To both the general public and professional artist -
At the Royal Northern College of Music
- Domestic tuning & piano maintenance
- Piano regulation & repair
- Piano reconditioning
- Concert preparation work
- Responsibility for the tuning and maintenance of the
piano stock and piano technical support to students, staff and visiting artists during
masterclasses, performances and recordings.
Domestic tuning & piano maintenance
years (full time) of experience providing piano tuning and technical support for domestic customers
and venues, and working with notable professional artists to provide musically
appealing and stable instruments. Regular customers enjoy their instrument to
the fullest as their pianos perform optimally - thus enabling the musician to enjoy the full potential of their instrument.
of the sound by various techniques to give an even and more pleasing
tone throughout. The tone of a specific piano can often be modified to
meet customer preferences but specific areas of the keyboard span that
have changed with extended use can be matched in to the piano tone as a
whole. Piano regulation & repair
improvements to the playability of a piano can be achieved by
regulation and adjustment to the piano keyboard and action. Even a
relatively new piano is often able to be hugely improved by regulation to produce a more responsive
touch. Irregularities with the adjustment of individual keys translates into a
less predictable and controllable feel, which can in turn dimish the potential for
musical accomplishment. Regular servicing is essential in order to produce the best results. Piano reconditioning
pianos can often benefit from a partial or complete action rebuild. As
a piano is used certain components wear out, which degrades the way the piano action performs. Often
wear is more pronounced around the centre section of the keyboard which
is typically more well used. Addtionally damage by moth or atmospheric
conditions can damage intricate parts of the piano action mechanism.
Reconditioning works can attract a relatively high cost but can also
enable instruments with historic, visual or sentimental value to
continue to produce an enjoyable and musical experience.Concert preparation work
and experienced concert technicians are an indispensible part of the
support team essential for successful concerts and live events. Not all
piano tuners are able, willing or have the technical skills necessary
to undertake piano work at this highest level. This is an essential
service for promoters of concerts wherever pianos take centre stage.
a piano for public performance requires much more of the technician
than the obviously essential production of a good and stable tuning.
Different performers have different requirements and the conscientious
technician makes sure that everything possible is done so that each
performer feels confident in the piano's ability to perform as they
require it to and are therefore able to play without the piano being a
barrier to their performance. So many pianists complain of having had
to struggle and fight with concert pianos; my objective is always
to eradicate problems and to collaborate with each performer to fulfill
their requirements as closely as is possible. Artist relations is a key
part of the concert technician's role and is something which only comes
with experience. 30 years of experience
in offering concert preparation services for various venues and events
of all genres, combined with excellent communication skills with the musicians I work
with, including the necessary technical skills to take ownership and
responsibility for every aspect of the piano's performance throughout
recitals have all made me a popular choice for promoters across the UK.
I am willing to travel in order to undertake high level technical concert work - fees on application. References available.
Links to societies & organisations who are current major customers :-
Royal Northern College of Music
An extensive time table of events at the Manchester Conservatoire
Malvern Piano Festival 2012
Ribble Valley International Piano Week
for this exciting week long piano festival featuring stunning
award-winning pianists held each July at Westholme Theatre, Westholme
School, Meins Rd, Blackburn.
Harris Music Club
Programmes for monthly lunchtime concerts held in The Minster, Preston.
North Fylde Music Circle
Monthly concerts held in the Blackpool Sixth Form College
Fylde Arts Society
A comprehensive directory of events in the Fylde coast area including
the Grundy mid-day recitals held at Springfield Church, Bispham and at
The Assembly rooms, Lytham.
Blackpool Music Festival
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
and also to find out what concerts are scheduled at...
Preston Guildhall (including Liverpool Philharmonic concerts)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Blackpool Grand Theatre
The Grand Theatre, Lancaster
King George's Hall, Blackburn (including Halle concerts)