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All tuition is private, on a one to one basis. There are normally two one hour lessons each day taken with each of the two tutors - Julia Cload and Michael Stembridge-Montavont.


There is a public concert given by the students on the Wednesday evening given by the students, and although participation is not compulsory, students at all levels usually take part. (See 2007 Concert details).

Julia principally teaches musicianship and interpretation, and is universally respected and loved by all her pupils, who thrive on her sympathetic and kind approach to developing the best that is within them. She studied at the Royal College of Music and at the Liszt Academy, Budapest. Private studies with Hans Keller and Maria Curcio. She has made several recordings on CD, which are available through Meridian Records

She has recently received much critical acclaim for her recording of the Bach 48 Preludes and Fugues. ‘Confirms her standing as a Bach player of the first rank’ ‘I know of no more richly satisfying Bach playing by anyone, past or present, recorded or otherwise’. Daniel Stearns September/October 2005 edition of Piano

Michael principally teaches technique and methods of overcoming common difficulties, ranging from simple everyday problems to the worst that Chopin can inflict on you. He studied at the Royal College of Music and subsequently in Paris with the former assistant of Alfred Cortot (see article published in 'Piano' Magazine) He is encouraged in his career by François René Duchâble.

‘Un virtuose incontesté’ OUEST FRANCE
‘Cortot aurait aimé’ JEAN MICAULT





See also further article published in Pianist magazine

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