Grade 1 – Piano Exam

(Updated Dec 2013)
ABRSM Grade 1 Exam – The vital statistics: The current entry fee (2014) is £36.25. The next exam period is 3rd March- 5th April 2014 and the closing date for entry to these exams will be 24th January 2014. Alongside the playlist of demonstration videos for the current Grade 1 pieces, I have added some slow demo videos of some of the pieces which my students have specifically requested to help with their studies.

The next in my vodcast series on piano exams. In this video, watch Amelia sit her Grade 1 piano exam. This time, not one of my videos,  ABRSM have staged an example of a Grade 1 piano exam which is a great way to give candidates an idea of what it is like to sit the exam. If only Stanley Palace, the venue used for the Chester exams was able to offer a wonderful grand piano as in this video! At least you can expect the same professional, supportive attitude from any of the ABRSM examiners, though the papers on their desk might not always be quite so beautifully aligned.

ABRSM: Grade 1 Piano Exam Video

Studio Open Day



On Saturday 7th September, we had a light afternoon tea with 30 guests comprising of some of my students and members of their families. Centrepiece of the table were some bespoke piano cupcakes expertly designed and produced by Louise at The Scullery. Wish I could say I made them myself!

Though the weather was not altogether kind on the day we were able to spend some time in the garden and in the studio. An informal recital on the new pianos was followed by an impromptu jam session in which four of my students took part directed from the pBone!

It would be nice to have another Studio Open Day at some point in the future though the next event in the diary will be the concert series culminating with a concert at All Saints on Saturday 16th November. More details about the concerts to follow, once they have been finalised.

New Start, New Studio

Huntington Piano StudioWelcome back to the new term. I hope everybody has had a good summer break and managed to find some time to do some practise during the holidays. A lot has changed here at Will Hay Piano Tuition. Most notable is the new studio in Saighton with two new pianos!

Given the choice every one of my students has opted to play the “black” piano in the studio, the 1980 Yamaha U3. It has a lovely rich tone without being overly bright and pingy. The “white” piano is a Roland FP-4F digital piano with an ivory feel weighted keyboard which offers hundreds of other sounds for making accompaniments and backing tracks. The portability of this instrument means that it’s great for playing at wedding ceremonies, receptions, parties and corporate events around Cheshire.

I have been able to take on 25 new students with the new schedule and 66 have been able to continue their studies with me either at the studio or at their homes and schools around Chester. Most of my teaching time is now fully subscribed but if you know of people interested in having lessons then do please still get in touch.

The studio before!The studio before the conversion!

Naves unrobed

Naves Unrobed

On Saturday 15th June at 6pm, I will be accompanying some of the items in a concert performed by members of the Cathedral Nave Choir. It will take place in the song school at Chester Cathedral. Amongst other items, the concert will include the Cats Duet sung by Becky Hay and Tamsyn Casley as featured in my Creatures Great and Small concert last summer.

Tickets are £5 each which includes a welcome drink, available from the cathedral shop or on the door. It promises to be a jolly evening of summer entertainment. Hope to see you there!


“Happily Ever After” Concert Series

Happily Ever After Cover Photo

The theme for the concerts this term is “Happily Ever After“.
Dates, times, and venues are as follows:

Sat 8th June 1100am – All Saints Church, Hoole
Tues 11th June 0910am – St. Oswald’s School
Mon 17th June 0910am – Upton Heath School
Thu 20th June 0910am – Saighton School
Thu 20th June 1020am – Eccleston School

As well as themed solos on a variety of instruments, my students have been taking part in a number of collaborative compositions which should result in some intresting multimedia performances in the forthcoming concerts. Parents of those involved are welcome to attend the school concerts and anybody is invited to the first concert in the series at All Saints Church, Hoole.
For this concert there is a ticket charge (suggested donation) of £3/adult, £1/child, proceeds of which go towards supporting a lesson bursary at  Kampala Music School, Uganda.