Mar 04, 2020

The Holistic Primary Piano Teacher at Music and Drama Education Expo | London - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Wednesday 4 March 11 - 11.45 a. m.

Seminar Theatre

Music and Drama Education Expo

Olympia London

W14 8UX

The Expo runs 4 March 9.00 - 17.00 and 5 March 9.00 - 16.30.

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“We must all forget those old, ridiculous rules” (attributed to Peter Feuchtwanger in The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, T. E. Carhart, Vintage, 2001, p. 187)

When teaching piano pieces at primary level, what is your starting-point? What are your priorities? Do you embrace a truly holistic approach to technique? This seminar is a chance to wave goodbye to any lingering outdated, unergonomic ‘rules’ that may even impact our teaching subconsciously.

Learn fresh strategies for integrating meaningful, joyful learning with healthy, expressive coordination, every step of the way. As a creative, inspiring teacher, ensure that you preserve and perfect the flowing, expressive coordination of those most ‘gifted’ and cultivate the same in those that struggle.

This seminar will explore the goldmine that is a Grade 1 piano piece from fresh, holistic perspectives.  

In this session, delegates will learn fresh strategies for:


  •  Preserving, cultivating and maintaining healthy, expressive coordination at every stage

  •  Ensuring that students know and love the musical sounds of their pieces in detail

  •  Helping students to embody relevant theory, joyfully and meaningfully

  •  Avoiding technical difficulty and processing blocks in post-Grade 1 repertoire

Weekend Course - Playing by Ear for Pleasure and Technique - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Friday 18 - Sunday 20 October 2019

​Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm

BA11 3NY

I'm thrilled to be returning to Jackdaws with this new and exciting course. Booking now open!

Stuck with the score? Seeking fresh strategies for fluent playing - maybe even from memory?

Explore playing by ear for pleasure, memorising and technique. Even with the score as your starting-point, an increasingly aural approach can yield huge rewards.

This course constitutes true aural training in practice – discovering or rediscovering the value of the ears in piano playing in practical, meaningful contexts.

Full details and booking

Dec 02, 2018

One Day Course - Playing the Piano by Ear - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm

BA11 3NY

10.00 - 16.00

£45 including lunch

Course No. 3312

I'm delighted to have been invited to Jackdaws as a new tutor in this, their 25th anniversary year. 


Escape the score and make friends with the piano in fresh ways! If you’ve always played from sheet music, you may find that you lack the confidence to play by ear.


This One Day course, for all pianists from beginners to intermediate players, will introduce techniques for playing by ear from scratch. The course will include non-intimidating singing, rhythm and improvisation activities alongside pentatonic melodies and simple classical music. The principles taught are widely applicable to music in any genre.

For more details and to register, please visit the Jackdaws site

Jul 11, 2018

Frome Festival Children's Concert - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Christ Church, Frome

BA11 1EH

13.30 - 14.40 EVENT CODE 1206

Pianist Stephen Marquiss brings back The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant to the Frome Festival, by popular demand.


This engaging, interactive concert is especially suitable both for under 9s and the young at heart.


Alongside Babar, narrated by Alan Burgess, enjoy excerpts from The Carnival of the Animals and Mother Goose, along with audience participation.


Please bring a soft toy. 


Admission price £8 for adult/ child pair. For an extra child add £2. No unaccompanied children. Adult without child £6

Book here

Jun 23, 2018

Concert and Curry - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Limpley Stoke, nr Bath, England

18.00 - 22.00

£25 to include curry

An exclusive, intimate set to raise funds and awareness for an important local campaign to build a pedestrian bridge to improve road safety.

Mozart - Sonata in A k. 331 'Alla Turca'

Arr. Marquiss - Three Folk songs

Mendelssohn - Andante and Rondo Capriccioso

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Apr 13, 2018

Eclectic Musical Evening at Southside House, Wimbledon - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Southside House,

London SW19 4RJ

18.00 - 21.30

An eclectic range of music from superb musicians in a stunning setting.

Tickets limited to 50 on a first come, first served basis.

Please visit for full details and booking.

Mar 08, 2018

A Concert for Wellbeing - THIS EVENT HAS PASSED

Hazlegrove Preparatory School,

BA22 7JA

19.00 - 20.00

Free entry (tickets required), retiring collection

A fundraising concert to remind us of the soothing and healing qualities of music, featuring Victoria Sayles, Stephen Marquiss, James Rippingale, Andrew Keenan and guest musicians.

For full details, please visit the Hazlegrove School Website

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