

Grade 2 A3: Ecossaise in G: No. 23 from 50 pièces à l’usage des commençans, Op. 38 by Hässler

Grade 3 C1: Disco Baroque by Alan Bullard

Grade 4 C4 :At the Smithy, Op. 8 No. 5 by Maikapar

 

Grade 5 C4: Blue Waltz by Agay

Grade 6 B1: Mazurka in G minor, Op. 67 No. 2 by Chopin

Grade 7 A10: Sonata in E: from Sonata in E, Kp. 380, L. 23 by D. Scarlatti

Grade 8 A5: Allegro: 1st movt from Sonata in E, Op. 14 No. 1 by Beethoven

Grade 8 B1: Intermezzo in E: No. 6 from Fantasies, Op. 116 by Brahms

Initial Grade B2: Under the Acacia Tree: from Safari by June Armstrong

Grade 1 B3: Down by the salley gardens Trad. Irish

Grade 3 B1: Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Elgar

Grade 3 B5: Arioso by J. S. Bach

Grade 4 B2: Miniature Pastoral: No. 2 from Three Miniature Pastorals, Set 1 by Bridge

Grade 5 B10 Von fremden Ländern und Menschen from Kinderscenen by Schumann

Grade 6 B1: Mazurka in G minor, Op. 67 No. 2 by Chopin

Grade 6 B2: Page d'album by Debussy

Grade 7 B1: Andante moderato: No. 5 from Pièces brèves, Op. 84 by Fauré

Grade 8 B1: Intermezzo in E: No. 6 from Fantasies, Op. 116 by Brahms

Initial Grade A3: This old man (Piano Star 2) Trad. English

Initial Grade B3: Dialogue: from First Term at the Piano by Bartók

Grade 1 B1: Melodie: No. 1 from Album für die Jugend, Op. 68 by Schumann

Grade 1 C4: Sunlight Through the Trees by June Armstrong

Grade 2 A1: Allegro: 1st movt from Sonatina No. 1 in G Attwood

Grade 2 B8: Waltz in A minor Spindler  

Grade 2 C2: Angelfish by Anne Crosby Gaudet

Grade 3 B1: Salut d'amour, Op. 12 by Elgar

Grade 3 C3: Scary Stuff: from Razzamajazz Repertoire Piano by Sarah Watts

Grade 4 A1: Prelude in C minor, BWV 999 by J. S. Bach

Grade 4 B5:  Sunrise: No. 7 from River and Rainbow by W. Carroll

Grade 4 C1: Teasing Song: No. 18 from For Children, Vol. 2 by Bartók

Initial Grade: C1 Dodgems by Alan Bullard

Initial Grade: C5 Action Stations by Heather Hammond

Grade 1 C8: Jazzy Dragon: from Animal Jazz by Barbara Snow

Grade 2 C4: In My Spot by Ben Crosland

Grade 3 C3: Scary Stuff: from Razzamajazz Repertoire Piano by Sarah Watts

Grade 4 C2: I Hear What You Say: No. 4 from Cool Beans!, Vol. 1 by Ben Crosland

Grade 4 C3: Shark Soup: from Sam Wedgwood's Project, Book 2 by Sam Wedgwood

Grade 5 C1: Mister Trumpet Man: from New Orleans Jazz Styles by Gillock

Grade 5 C2: Changing Times: from Cool Piano 5 by Heather Hammond

Grade 6 C8: East Coast Blues by Nikki Iles

Grade 7 C8: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: by Kern

Grade 8 C8: Caballos Españoles by Uwe Korn

Initial Grade B3: Dialogue: from First Term at the Piano by Bartók

Grade 1 A2: Minuet in C K. 6 by Mozart

Grade 2 A1: Allegro: 1st movt from Sonatina No. 1 in G by Attwood

Grade 3 B8: Song, Op. 172 No. 1 by Gurlitt

Grade 4 A5: Allegro assai: 1st movt from Sonatina in F, Anh. 5 No. 2 by Beethoven

Grade 5 B5: La huérfana: No. 9 from Cuentos de las juventud, Op. 1 by Granados

Grade 5 C7: Silent Island by Victoria Borisova-Ollas

Grade 6 A10: Sonata in A, Kp. 208, L. 238 by D. Scarlatti

Grade 6 A5: Invention No. 6 in E, BWV 777 by Bach

Grade 6 B5: Prayer of the Matador: No. 2 from Lyric Pieces for the Young by Dello Joio

