Creatives’ Corner

This year we launch a new Creatives’ Corner, which will allow visitors to meet the faces behind the teaching books and resources we use every day: a rolling programme of meet-and-greets with top authors, allowing you to ask the questions you always wanted to ask: “Why did you go with finger three here? Can you recommend additional similar repertoire for my students? Oh, and, yes, thank you so much, your book has transformed my teaching.”

Stop by, meet your book heroes, have a chat and get your books signed. Oh and did we mention we’ve bought a tonne of polaroids?! Have your pic taken and add it to our photo wall of fame. We’ll be tweeting the best ones!


Thursday 22nd February

Hanh Doan & David Guinane | How to teach Secondary Music: 100 inspiring ideas [Collins Music]
11.30 – 12.00
Meet book heroes Hanh and David – music teachers and authors of award-nominated How to teach Secondary Music: 100 inspiring ideas. Chat secondary music strategies, get your books signed and pose for photos!

Liz Partridge | 4 Strings [Boosey & Hawkes]
13.00 – 13.30
Meet educational string repertoire specialist Liz Partridge who compiled and edited the hugely popular 4 Strings series; a resource which showcases contemporary string quartet repertoire from leading composers to encourage and facilitate the development of ensemble playing. Chat string repertoire and ideas for using her books with your students, get your books signed and pose for photos!

Sarah Watts | Razzamajazz piano series, the Red Hot Recorder [Kevin Mayhew]
13.45 – 14.15
Meet prolific composer for piano and woodwind Sarah Watts and quiz her on her Razzamajazz and Red Hot Recorder series! Chat piano duo and recorder repertoire, pick up tips on approaches to her pieces, get your books signed and pose for photos!

Andrew Higgins | Birds Études–Tableaux for piano [EVC Publications]
14.30 – 15.00
Andrew Higgins’ longstanding interest in birdlife has led him to create six virtuoso piano studies, each one representing a different creature and offering performers the chance to explore individual characters and technique. Find out more about translating character into the musical language, chat improvisation and piano technique and pose for photos!

Douglas Coombes | Various choral works [Lindsay Music]
15.15 – 15.45
Douglas Coombes is a prolific composer, choral clinician and conductor and is the choral consultant for the annual BBC TV Songs of Praise School Choirs of the Year competition. Chat choral repertoire, conducting technique, get your books signed and pose for photos!

Christopher Norton | Microjazz [Boosey & Hawkes]
16.00 – 16.30
Christopher Norton is best known for his world-famous series Microjazz as well as his Preludes, Concert Collections and Essential Guides to Pop, Latin and Jazz Styles. He has also created the Micromusicals series – short curriculum-linked musicals for children aged 5-11. Chat piano repertoire, tips on teaching from the Microjazz series, get your books signed and pose for photos!


Friday 23rd February

Ben Crosland | Magic Beans jazz piano series [Musica Ferrum]
10.45 – 11.15
Ben’s work for solo piano have been a constant companion to many piano teachers in the UK and overseas, and his works have been included in the ABRSM and Trinity exam syllabusses. Meet Ben to chat jazz piano repertoire, explore tips on teaching his work to students, get books signed and pose for photos!

Paul Coles | From Start to Finish guitar series [Universal Edition]
11.30 – 12.00
Known for his contemporary pieces that are technically interesting but accessible for most players to perform and enjoy, Paul’s works range from pieces for the developing musician, to commissioned works performed and premiered by some of the world’s leading guitarists. Meet Paul, chat guitar repertoire, get books signed and pose for photos!

Katherine Fisher & Dr. Julie Knerr | Piano Safari  [Alfred Publishing]
13.00 – 13.30
Meet the creators of Piano Safari, a beginner piano method series which has taken the US piano education scene by storm and is now set to do the same in the UK. Chat beginner technique, approaches and repertoire, get books signed and pose for photos!

Lin Marsh | Songscape series [Faber Music]
14.30 – 15.00
Creator of the hugely successful Songscape and Junior Songscape series, Lin will be on-hand to chat repertoire for young voices and linking singing to the curriculum. Meet Lin, talk shop, get books signed and pose for photos!

James Rae | Various works for woodwind [Universal Edition]
15.15 – 15.45
Meet the hugely popular James Rae, one of Europe’s most published writers of educational wind music. With over 120 publications to his credit, many of his pieces are to be found on wind examination syllabuses worldwide. Meet James, chat repertoire, get books signed and pose for photos!


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