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  Edinburgh Piano Workshop,   August 10th - 30th 2015

The Edinburgh Piano Workshop's are presented by Kenneth van Barthold in association with Napier University, Edinburgh.

Individual attention is the keynote of this course, now in its 39th successful year. Kenneth van Barthold and his assistant Nicholas Pope provide over 50 hours of tuition a week to around twelve students.

Students from many countries include young professionals, post-graduates, piano teachers, those at or about to enter Music College or University and good amateurs of all ages.

Wide repertoire & excellent back-up facilities combine to produce a broadening musical experience.

Listeners are welcome at a reduce fee.

A striking feature of past years has been the camaraderie that emerges right from the first day of the course, often resulting in lasting friendships.

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Any pianist is welcome to join, provided they can contribute, for each week that they attend, at least one major work from the standard repertoire, such as a movement from a Sonata or Concerto. Kenneth van Barthold welcomes the chance to discuss things by telephone, fax or e-mail.

Daily Timetable

  • Mornings, 9.00 - 1.00, are devoted to open-house sessions.
  • Afternoons,1.00 - 6.00, are available for practice and individual tuition, without extra cost.
The open-house sessions consist of play-throughs during which detailed notes are taken which serve as a basis for the afternoon's practice. Proceedings are monitored and structured on a day to day basis.

Students meet as a class in the mornings to listen to each other's play-throughs. These are recorded and then serve as a basis for private practice in the afternoons. Individual tuition is also available at that time at no extra cost.

Back up resources
There are 12 practice-studios. Digital recording and closed-circuit television help students analyse their playing. The department has listening facilities, and extra scores are provided for following what is played in the morning sessions.

Final Concert
The course culminates in a series of public concerts given in the Reid Concert Hall, boasting two Steinway concert grands. Everyone is encouraged to take part and there is the opportunity for concertos and short recitals. A digital recording on Compact Disc is available for a small charge.

Course Fees
Performers £755.00 for full three week course or £310.00 for either weeks 1 or 2 and £325.00 for week 3. Listeners £200.00 per week or £50.00 per day. Since the workshop is carefully structured over the three weeks period, attendance for the full course is strongly advised. Arrangements can be made to pay by instalments.

Two types of University accomodation are available

  • Single, private bedrooms in self-catering flats; contact Kenneth van Barthold
  • Bed & Breakfast in the Pollock Halls or Residence; for more information contact the Bed & Breakfast Team at
    • Edinburgh First, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY
    • Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 2007
    • Fax: +44 (0) 131 662 9479
    • email edinburgh.first@ed.ac.uk

Kenneth van Barthold
Nicholas Pope
kenneth van barthold Born in Indonesia and educated in England, he studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Yves Nat.

He has played in Canada, France and Israel and has recorded for Decca and Darmo. He has given workshops in many countries, written a book and scripted and presented over 20 major television documentaries.

He speaks Dutch, French and some German.

nicholas pope A scholar and post-graduate student at the Royal College of Music. He then studied with Kenneth van Barthold and has worked as assistant on the Edinburgh course for over 20 years.

He also holds a BMus(Hons) from Kings College, London and has a wide experience as a repetiteur and teacher

Enquires to
Kenneth van Barthold
Arvensis, Stour Lane, Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0QJ
Telephone and Fax: +44 (0)1747 83 83 18

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