April 17, 2018

Prize Winners

Congratulations to Grace Burthom who won 3 competitions at the Basingstoke Music  Festival in March 2018

Below is Grace with the Patricia Smart Silver Salver, for the best performance of a Chopin Solo (Open)












Congratulations to Penny Cook who won the adults advanced class “The Prue

Trophy”  at Godalming Festival in March 2018

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November 1, 2017

Send a Piano to Cuba

Dear Friends:

On 8 November 2017, the grand piano we sent from London finally arrived at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory in Havana.

I want to thank all those who supported us and expressed their solidarity with the project “Send a piano to Cuba”. This action would not have been possible without your help.

María Teresa Pita, head of the Conservatory’s Piano department, sends her infinite gratitude on behalf of all the professors and students at the music school, ‘who received this noble donation with great emotion and joy’.

It has been a long and difficult project, but very happy to have made a small but useful contribution to the education of future pianists.

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November 25, 2014

Photos from my Puppet Opera

Here are a few photos from the first performance of the opera at the Bolivar Hall.  It was very successful and hopefully it will get performed many more times.





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November 20, 2014

Premiere of the Puppet Opera “The Fisherman and his Wife”

I am so pleased to have the premiere of my puppet opera at the Cuban children’s party on the 23rd November.

The music is composed by myself , with an inventive and humorous script and puppetry by Alex Winfield.

Mezzo Soprano Latana Phoung provides the voice of the Fisherman and his wife (a difficult double act)  and Alex is the voice of Harold, the magic fish.

Entry is free so please come along with your family.

Kids Party

Concert Bolivar Hall

Sunday 23rd November

Premiere of the Puppet Opera

The fisherman and his wife

Kids Party – Cuban Style

Free entry  

Sunday 23 Nov 2014, 2-4pm

Bolivar Hall, 54 Grafton Way

London, W1T 5DL

Nearest tube station: Warren Street

Come to our children’s party and enjoy puppetry, live music and songs, buffet, drinks, photo exhibition, games, face painting, and more…

Special Guests

-  Eralys Fernandez – Pianist

-  Latana Phoung -  Musicanima Theatre

   Alex Winfield – Puppeteer and Script Writer


-  The London Lucumi Choir, with special guest  Jacob Joyce – Storyteller



Organised by: Cubanos en UK and supported by the Cuban Embassy in London. For more information email: info@cubanos.org.uk

Event on Facebook: Fiesta infantil cubana


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November 16, 2014

Master Class with John Blakeley of the Royal College of Music

We had an entertaining and very instructive masterclass given at the Academy, by John Blakeley of RCM.



( ABRSM grade 7)- Berceuse . Frank Bridge


( ABRSM grade 6)- 1st movement from Sonata in C major. Mozart K 545


( grade 7 standard ) Arabesque No. 1 . Debussy


(ABRSM grade 6) – Rondo from Sonatina in E flat op 19 No. 6




Advanced  -  1st- 2nd movements from Sonata No. 2 – Prokofiev


 ( ABRSM grade 6)  -Invention No. 14 in B flat major. Bach,  Waltz in A flat – Brahms


(Grade 7-8 standard)  Nocturne C sharp minor No. 16 KKIV- Chopin


( ABRSM grade 5)- grade 5 pieces from the current syllabus.


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July 13, 2014

Masterclass with Professor Nigel Clayton of the Royal College of Music


On the 21st June I hosted a masterclass for some of my students.  Professor Nigel Clayton of the Royal College of Music came and conducted the masterclass for students in my garden music room.  Nigel is brilliant at  teaching students and making a masterclass a fun and engaging event.

We were delighted that Hugh Wooldridge managed to make it as he has very kindly loaned me his Bechstein piano that proudly resides in the music room.   The afternoon had a party feel on a lovely summers day.

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