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Update – September 2020

I am very very much looking forward to meeting you all in person in Sept!! It was lovely to have in person visitors in the last couple of weeks of term – I’ve really enjoyed playing some duets (on two pianos), and laughing and enjoying lessons without lag or distortion. It’s been amazing.

As far as possible we will be back to normal from Weds 2nd September. If you want your lesson online, or have any Covid-19 symptoms, even if you think it’s a common cold, we will need to use Zoom. I’m expecting a mix and match term!
I’m really proud of those who have recorded and submitted exams this term – I will be really excited to share those results with you as they come in!

Summer lessons are available on Mon 27th July, and Mon 18th August for anyone who wants to come. Please just let me know in the next couple of days, and I’ll fit you in. Payment can be made as a one off the day before the lesson or brought in cash on the day.

I have amended last September’s timetable as far as I can, to try and make it work! There may still be a few more changes as we all settle into new routines:


  • 4.30: Esther A (Grade 2 LCM)
  • 5.00: clarinet, Holly Z (Grade 7 Trinity) 40 mins
  • 5.40: piano, Bethany R (Grade 7 ABRSM) 40 mins


  • 5.00 piano, Enoch (Grade 4 LCM)
  • 5.30 piano, Yasmin A (Grade 7 ABRSM) 40 mins
  • 6.15 piano, Lily C (Grade 4 Trinity)
  • 6.45 piano, Alex P (Grade 1 Trinity)
  • 7.15 piano, Paddy (Jazz and Chords)


Clifford School 12.45pm – 3.15pm

  • 12.45: Afomachi (Initial Trinity) 20 mins
  • 1.05: Sam (Grade 2 LCM) 30 mins
  • 1.35: Georgia (Grade 1 LCM) 20 mins
  • 1.55: Ana (Grade 1 Trinity) 20 mins
  • 2.15: Naomi (Grade 2 LCM) 30 mins
  • 2.45: Alex (Grade 2 Trinity) 30 mins

Lessons at home

  • 3.30 piano, Henry H (Grade 4 Trinity)
  • 4.00 piano, Jenna (Grade 6 Trinity)
  • 4.30 piano, Katie W (Grade 4 Trinity)
  • 5.00 piano, Megan (Grade 3 LCM)
  • 5.30 piano, Anna W (Grade 4 Trinity)
  • 6.00 piano, Poppy (Grade 2 Trinity)
  • 6.30 piano, Rose (Grade 3 LCM)


  • 8a.m piano, Rosa (Grade 3 Trinity)
  • 3.20 (3.10) piano, Anouk (Grade 7 LCM) 40 mins
  • 3.50 piano, Pia (Grade 4 LCM)
  • 4.20 piano, Sophie M (Grade 1 LCM)
  • 4.50 piano, Sam B (Grade 3 LCM)
  • 5.20 piano, Luke H (Grade 6 LCM)
  • 5.50 piano, Yasmin H (Grade 3 LCM)
  • 6.20 clarinet, Caleb (Grade 5 Trinity)



  • 8.15, piano, Liam J (Grade 5 ABRSM)
  • 8.45, piano, Sophie H (Grade 5 Trinity) 40 mins
  • 9.30, piano, Emily H (Grade 2 Trinity)
  • 10.00, piano Charlotte  (Grade 2 LCM)
  • 10.30, piano David CP (Grade 4 LCM)
  • 11.00, piano Moses (Grade 3 Trinity)
  • 11.45, piano,  Holly P (Grade 4 Trinity)
  • 12.15, flute, Ruth (Grade 2 Trinity)

Autumn 2018 – 16 amazing exam results

Fabulous results from all 3 exam boards – a wide variety of exams taken from pre-prep through to grade 7!

Congratulations go to:

Anezka and Afomachi for distinctions in your LCM pre-preps

Naomi, Bethany and Yasmin for distinctions in your London College of Music Prep step 2s.

Grade 1s – London College of Music – all with distinction. Well done Pia, Sam and Rose! Pia is our highest scorer this term with 92%!

