I'm a female tenor - there aren't a lot of us about. Until recently, I sang with Manchester's Bridgewater Hall Singers. In June 2016, 30 of us backed Barry Manilow at the MEN Arena. What a great experience that was. (See photo above and Blog). On 18 June 2017, I sang with them at the Manchester Festival in Manchester Cathedral Gardens. I now sing with a local group, just for fun.
Photo below: Fifth from left, front row at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
My original score for the late author, Sue Townsend's play Bazaar and Rummage was stolen. Years later, to my surprise, theatre companies all over the UK were asking for it. I could only find two songs but they've been well used.
'...the play was a roaring success helped along by your brilliant music. Thank you so much.' Glenys Croston, Dukeries Theatre, Worksop
My anthem, A Little Understanding, with beautiful lyrics by Robert Goldwater, was a runner up for Children in Need and was aired on BBC Radio Manchester, prompting requests from schools for copies. It was premiered by the Marcliff Singers and is still available to choirs.
'I've just listened to your song "Make Life worth Living Again" and wanted to tell you how much I loved it. I had tears in my eyes at the end! ,,,the style reminds me of Abba's...it covers all about the world we live in today and how much better we would be if we all loved again...I absolutely loved it! Penny Evans, singer
Regina Ensah, from Stretford has been learning the violin since she was about five. Now aged 9, she has just taken her grade 3 exam, with me as her accompanist. Mum, Grace drove us into Manchester but it took her so long to park, due to new road systems in the city, that she missed Regina's exam. She did very well and passed with a merit.
Below: Regina and I rehearsing.
Lessons are aimed at adults and children aged 7 and over with no upper limit and to a few young students below 16 who are gifted pianists.
Ten-year-old Sue Di, who has been studying here for four years, has now moved to Sweden. Before she left, she received a distinction for her grade 3 exam. Her place has now been snapped up by 7-year-old Ryan Sun, who appeared recently in the stage musical, Miss Saigon
Sue Di and I at her final piano lesson
more gifted juniors
Jerry Sun, aged 12, won an award at the Alderley Edge Music Festival last year. He attended Chetham's International Music Festival in August 2017 and plays piano and keyboards at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, which he attends. (See Blog Jerry's A Winnert!) Jerry has studied here since he was 7. Last year, he won a Commendment at Bowdon Youth Festival for his performance of Chopin's Grande Valse Brillante. This year, Jerry came third at the Music Fest at Alderley Edge. He passed his Grade 7 exam in March with Merit. Jerry lives in Hale Barns.
Another Altrincham Grammar School student, William Gong started here 7 years ago. William, from Timperley, has just passed his Grade 7 exam and is developing his Chopin repertoire.
Sean Wang, who has also been here 7 years and is Grade 7 level, moved to Urmston but continues with his lessons with me because he likes coming here. That's quite a compliment! His latest recital was for senior citizens and they enjoyed his playing so much, he went through his entire repertoire.
I'm a pianist, composer, accompanist and piano tutor. I have an MA from Salford University and I've done a business course at Manchester Business School.
I'm a former PR consultant, award-winning author and national journalist and I've been an educational publisher.
I've lived in Paris and worked in Madrid and Colombo and I've travelled the world for UNESCO.
I'm a grad of Manchester Buddhist Centre's Mindfulness for Health and Wellbeing programme and I incorporate this in my piano teaching.
I began playing the piano when I was five years old.
I've performed semi-professionally as accompanist for dancers, singers and other instrumentalists.
I studied at the Manchester School of Music, where I also studied drama. My teachers were concert pianists Richard Greatorex, Robert O'Neill, Vincent Billington and the wonderful Robert Gregory, who studied with Theodore Leschetizky in Vienna.
Theodore Leschetizky (1830-1915) was a Polish piano teacher and composer, who studied with composer Carl Czerny in Vienna. Czerny was a pupil of Beethoven. Leschetizky began teaching aged 15. His students became renowned internationally, including Paderewski, Schnabel, Moiseiwitsch, and Witgenstein. His students passed on The Leschetizky Method and techniques to their students who have also passed them on.
So this is my pedigree:
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Carl Czerny (1791-1857)
Theodore Leschetizky (1830-1915)
Robert Gregory (?-1956)
Diane Paul (? - )
More recently I've studied with my friend, international concert pianist Andrew Wilde.
I have been teaching for 14 years at my east Didsbury studio.
I'm a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and The Society of Authors.
students come from...
central and south Manchester, and Cheshire.. I've taught people from Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Bramhall, Gatley, Cheadle and further afield from Timperley, Altrincham, Hale Barns, Wilmslow and even Knutsford and Macclesfield. They come from a wide range of backgrounds including football, IT consultants, lots of medics,, TV production, marketing, writers and entrepreneurs.
I’d love to hear from you!
manchester piano tutor for adults and children: east didsbury, manchester