Upcoming **NEW COURSE** The Romantic Piano with Nicholas Walker

  •  December 6, 2024 - December 8, 2024
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Nicholas Walker


Level: Advanced
Fee: £350

The Romantic Piano

with Nicholas Walker


This advanced course explores the challenges of playing Romantic music. Romantic music is of course loved the world over, but sometimes the challenges of playing the actual notes gets in the way of the poetry of the music. Help is at hand! Among other things this course will explore the huge value of simplifications in enabling the player to understand and enjoy the meaning of the music, even before they have mastered the technical difficulties.

The Romantic period starts with composers such as Schubert and Weber, includes other great and well-known figures, such as Schumann, Chopin and Lizst, but it also stretches well into the 20th century: for instance Rachmaninov died in 1943, Medtner in 1951, Glière in 1956. Dohnanyi in 1960, John Ireland in 1962, so there’s lots to choose from.

As well as the usual suspects there’s a great deal of really first class Romantic music that is not so difficult: the whole of Europe waited for the next book of Lyric Pieces by Grieg, and there are lots of other composers who wrote such music, even Russians (who never write one note where 25,000 will do), such as Lyadov; you are welcome to bring some of that too. Of course IMSLP is tremendously helpful in sourcing items that are sadly out of print.


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.

Details Price Qty
Attendee - Deposit £70.00 (GBP)  


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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