I'm a female tenor - there aren't a lot of us about. I've sung 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). A year later, we sang at the Manchester Festival in Manchester Cathedral Gardens. I'm now singing online with them and I belong to 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, as topical as ever.
'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
Thanks Glenys and Penny. And I'm about to embark on a songwriting course run by the University of Sheffield while I'm in lockdown.
my student background
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.
Theordore 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 (1882-1957)
Diane Paul (19?? - )
I have been teaching for 18 years at my east Didsbury studio.
I'm a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and The Society of Authors.
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 had four non-fiction books published and won two BMA book awards.
I've lived in America and Paris and worked in Madrid and Colombo and 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 (including Barry Manilow) and other instrumentalists and performed as a duettist.
Students come from...
all over Greater Manchester and Cheshire normally; now they are welcome for online lessons from anywhere in the UK or abroad.
They come from all walks of life: sport; creative writing; the arts; often from IT and health backgrounds to de-stress; management; teaching, retirees and homemakers.
I’d love to hear from you!
manchester piano tutor for adults and children: east didsbury, manchester