It’s so important that music students have regular opportunities to perform to others in a friendly environment, and have the chance to be inspired by hearing others perform. Especially for piano players, who can often have quite a solitary musical existence.
I’m looking forward to the for the fourth annual Dulwich Piano Festival held at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS) in East Dulwich. The festival provides an opportunity for pianists of all levels to share their music making with friends and family and to hear a wide range of inspiring repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music.
In addition to graded exam classes, the festival organisers have carefully selected pieces that will appeal to beginner pianists to encourage them to make their Debut performance. In the Duet with Teacher classes you will be accompanied on stage as you play on a beautiful Yamaha S3 grand piano in the magnificent Holst Hall at JAGS school.
In an exciting twist, lots of the music by contemporary composers will be adjudicated by the composers themselves so this is a wonderful chance to receive feedback from the person that wrote your piece!
All competitors receive written and verbal feedback, a certificate and printed programme. Many medals and trophies are presented on the day to class winners.
You do not need to be a resident of Dulwich to enter. Last year entrants came from as far away as Peterborough, Manchester and even Austria!
Enter online or by email via the festival web site. Entries are open from February 1st to April 1st although class numbers are limited to 15 for beginner classes and 10 for graded exam classes, so early entry is strongly advised as the festival is oversubscribed each year.