Events

June 6, 2024
May Roundup

May was a busy month for music, here at Forsyth and across Manchester! From the Manchester Jazz Festival to the North West Guitar Show, read on to see what we got up to in May We're always up to something, keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date info! --- It wouldn't be May in Manchester without the Manchester Jazz Festival and the 17th-26th May saw the return of Manchester's longest running music festival.  Once again we supplied pianos for the piano trail. Which this year saw 14 pianos placed around the city (including our usual street piano outside the shop!)  It was amazing to see so many entries for the competition to find Manchester's best 'Street Pianist', all you had to do was post a video on social media of you playing one of the street pianos. The judges are still deciding on the winner so stay tuned... --- Alongside the piano trail we also hosted one of the performances as part of the festival. On the 24th May we were joined by legendary Jazz Pianist Julian Joseph for a fantastic evening of...

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We have a busy month of free piano recitals and workshops at Forsyths in Manchester and would like to spread the word and hope to welcome many of you to one (or all!) We have a busy rolling programme of performances and workshops throughout the year - keep an eye on our website or sign up to our newsletter for the most up to date information! --- Wednesday 5 June, 7:00 PM ~ Paul Harris 'How to sight-read' Workshop Can Everyone Learn to Sight-Read? Paul Harris Says Yes! Join us for a captivating presentation where Paul introduces his new book, How to Sight Read. He’ll explore the common myth that sight-reading is an innate ability reserved for a few. Discover how his book breaks down this misconception and offers accessible methods to develop this essential skill. Don’t miss this insightful preview into effective sight-reading techniques!  This is proving very popular - but a few seats are still available! --- Friday 7 June, 6:30 PM ~ Benjamin Frith and Heidi Rolfe - Scheherazade and a Russian Air We are delighted to welcome back...

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May 9, 2024
Forsyth goes Live!

Here are our upcoming events, as always keep an eye on our events page and social medias for the most up to date information! Thanks to the support of the Ida Carroll Trust we are able to offer recitals free of charge. Manchester Jazz Festival Piano Trail 18 April to 26 May 2024 We're proud to be teaming up with Manchester Jazz Festival for a third year bringing the joy of street pianos to venues far and wide across Manchester for everyone to enjoy. This year there will be 14 pianos across the city including 'new comers' Aviva Studios (home of Factory International) and Trafford Palazzo near the Trafford Centre. Old Favourites include the Yamaha grand pianos at Harvey Nichols and the Corn Exchange as well as the iconic street pianos at Piccadilly and Victoria Stations. More information is available here --- Friday 10 May, 6:30 PM - Piano Recitals by Tristan MacWhirter & Pam Kijoran, Students of Alexandra Dariescu Forsyth Music Shop is delighted to present an evening dedicated to the art of piano, featuring Tristan MacWhirter...

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Manchester Jazz Festival Piano Trail 18 April to 26 May 2024 (Download your own copy of the leaflet here.) We're proud to be teaming up with Manchester Jazz Festival for a third year bringing the joy of street pianos to venues far and wide across Manchester for everyone to enjoy. This year there will be 14 pianos across the city including 'new comers' Aviva Studios (home of Factory International) and Trafford Palazzo near the Trafford Centre. Old Favourites include the Yamaha grand pianos at Harvey Nichols and the Corn Exchange as well as the iconic street pianos at Piccadilly and Victoria Stations. The pianos will be appearing over the next few days ready for the launch on Thursday at Manchester Piccadilly Station from 12.30 where performers from Chethams School of music will be starting us off with some jazz ensemble music. There are lots of prizes to be won including a Yamaha digital piano - for details on how to enter etc visit:- https://manchesterjazz.com/mjf2024-piano-trail/ Thank you to Yamaha Music with helping to sponsor the...

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Friday 12th April 2024 6.30pm - Violin and Piano Recital with John Sabar and Jonathan Hayward We are delighted to welcome John Sabar and Jonathan Hayward to perform a varied programme for violin and piano as part of our continuing free recital series hosted in our historic piano showroom. Programme:  Caprice Viennois - Kreisler  La Gitana - Kreilser  Moonlight Sonata - Beethoven G minor unaccompanied Violin sonata (3rd mvt) - Bach St Francis of Paule Walks on the Waves - Liszt Violin Sonata in A major - Brahms --- Thursday 25 April 6.30-7.30pm - Free Solo Piano Recital by Dobromir Tsenov exploring Bulgarian music by Pipkov and Vladigerov The Bulgarian pianist, Dobromir Tsenov, has been exploring and promoting the works of various Bulgarian composers for several years to great acclaim. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the RNCM, focusing on Bulgarian piano music and will be sharing his passion with us performing an hour of glorious music. Programme: Lyubomir Pipkov - 'Pastorale', op. 24 and 'Bulgarian Suite', op....