Grade 7 B10: Kind im Einschlummern: No. 12 from Kinderscenen, Op. 15 by Schumann

Grade 8 B5: Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17 No. 4 by Chopin

Grade 8 C9: Vespers in Venice by Cecilia McDowall

Initial Grade A2: Gavotte in G: from Terpsichore by M. Praetorius

Grade 1 A4: Sonatina by Dennis Alexander

Grade 2 A1: Allegro: 1st movt from Sonatina No. 1 in G by Attwood

Grade 3 A3: Gavotte in G HWV 491 by Handel

Grade 4 A4: Gavot: 3rd movt from Suite No. 2 in B by Alcock

Grade 5 A4: Invention No. 8 in F, BWV 779 by J. S. Bach

Grade 6 A2: Allegro: 3rd movt from Sonata in Eb K.282 by Mozart

Grade 7 A7: Gigue in G, K. 574 by Mozart

Grade 8 A1: Fantasia in C minor, BWV 906 by J. S. Bach

Grade 8 A2: Allegro moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in A, Hob. XVI:46 by Haydn

Grade 8 A3 Prelude and Fugue in B : No. 2 from Three Preludes and Fugues, Op. 16 by C. Schumann

Grade 8 A4 Prelude and Fugue in G, BWV 884 by J. S. Bach

Grade 5 A1: La chevaleresque: No. 25 from 25 études faciles et progressives, Op. 100 J. F.by Burgmüller

Grade 5 B3:  Douce rêverie: No. 21 from Album pour enfants, Op. 39 by Tchaikovsky

Grade 5 C8: Elegy for the Arctic by Ludovico Einaudi

Grade 6 A10: Sonata in A, Kp. 208, L. 238 by D. Scarlatti

Grade 6 B10: Legend: No. 6 from Pictures of Childhood by Khachaturian

Grade 6 B2: Page d'album by Debussy

Grade 7 A2: Bagatelle in E: No. 1 from Seven Bagatelles, Op. 33 by Beethoven

Grade 7 B7: Mazurka in F minor: No. 3 from Trois morceaux, Op. 57 by Lyadov

Grade 7 C6: Tribute to Roberto Garcia Morillo: No. 6 from 12 American Preludes, Op. 12 by Ginastera

Grade 8 A2: Allegro moderato: 1st movt from Sonata in A, Hob. XVI:46 by Haydn

Grade 8 B1: Intermezzo in E: No. 6 from Fantasies, Op. 116 by Brahms

Grade 8 C6: Rêverie by Debussy

Initial Grade A10: Donkey Ride: from Sea Pictures, Set 1 by Elsie Wells

Initial Grade C10: The Grand Waltz by Jane Sebba

Grade 1 A10: Courante by Elsie Wells

Grade 1 B9: The Forgotten Forest by Helen Madden

Grade 1 C7: Latin Laughter by Jane Sebba

Grade 2 B6: Raindrop Reflections by Heather Hammond

Grade 2 B7: Pavane de la belle au bois dormant: No. 1 from Ma mère l’oye by Ravel

Grade 2 C8: Sweet Pea by Nikki Iles

Grade 3 A4: Hornpipe Rondo by Anthony Hedges

Grade 3 C7: Locked On Latin: from Hands On Jazz by Mark Goddard

FAQs

No. You will need to pay for each webinar to access further content. If you think you may want to access all the content eventually, we advise you choose our best value bundle to access the entire set of video sessions.

No. Your purchase gives you unlimited access to watch the videos in your chosen package(s) from the event date until Monday 5 October.  

If you wish to request a refund, please email [email protected] and you will be contacted within 3-5 working days.

 Seven days prior to the live event: 100% refund.

  • Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds within seven days of the live event.
  • If you book a ticket and then cannot attend the live event, you will receive a recording of the webinar after the event to view until Monday 5 October. Therefore no refunds are available in this instance.

Timescale

Refunds will be processed on approval and will take up to 14 days to appear in your bank account.

Dates and pricing

You can access these webinars from September until Monday 5 October.

Individual webinar: £10
Best-value bundle of all 8 webinars: £60

Each individual webinar can be purchased for £10. Please note, the discount won’t be applied if the webinars are purchased separately.

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