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The Piano Festival at Pangbourne College


Each year Pangbourne hosts a popular Piano Festival at the school in the Lent Term in which young pianists, aged 6 to 18, from around the south of England participate. During the event, these young musicians can make full use of the school's excellent practice rooms and recital halls in which there are Steinway pianos (the school’s pianos are all from this world-class piano manufacturer).

In each of the workshop-style classes and master-classes, a student is guided by an experienced adjudicator, who offers instant and encouraging feedback, as well as helpful demonstrations of how pieces may be played differently/improved. Prizes and certificates are awarded at the end of each competitive workshop-style class. Master-classes are a wonderful opportunity to do more in-depth work with the adjudicator on a piece, which may be one a student is preparing for an exam or concert.

More than 110 pianists on average have played in the last five one-and-a-half-day Festivals. Classes have been in the splendid environment of the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel and the cosy and intimate space of the Nancye Harding Recital Hall, with performances on the magnificent Steinway Model D concert grand piano and special Steinway Model C concert grand piano respectively. 

The date of the 10th Anniversary Piano Festival will take place on Saturday 5 March 2022 and details about the Festival will be shared in September 2021. Following the success of 2020's Festival, it has been decided to hold the classes over three venues (rather than two) on one day, so as to give more young people an opportunity to participate in this special annual event. The syllabus includes solo, duet (one piano, four hands), trio (one piano, six hands), two-piano, accompaniment and ensemble classes of all standards. 

Among the adjudicators this year will be Luis Parés BMus MMus and Pamela Chilvers, GRSM LRAM DipMTh, both very experienced adjudicators, performers, and current and former ABRSM examiners. 

To widen and encourage participation, Pangbourne College subsidises the entry to all classes and masterclasses. If, however, the cost of entry is prohibitive to any student, please contact, in confidence, the Piano Festival Coordinator, Mrs Alex Garnier at alex.garnier@pangbourne.com

Due to the time constraints of a one-day Festival, places in the classes and masterclasses are limited. If a class or masterclass is oversubscribed, the Festival organiser will operate a first-come, first-served system.

Each Piano Festival application requires a completed Entry Notes form and form of the relevant class. The deadline for entries is Friday 12 November at 5pm.


To register for a Festival application pack, please complete the form below: