What we're about
A friendly group for adults learning all styles of piano. Ideal for nervous performers, sessions are a relaxed opportunity to play for a small audience of supportive fellow pianists. There's no instruction or criticism, just a chance to gain performance experience and meet other learners.
Sessions (usually) take place at a school in Chelsea with a good grand piano. We each play a piece in turn, going round the group until time is up - usually there's time for 2-3 pieces each.
The price of £7.50 (paid on the night) goes to the school for upkeep of the piano/music dept.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I GET REALLY NERVOUS PLAYING IN FRONT OF PEOPLE, IS THIS GROUP FOR ME?
Yes. The main purpose of the group is to provide a safe place to get performance experience and learn how to handle nerves.
HOW DOES THE WAITLIST WORK?
If someone drops out the space is automatically allocated in order. Most events have a few dropouts so the sooner you get on the waitlist the better your chance of getting a place.
I'M ON THE WAITLIST, SHOULD I JUST TURN UP ANYWAY?
Unless you have a confirmed place please do not show up as it can cause security problems. It also makes my evening more complicated and I'm already quite stressed enough dealing with my performance nerves.
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL?
Change your status as soon as you know you're not coming. Do this right up to the start of the event. This applies even if you are on the waitlist.
IS IT INCREDIBLY RUDE IF I 'NO SHOW'?
Yes. You keep the rest of us waiting around for you and take up a place someone else could have had. Because it's so unfair on everybody else, failing to show up too many times could result in you being barred from the group.
WHAT IS THE LEVEL OF PLAYING ABILITY IN THE GROUP?
Generally we're talking about grades 2-8 level.
WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC IS PLAYED?
All kinds are welcome.
WHAT IS THE FORMAT AND HOW LONG CAN I PLAY?
We go round the group each playing a piece in turn. Usually there’s time to go round at least twice, often three times, occasionally more. The aim is that everyone gets a fair share of the time available. If you've done a longer piece than everyone else and we're running out of time please volunteer to sit a round out.
WILL THERE BE ANY COACHING OR ADVICE?
No. Other than expressions of encouragement, we specifically ask everyone to keep their opinions of other's playing to themselves.
CAN I JUST WATCH?
No. We ask that everyone attending plays. Knowing that the audience is made up of people who are going through the same thing as you is what creates the supportive 'all in it together' atmosphere that's the essential element of our group.
CAN I BRING A FRIEND?
No. For the same reasons as above.
CAN MY CHILD/STUDENT COME?
No. Attendees must be 18 or over.
I'M AN ACCOMPLISHED PIANIST - CAN I STILL COME?
If you can genuinely call what you want to do at one of our sessions a 'learning' exercise then you are welcome, but... There are plenty of performance opportunities for skilled players and very few for those of us not so far along the road to pianism. Our groups are kept deliberately small and that means we're nearly always oversubscribed. If all you want to do it show off your skills please don't take up one of our limited number of spaces.
CAN I PARK NEARBY?
Probably not. If you do decide to drive, please leave yourself plenty of time to find a place.