Grade 3 – fantastic merit for Nathan (including full marks for his C piece!) and a distinction for Felix in his grade 3 jazz (LCM). Well done boys!

Grade 4 – thrilled with Jenna’s merit in her Trinity exam, and 2 distinctions for Anouk and Luke from the London College of Music. Brilliant playing from all 3!

Grade 5 – very proud of Yasmin with a merit in her ABRSM grade 5 exam! Dedicated practice and a well deserved merit!

Grade 6 – so thrilled for Grace who has passed her grade 6 flute with Trinity this term – especially lovely selection of pieces and fabulous performance on the day! And a flautist specialist examiner!

Grade 7 – just brilliant and a huge achievement from Ethan. ABRSM grade 7 with merit including full marks for his C piece!

What a brilliant set of results from a brilliant bunch of students! Looking forward to your next steps!

Pupil concert 2018

So our pupil concerts at Wesley Hall are just a week away! Saturday 6th Oct ??

We have a record number of young performers this year, so will try and make a prompt start for the ‘Get Set’ (beginners – gd 1) and Foundation (Gds 1-2) children at around 4pm.

Coffee and cakes for everyone is from 5-5.30 and then there will a a slightly longer concert starting (earlier than previously advertised!) at 5.30 from the Intermediate and Advanced students, as there are so many fantastic performances to fit in.

Tickets on the door from just before 4pm.

Donations of £3 per adult and £1 per child. All money taken will go straight to the fabulous Goldigger charity, for their work in improving the lives of young people.

Please bring your home baked (and ready cut) cakes straight to the kitchen when you arrive at either 4pm or 5pm. Thank you so much!

Exam Congratulations Summer 2018

Huge well done to those who have taken an exam this term!

Trinity Results! Congratulations Matthew and Henry on merits in your grade 2s, brilliant performances boys! Amazing distinctions from Zara (Gd 4), Rosa (Gd 1), and an incredible 92% distinction for Sophie H in her grade 3!

From ABRSM –  Holly P has passed her grade 1 piano, Imogen has passed her grade 2 piano and Holly Z has passed her grade 5 clarinet! Brilliantly proud of all 3 of these girls, so much hard work and fabulous performances on the day. I particularly enjoyed accompanying Holly’s Weber Theme and Variations and her Duke Ellington number! Extremely musical performances.

London College of Music – Ana has passed her pre-prep piano, and Alex P, and Alex M their Step 1 pianos, all with merit. Alexandra had passed her Grade 1 piano with an incredible 91% distinction. Katie, an amazing merit in her grade 2 piano, and Grace B a fabulous merit in her grade 3 piano with some very tricky and demanding pieces from both these girls.

And not forgetting – 2 exceptional flautists, both passing with distinction. Well done Ruth on a superb Step 1, and Helen B on an outstanding Grade 1. Very proud of you both.

Exam Congratulations Spring 2018

Congratulations all round to children who have sat exams this term.

Well done Bethany, an amazingly high merit mark at ABRSM Grade 5 piano! And to Lily who scored highly in her Grade 2. They played to a professional pianist, very high up in the world, and who inputs lots into ABRSM’s advanced grades.

Super work at the Trinity exam centre too. Great work from David, with a merit in his grade 1 Rock and Pop, fabulous meritable playing too from Lila in her grade 3. And a brilliant result for Anna W in her grade 2. Fabulous playing and preparation from everyone.

From the LCM prep steps, 6 talented pre-grade 1 pianists. 2 passes, 3 merits and a distinction! Well done especially to Sam Y, who is only 5 and has passed his pre-prep with style! To Esther and Charlotte on fabulous step 1s. Charlotte’s second distinction in her step exams. And to Pia, Sam B and Rose who all passed their step 2s with merit!  What talented children you have!

Autumn 2017 Exam Congratulations

Exam results in from all 3 exam boards in the same day! What fabulous news to be able to pass onto all these families this Christmas.

Congratulations to:
Jasmine on passing her pre-prep!

Naomi, Yasmin and Sophie, prep step 1s with merits.

Alexandra and Emily, prep step 2s with distinctions.

