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Yes, we are doing our very popular special offer on all ABRSM title again! Click on the picture above to see a list of all ABRSM titles.

This includes all the new piano grade pieces for 2017.

20% off when you order online, until the end of August.

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We are having a special String Day on 3rd July @ our Hove shop, to celebrate the release of the new ABRSM violin exam music for 2016-2019. Click on the image above to see more details.

Stefan Pintev is coming over from Germany, and will demonstrate the Yamaha Silent Violins, and some of the effects that can be achieved.

Thomas Gregory will be talking about his string series VAMOOSH.

  • Special Offers on Yamaha Silent Strings
  • New ABRSM Violin syllabus music at 20% discount
  • Take part in the ABRSM £100 music voucher prize draw (when you purchase new AB violin music)
  • Extra 10% off all other sheet music
  • “Make me an offer!” on special sale music
  • Refreshments
  • Our String repairer will be on hand, for help and advice
  • Violin display “260 years of English violin making”

All offers are only available in store & on the day.

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The new 2016-2019 ABRSM violin music is available for sale from the 3rd July. Take this opportunity to Pre-order your copies and get 15% discount.

This offer is available until 3rd July 2015.

Every couple of years, the second week of July brings us the new ABRSM Piano exam pieces. It’s a day teachers and students alike anticipate greatly – to see what new music will be available to them over the coming two years. The syllabus for 2013 – 2014 has delivered some fantastic pieces from all periods, including one or two that are bound to be favourites among young pianists!

The requirements for scales and sight-reading remain virtually unchanged although new covers for the books will be slowly introduced to bring them up to the level of the snazzy pieces books! The only small alteration is the introduction of natural minor scales available to grade 1 and 2 students.

Grade 1

Mozart’s Minuet in G starts us off – composed when he was only 5 or 6, this is one of the first pieces written by probably the greatest composer to ever live. However Das Ballett by Daniel Turk is bound to be a popular pick.

List B brings the tricky but entertaining Sailors Song by Felix Swinstead, along with a personal favourite in the alternative pieces, Borodin’s Polovtsian Dance from Prince Igor. This piece is in Simply Classics, Grades 0-1, arr. Gritton (Faber).  B5 is very enjoyable too – Gurlitt’s staccato piece Die Klappermuhle (The Clattering Mill).

There is always the chance in list C to play more modern pieces  and grade 1 brings the chance to play the middle eight from The Chatanooga  Choo Choo – bound to bring a smile to many parents faces.

Grade 2

Thomas Attwood’s pretty Allegro from his Sonatina in C and Handel’s Minuet in G minor are two highlights in list A. The second of these being available in Handel – Easy Piano Pieces and Dances (Barenreiter).

List B throws up some great pieces including Nicolai Podgornov’s Bear Dance and Arthur Sullivan’s Gavotte from the Gondoliers (Piano Time Opera – OUP). One that’s bound to get a lot of attention though is Chinese composer Li Yinghai’s, Xiong Mao. It means Panda in Cantonese and one listen to this will make you realise why!

Be prepared to be spoilt for choice in list C, with three cracking – though very tricky pieces. Youngsters will surely love the chance to learn Meet The Flintstones (C1), while Sarah Watts’ ‘Strange Things Happen’ (C3) and David Blackwell’s ‘Cat’s Eyes’ (C5) (Piano Time Jazz 2 – OUP) will also be popular choices. Continue reading “New ABRSM Piano Exam Pieces 2013-14” »