EPTA UK Management

Chair Murray McLACHLAN

Murray McLachlan is a pianist with a virtuoso technique and a sure sense of line. Since making his professional debut in 1986 at the age of 21 under the baton of Sir Alexander Gibson, Murray McLachlan has consistently received outstanding critical acclaim. Educated at Chetham’s School of Music and Cambridge University, his mentors included Ronald Stevenson, David Hartigan, Ryszard Bakst, Peter Katin and Norma Fisher. 

He has appeared as soloist with most of the leading UK orchestras. His recognition has been far-reaching, bringing invitations to perform on all five continents. At the same time he continues to give numerous concerts and master classes in the UK. McLachlan teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music and at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he has been Head of Keyboard since 1997. He is the founder of the Manchester International Concerto competition for young pianists as well as the Founder/Artistic Director of the world famous Chetham’s International Summer school... More...

Website: www.murraymclachlan.co.uk
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Administrator Carole Booth

Carole is the administrator for EPTA UK

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Administrator Ann BURDEN

Ann looks after the Regional Organisers and Competitions for EPTA UK.

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Committee Member Susan CRAXTON

Sue Craxton studied piano pedagogy with Margaret Murray-McLeod while at Napier College in Edinburgh, where she was awarded a medal for ‘outstanding achievement’. She went on to study with Joseph Weingarten, himself a pupil of Dohnanyi, who was influential on her development as a musician.

During the early part of her career Sue was an accompanist and lecturer at Napier College (now University), teaching and accompanying music diploma students. She was invited by the Natural Theatre Company of Bath to help devise and perform in ‘Scarlatti’s Birthday Party’, commissioned to celebrate the 300th anniversary of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti. This was extremely popular in Europe where performances continued for several years.

Teaching piano stimulated an interest in young people’s development, leading Sue to take courses in Youth Counselling and a Postgraduate certificate in Youth and Community Studies.
Highlights of her diverse career include playing first Keyboard for ‘Les Miserables’ at the... More...

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Committee Member Liz GIANNOPOULOS

Liz Giannopoulos is the founder and director of Encore Music Tuition, a collaborative team of piano teachers who share ideas and experiences to enrich their teaching. Passionate about life-long learning, Liz completed the LTCL in piano performance in 2017 and is currently studying the Master of Education programme (focusing on professional development for instrumental teachers) at the Royal College of Music, London. She has completed consultancy projects for ABRSM and Casio Music and is the founder and director of Battersea Piano Festival.

Liz recognises the value of a supportive network, good governance and accountability, and ongoing professional development and is delighted to contribute to EPTA UK's mission to raise the standard of piano teaching, piano performance and general musicianship in the UK.

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Committee Member Nadia LASSERSON

Pianist, piano teacher, Associated Board examiner, adjudicator, writer and lecturer living in London as well as Organising Secretary of EPTA Europe.
Nadia lectures on the Piano Pedagogy Course, and has responsibility for liaison with Music Festivals, particularly where an EPTA UK cup is being awarded.

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Committee Member Karen MARSHALL

Karen Marshall first started teaching musicianship to early years children as a 16 year old A’level music volunteer.  With over 30 years practice Karen currently works with over 100 children weekly from age 4 to 7 years using Kodaly, Orff and other approaches.  With a qualification in Kodály practice, Karen is also a training associate in music teaching for The British Dyslexia Association.  She teaches piano as a peri and in private practice with pupils from beginner to diploma stages (age 5 to 73 years).  

An award winning author Karen has 17 publications to date including Collins Music, Get Set! Piano series and Teaching Instrumental and Singing lessons,100 Ideas (with Penny Stirling).  The Piano Trainer series with (Faber Music) includes The Intermediate Pianist (with Heather Hammond) and The Foundation Pianist (with David Blackwell).  A consultant pedagogue on the ABRSM Piano Star Series, she also edited and compiled Piano Star Grade 1 with David Blackwell.  She is the sole author of the ABRSM... More...

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Committee Member Kathryn Page

Kathryn Page has given over 20 recitals at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, both as soloist and chamber music pianist. She has toured Norway, Italy, Ireland and Australia where she gave seven recitals at the Sydney Festival and broadcast for ABC. At home Kathryn has performed at many of the leading music festivals and has given numerous live broadcasts for BBC radio 3 from Broadcasting House, St Georges, Bristol and St Davids Hall, Cardiff. Her interest in contemporary music has led to many world premieres including works by Gary Carpenter, Alisdair Nicholson and Django Bates. She has worked with many established artists including David Campbell, John Lenehan, Joanna MacGregor and Sting! TV work has ranged from a live recital from Paris on CNN, an appearance on the Korean broadcasting network, several performances on Irish TV and a much treasured Blue Peter badge. In 1991 she recorded the complete set of six Mozart-Grieg duo sonatas for BBC Radio Three.  In... More...

Website: www.pianosummerschool.com
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Committee Member Mark TANNER

Mark Tanner is a concert pianist, composer, adjudicator, teacher and writer. His performing and academic work takes him regularly to all five continents. Solo appearances include many recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre and St John’s Smith Square. He appears regularly on luxury cruise liners such as the Queen Mary 2, having given more than 300 recitals. Mark’s recordings, which spotlight many previously unrecorded works, have received widespread critical acclaim: “Magnificent playing”, Gramophone.

Mark has published sixty volumes of compositions for Edition Peters and Spartan Press. He has twenty pieces on current examination syllabuses, and his ‘Pianoscapes’ series was shortlisted for the Best Print Resource Award at the 2015 Music Teacher Awards for Excellence. Mark was recently Guest Editor of EPTA’s Piano Professional and is co-author of ABRSM’s Teaching Notes 2017-18. His ‘Masterclass’ articles continue to be enjoyed in Pianist Magazine.... More...

Website: www.marktanner.info
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Committee Member Amy Wakefield

 

I grew up in Stockport and began playing the piano at the age 5 and the violin aged 6. I attended Chetham’s School of Music in 1999 where I studied the piano with Susan Bettaney and continued my studies on the violin. I received a scholarship to study at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2004 and now work as a freelance pianist teacher. I am part of a successful concert duo with clarinettist Sarah Douglas and we play in recitals around the UK. I have enjoyed performing regularly as guest artist on Cunard and P&O cruise ships over the past 6  years. In 2008 I was awarded my PGCE in Music Education and over the years have developed a strong teaching practice in Congleton through teaching piano and violin.  I also teach in local schools. I am extremely passionate about teaching and passing on my love for music to others and strongly agree with EPTA’s purpose to raise standards of piano teaching, piano performance and general musicianship in the UK. I have been fortunate enough to help with... More...

Website: amywakefieldpianist.co.uk
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Committee Member Anthony Williams

 

Anthony Williams MMus GRSM(Hons) LRAM ARAM

Concert pianist, writer, lecturer, ABRSM examiner and moderator, and festival adjudicator, Anthony Williams studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London.

Following international competition success he embarked on a career as a concert pianist and alongside this quickly established an international reputation as a piano teacher and a passionate educator of pianistic musicianship at all ages and levels, giving piano masterclasses, public lecture-recitals and seminars on performance and the art of teaching.

Anthony has given talks on piano performance for Radio 3 and is author and editor of various publications including The Best of Grade and Fingerprints (Faber), Teaching Notes (ABRSM) and the highly acclaimed Piano Teacher’s Survival Guide (Faber).

He combines his freelance career with a full-time position at Radley College, Oxfordshire as Head of Keyboard and Instrumental... More...

Website: http://www.anthonywilliamspiano.co.uk
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