As part of my summer holiday I attended the Piano Summer School part 1 at Chetham's School of Music in Manchester. This was a new experience for me because before this I had only attended summer schools in Scotland. I was rather excited by this this brilliant opportunity to visit such a famous institution. I had classical lessons and workshops in both piano and harpsichord (which is another of my passions). The lessons were with Jan Kadlubiski from Poland who gave me my first piano lesson, he taught me one on one and in a workshop settings. Jan's style of teaching suited me very well it was all about polishing and slightly exaggerating my pauses in the music I was playing. Marta Karbownicka, also from Poland gave me a lesson which was all about tidying up lose ends of pieces which I had chosen and she also suggested that I enter a piano competition. There was a one off special opportunity to have a workshop with Einar Steen- Nokleberg from Norway, we had great fun playing some Grieg together. Einar also tested me on my perfect pitch and told me a funny story about his teacher doing the same test on him when he was nine years old. My final lessons were on the harpsichord with a lady called Charlotte Turner from the U.K. She taught me in the art of playing a double manual harpsichord. I also went to three of her workshops and I performed in two of them, this was very enjoyable. I am going to try and contact St Cecelia's Hall in Edinburgh so I can play the two manual harpsichord. I played Mendelssohn's 'Song Without Words' Op. 67 in F sharp minor and I also played' L'Egyptienne', by Rameau at a recital on my last day at the Summer School.
I also attended the majority of the concerts, these were by Murray McLachlan who played Beethoven, Einar Steen-Nokleberg who played Grieg, Noriko Ogawa who played Debussy, Ravel and Beethoven, Carlo Grante who played Chopin, Godowsky and Scarlatti, Matthias Kirschnereit who played Mendelssohn and Schubert, Robert Finley who played Chopin, Faure, Wagner/Liszt, Grieg and Quilter. On the final night of the SummerSchool we went to a Cocert Hall at the University of Manchester to see the Finals of the Manchester International Concerto Competition for Young Pianists I heard recitals of Mozart, Haydn and Chopin. The levels of playing were high and the winning finalist was a lady from the U.K. Sophia Dee