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Musician, pianist, and teacher with a delight in sharing music


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Duffied Arts Festival 23-24 September

On the day after the Wirksworth concert various musical pieces will happen in the Duffield Arts Festival. Richard Hodges and have a stack of duets to entertain you with, mostly of a lighter nature, including the WHOLE of the Sound of Music, and yes, you can sing along! I will also play some of my favourites, and so will John Hobbs and I am still hoping for one or two duettists to come forward. If you would like to take part, please contact me.

For more details visit the Festival Website

Duffield Arts Festival

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Wirksworth Festival Concert, Saturday 23rd September, St Mary’s Church, Wirksworth.

Its Wirksworth Festival time again. And as every year it seems I have the HUGE pleasure of playing a piano concerto with Jonathan Trout and my friends in the Derby Chamber Orchestra. This year it will be Shostakovich’s 2nd Concerto with THAT beautiful second movement…! Hope you can make it. Bookings via the festival website DO work, I am told!
Do remember, its Open Studios weekend in the Festival this coming weekend.

You can buy your tickets for this event here: Festival Concert

2017-09-23 DChorch


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Fund Raising Concert Friday 15th September, The Ecclesbourne School, Duffield

You may have heard of the young music teacher Chris Toon (sax, clarinet and flute) who had a dreadful motorbike accident and is now paralyzed. He is currently in the Spinal Centre in Sheffield Hopsital learning how to live with his disability. This concert will help him as he and his lovely girl friend are readapting his house. He will be brought by 2 nurses from Sheffield Hospital and attend the concert, in a wheelchair. I will be playing Chopin’s 3rd Ballade and a fiery dance by Ginastera. The programme will be such a fun mix of things and styles, as that is what Chris was – and is!

If you cannot make the concert, but would like to make a donation, please visit his Crowdfunding page

2017-09-15 Chris Toon Concert


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EPTA UK Conference 31.08.17-02.09.17

Just back from a wonderfully inspiriting EPTA UK Conference in the beautiful deVere conference Centre in Nottingham. Bright and spcaious modern architecture, lush hotel rooms and delicious, plentiful food gave the frame for inspirational talks and concerts under the leaderhsip of the Piano Teachers Course (PTC). All very hands on and relevant. I am in typical fashion getting people to sing ‘Viva Viva la musica’ as I find a crowd waiting irresistable in that way. They were just getting ready for the photo. A few delegates had left, but in full swing we were about 100 people…!

For information about next year’s Conference visit the EPTA website

EPTA 2017