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Our free recital series continues as we move into Spring. Read on to see what exciting events are happening at Forsyth and beyond over the next few months For the most up to date information on upcoming events, see our main events page here --- Friday 22 March, 6:30 PM - Through Sickness and Health - A Charity Concert for Manchester Mind Join us on the 22nd March for "Through Sickness and Health" a charity concert supporting Manchester Mind. This unique event intertwines music, dance, and visual art to explore the journey from mental illness to mental health. The evening will feature the emotive piano artistry of María Linares, alongside the creative talents of painter Sophie Iliaifair, who will create a live painting inspired by the concert's themes. Adding to the multisensory experience, dancer Lucy Wilson-Knight will interpret the music and visual art through her expressive dance. This collaborative performance, curated by Gema Lu Cai, promises an engaging and meaningful experience for all attendees. Entry to the event is...

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February 3, 2024
Upcoming Events

Our free recital series is still going strong. See below for our upcoming events in February and March. For the most up to date information on our upcoming events see the main events page here --- Wednesday 7 February 2024, 6:30 PM - Luke Jones, piano recital Join us for an evening with Luke Jones, a Welsh pianist lauded for his competition triumphs and performances with major orchestras. A graduate of Chetham’s School of Music and the RNCM, his playing is defined by precision and depth.PROGRAMME (1 Hour): J.S. Bach – Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in E-flat BWV 988 W.A. Mozart – Sonata in D, K.311 F. Chopin – Scherzo No.2 in b-flat minor, Op.31 J. Brahms – Variations on a theme of Paganini, Op.35 Book 1 --- Saturday 24 February 2024, - Laiton Trumpet Quartet - Recital and Workshop Join us for an afternoon drop in workshop followed by an evening recital with local quartet Laiton Trumpet Quartet Drop in Workshop: 4:00 - 5:30 PMEvening Recital: 6:30 - 7:00 PM Performers:Grace Harman, Erin Mclellan, Charlotte Nuta and Isabel...

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February 1, 2024
Catch Up!

January is always a cold and dark month, but we made sure to brighten it with music! Keep reading for a summary of what we got up to in January --- We had our first two concerts of the year We were delighted to kickstart our 2024 concert series by welcoming back professional concert pianist Duncan Honeybourne to share the music of a little known English composer Jessy Reason whose works he will be releasing on a new recording in early 2024.  Our second concert featured 19th and 20th-century piano music from students of Kathryn Stott. We were excited to host Alex Lin, Lola Flexen, Justine Gormley, Anna Demianchuk, and Juanjo Blazquez who bought to life a selection of 19th and 20th century pieces See our upcoming concerts, as well as program details for past concerts here --- One particular guitar got its 15 minutes of fame on our Facebook page when asked what shapes people could see in the Ziricote HPL Pattern on its back. We can't really decide whether we see a Bat, an angry Owl or a Staffordshire Bull Terrier in amongst the...

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19th and 20th-c. piano music from students of Kathryn Stott: Friday 26th January 2024 Forsyth Music Shop is excited to host an evening of piano music with Alex Lin, Lola Flexen, Justine Gormley, Anna Demianchuk, and Juanjo Blazquez. Under the guidance of Kathryn Stott, these students will bring to life a selection of 19th and 20th century pieces. Event Details Date: 26th January Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Location: Forsyth Music Shop, 126 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 2GR Free Entry - Booking Required Admission is free, but booking is necessary due to limited seating. To book, click here, call us at 0161 834 3281, or email [email protected]. Programme Alex Lin Schubert: Valses Nobles Lola Flexen Lili Boulanger: Théme et Variations Justine Gormley Bernstein: Anniversary for Felicia Montealegre Earl Wild: Seven Virtuoso Etudes based on Gershwin Songs No. 3: The Man I Love No. 4: Embraceable You No. 6: I've Got Rhythm Anna Demianchuk Poulenc: Mélancolie Juanjo Blazquez Chopin: Barcarolle, Op. 60...

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November 29, 2023
November Update!

November has been busy as we gear up for the festive season! Read on to see what we've been up to This month our regular concert series featured Mimi Chow & Aaron Le Maistre with Kathryn Stott performing French Piano Classics We also hosted a wonderful Charity Performance with Alan Clark from Dire Straits fundraising for Olympias Music Foundation. Alan's sold-out concert raised a whopping £1,035 for OMF - the equivalent of 52 music lessons, or music lessons for 1.75 OMF children for a whole year! Finally, we supported an awareness campaign by Prevent Breast Cancer in Manchester Piccadilly station. They made fantastic use of our street piano there, and we also provided the PA for Suzie Rubin who performed on the day. See our upcoming events here --- Across our social media platforms this month we've been highlighting some of our entry level guitars. Perfect for yourself or a loved one for Christmas! Cort G250SE These Cort G250SE are very versatile instrument, suiting many different playing styles. They also come in a range...

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