Expired Romantic Piano Music with James Lisney

  •  January 5, 2024 - January 7, 2024
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Level: Advanced
Fee: £336

Romantic Piano Music

with James Lisney

The advances in technology and manufacturing processes wrought during the Industrial Revolution were a potent catalyst for the development of piano as an instrument, both on the concert hall and in the home. At the same time, the expressive range of the music written for the instrument extended in its range, expressive intentions, and virtuosity.

At the vanguard of this movement came Schubert, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Robert Schumann, and Liszt. This weekend course will explore this extraordinary treasury of music from these giants but it is hoped that students will also be inspired to bring examples by others such as Alkan, Clara Schumann, Symanowska, Weber and Hummel. Music that really exploits the piano and its ability to glorify itself, the orchestra, the voice and the remarkable poetry of the nineteenth century.

James Lisney, a regular visitor to Jackdaws, enjoys a distinguished career that moves seamlessly between solo and concerto performances, chamber music and song, masterclass courses, and the curation of concert series in some of Europe’s most important concert halls. Recent initiatives have included a Schubert piano sonata cycle in Mumbai, a series of late masterpieces at St George’s Bristol and the Prague Rudolfinum, Chopin recitals to mark his sixtieth birthday. He is now involved with a project to perform Liszt’s Années de Pelerinage and the Harmonies poetiques in France and the Netherlands.

James Lisney is renowned for his work with adult pianists and his piano courses in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom are extremely popular. He welcomes pianists of all abilities to the course at Jackdaws and recommends that they bring three pieces of repertoire for the class and final concert.

A £70 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.

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Venue Phone: 01373 812383

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, United Kingdom


Course Information

Is this Course right for me?

The answer is probably yes as we welcome musicians of all abilities and backgrounds on our courses but if you would like to find out more before you book please do email or call our office manager Karolyn on 01373812383 / music@jackdaws.org and she will be able to offer further guidance.

Observer places may also be bookable subject to availability call/email the office for more information.

Please see our General Course Information pages for further details and schedule information.

Our Courses are for adult musicians (except where stated) and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, near Frome in Somerset. The Course Fee includes all tuition, meals and refreshments at Jackdaws. Courses take place in the main studio, with Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. There are several practice rooms here, too.


For Voice, Piano & Wind courses; participants are usually requested to prepare 2 – 3 pieces in advance. We will ask you to provide a repertoire list for the tutor (& accompanist) ahead of the course.

For Ensemble courses; direction will be given by the course leaders.


If you require B&B, we can arrange that for you; accommodation fees are payable in addition to the course fee.

Meals and Refreshments

Lunch, Supper and morning/afternoon refreshments will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks.  If you are vegetarian/vegan, or have a food allergy, you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

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