|djudicator:||James Kirby GRSM (Hons), LRSM, ARAM||Closing date for entries: 14th November 2021|
|Venue:||Crookhorn College, Waterlooville, PO7 5UD||* Please send entries to: Carol Frogley|
|Dates:||21st -23rd February 2022||34 Woodlands Avenue, Emsworth, PO10 7QE|
|* Enter online below under Subcategories|
For nearly three decades James Kirby has been active as a solo pianist, chamber musician, teacher, adjudicator and ABRSM examiner.
Piano teaching has become one of the most important aspects of his musical life and he currently holds three posts: at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Royal Holloway, University of London and Eton College. He has a private teaching practice at his home in London, where he has a beautiful studio and two Steinway Grand Pianos.
He has huge experience teaching children and adults from beginners to Grade 8 and beyond. Every student is unique in character and personality and will progress at a different pace and he enjoys tailoring his teaching to suit each person’s capability. A considerable number of his advanced students have graduated from Conservatoires and Universities and have established successful careers as performers and teachers. However there is nothing as important as a good start and he loves teaching these important initial stages just as much as the advanced ones.
As an ABRSM examiner, he provides valuable insight into preparation for these exams. For many years he recorded the ABRSM demonstration CD of the Grade 1-3 piano pieces. He also encourages and supports his students to take part in local Music Festivals, should they so wish.
As a soloist and chamber musician, James performs regularly throughout the UK and Europe. His recital work includes appearances at major concert series in many countries. He has been a member of the Barbican Piano Trio since 1992, performing regularly at Wigmore Hall and in major UK festivals and concert series, and throughout Europe and the USA. He has served on the Juries of several international Piano competitions and gives many masterclasses, both in the UK and overseas, and most recently in China and Hong Kong. He is in considerable demand as an adjudicator and is a member of the ABRSM examining panel, which has taken him to Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Indonesia and many European countries.
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A group of three or four players, any combination of orchestral/school instruments TO INCLUDE A PIANIST. Please state the title and length of the chosen music on the entry form.
These classes are open to any age but performers must be members of the same family or friends.
Entrants may take part in one of these classes. Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes.
Entrants may take part on only ONE of these classes. Please enter a time limit of 10 minutes.
Please note that amateur status applies to entrants without musical qualifications, and who do not work as a performer or teacher in a professional (paid) capacity.
To show improvement in piano technique. See the syllabus for full details and set repertoire.
Own choice of music from film, TV, musical or popular music arranged for piano.
For adjudication only: an opportunity for you to play any one piece for your next examination to be taken in Spring or Summer of the current Festival year. (From any current examination syllabus: ABRSM, Trinity College, Guildhall, etc.)
Any one piece with improvisation.
A novice is a performer who has not been learning the piano for more than 18 months on 1st January in the current Festival year.
An opportunity to show your versatility as an instrumentalist. Perform one piece on the piano and another on any other instrument (e.g. recorder, clarinet, cello, trumpet, voice etc.) with or without an accompaniment. Own choice, any age under 18. Please state the second instrument, titles, composers and total time of the chosen music on the entry form.
A group of contrasting pieces. N.B. Performers will be assessed on their choice of programme, dress and presentation as well as their performance and are encouraged to play one piece from memory. They should introduce their programme to the audience. Introductions are included in the time limit. Please note: Music chosen should be appropriate to grades specified.
Please state title and exact times on the entry form.