Edward on his fabulous grade 1, and Megan on hers with merit! Two Y4 pianists who brighten my week with stunning playing & musicianship.

Liam on a well played (despite being super nervous!!)) grade 2, & Esther on her grade 2 with distinction.

Anouk and Jenna on fabulous grade 3s. These 2 played beautifully in the Oct concert, and again in their ABRSM exams. Couldn’t be prouder of either of them.

Alice on her grade 4 with distinction, played her pieces the best ever on the day! Amazing Alice.

Sophie on her grade 5 with distinction – including 22/22 for her Classical A piece ‘Allegretto’, so much determination on the day!

And Ethan on an outstanding grade 6! Including 28/30 for a fantastic and very professionally played Mike Cornick jazz piece which he is performing for his A level music.

Autumn Concerts

Thank you to everyone who performed on October 7th at Wesley Hall. A great evening of performing to one another and our families.  Some outstanding playing from a number of pupils, I’m very proud of everyone who took part. We raised £275 for Baby Basics Sheffield, so thank you if you came, sold tickets, made cake, brewed tea… it was all a great success.

Huge congratulations to Rose Y and Charlotte H on winning LCM high scorer awards in this year’s exam season. Both girls performed at Sheffield Library Theatre on Fri Oct 13th and collected their awards and medals. Well done to you both.


Summer 2017 – exam congratulations

Its been a hugely successful summer term! Very very proud of everyone’s hard work. Fantastic steps on everyone’s musical journeys ??

Looking forward to all these certificates arriving over the summer holidays and giving them out – what a privilege.

Pre-preps (LCM): All passed with merits or distinctions – Alex, Esther, Sahara and Charlotte.

Prep Step 1(LCM): Moses, Pia, Rose and Sam – all passed with distinction.

David – Initial Rock and Pop piano (Trinity) with distinction

Anna – Grade 1 piano (Trinity)

Louis – Grade 1 piano (LCM) with merit

Joshua – Grade 1 piano (LCM) with merit

Katie – Grade 1 piano (LCM) with distinction

Matthew – Grade 1 piano (Trinity) with distinction

Grace – Grade 2 piano (ABRSM)

Anna – Grade 2 clarinet (ABRSM) with merit

Nathan – Grade 2 piano (Trinity) with merit

Felix – Rectial Grade 2 jazz piano (LCM) with distinction

Zara – Grade 3 piano (ABRSM)

Luke – Grade 3 piano (LCM) with distinction

Yasmin – Grade 4 piano (ABRSM) with merit

etahn – Grade 5 theory (ABRSM) with merit

Exam congratulations – Spring 2017

Well done to everyone who took an exam this Spring. Lots and lots of hard work – and some beautiful playing!

Congratulations to all my beginner pianists! To Rose for a merit in her pre-prep piano and Bethany H for a merit in her Prep step 1 piano. And to Rosa, Edward and Holly P for glowing write ups for their prep tests too.

2 fantastic Trinity pianos, well done Henry on grade 1 and Sophie H on grade 2. Really loved your choice of pieces, and know you both really enjoyed your exams! Brilliant results.

Also – Holly Z,  grade 4 ABRSM clarinet – massive well done for an incredible performance especially  in your Rumba, was my favourite piece to accompany this exam session. And to Amelia for a outstanding distinction in your LCM grade 2 clarinet. Fabulous work both of you.


Happy Musical 2017

Happy New Year everyone! Looking forward to seeing you all next week – lessons are back on Mon 9th Jan and run until and including Sat 18th Feb for half term week off. Please check the timetable page if you’re unsure of your time slot.

This year’s pupil concerts are on Saturday 7th October at Wesley Hall, beginner’s arrival from 4pm for a 4.20pm – 5.20pm concert, and then Grade 3/4 pupils and up from 5.45pm – there will be a coffee break in between the 2 events. Please do bring your home baking again! Some amazing cakes last year. A pupil charge of £2.50 will be added to your Sept bill to cover the hall charge so all ticket money on the door can be donated to charity. Really looking forward to another amazing evening.