As part of my teaching academy,over the last 5 years, I have been organising summer and winter master classes at my house.  The summer masterclass in particular has been an outstanding success.  It has been part masterclass and part garden party.  I have a wonderful garden studio with an old Bechstein grand piano. Students,parents, friends  have sat in the garden and listened to the masterclass over 4 hours on a sunny afternoon.  Nigel has come along and given these masterclasses.  Musicians and non-musicians have enjoyed the charismatic way that he teaches, with a gift of finding simple, fun and entertaining ways of explaining complex themes and always with a connection to the student and the audience. I want to bring this feeling to the masterclass weekends, with teachers that not only have knowledge and experience, but also are fun and charismatic.    


Our piano courses are designed for the intermediate and advanced amateur with the focus on in-depth study of prepared pieces.


High level piano lessons focussed on technique, sound,  interpretation, style.

Analysis of pieces and their structure.

Advice on performance and controlling nerves.

The course will run from Friday evening until early Sunday evening.   There will be 2 workshops,  a Q and A session, at least two individual lessons taught by Nigel and Eralys and potentially a third lesson with another teacher.  There will also be a student and teacher concert to complete the course.  There is the option of having a harpsichord lesson with Eralys.

During the weekend 6 meals are provided with prosecco, wine, tea, coffee, ice cream, cake and biscuits to help proceedings.  There is accommodation at the Purcell school on the Friday and Saturday night.  It is basic student accommodation and is not ensuite, although some rooms will have a piano.


Eralys Fernandez

Nigel Clayton

Eralys Fernandez commenced her piano studies at the Guillermo Tomas Conservatoire, Havana,Cuba. She followed this at the Amadeo Roldan Conservatory studying with Olga Valiente of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and her academic career in Cuba concluded at the Higher Institute of Arts in 2000 where she graduated top of her year with distinction. Eralys came to Europe to do a Masters in Advanced Performance (piano and harpsichord) at the Royal College of Music and was awarded a MMus in 2008. In 2010 Eralys completed a postgraduate course in Harpsichord at the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama with Nicholas Parle

Eralys has more than 20 years experience as a soloist and a chamber musician. Eralys is a composer and arranger of music with her  children’s puppet opera premiering at the Tete a Tete festival.  Recently she has been fundraising to buy and transport a grand piano back to her old conservatoire in Cuba.

Eralys has released 2 CDs  “An Afternoon in Havana” and  “Alta Gracia”.

Eralys runs her own teaching academy in Woking and has given piano masterclasses in the UK, Cuba,Brazil and Ecuador.


Nigel Clayton studied with Stephen Savage and Angus Morrison at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won prizes in every category of piano performance and was awarded the College’s yearly prize for his Bachelor of Music Degree. Whilst there, a particular interest in chamber music and accompanying developed and was further encouraged by international prizes from competitions in London, New York (Concert Artists Guild) and from the English Speaking Union. Since then his worldwide travel has included four major tours of India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with the Indian cellist Anup Kumar Biswas, tours of the Middle East and America with Wissam Boustany, of Scandinavia with Gerard LeFeuvre and throughout Europe. He performs more than eighty concerts every season and has also played at most of the music clubs and festivals in his native Great Britain, appearing regularly on the BBC’s radio network, at the Wigmore Hall and at the South Bank Centre, where he has already performed over fifty recitals. His most recent concerts have been in Taiwan and Japan, his first time to tour in the Far East.

Nigel has performed concertos by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Ravel, Rachmaninov, Mozart and Liszt.

Nigel is Professor of Piano at the Royal College of Music, London

About Eralys Fernandez

Masterclass Video


Our next course is running between 6th April and 8th April 2018 at the Purcell School.

The Purcell School is a boarding and day school for young musicians, and Britain’s oldest specialist music school. Based in Bushey near Watford, and with easy access to London, it has extensive practice facilities and a concert theatre.

The cost of the course, accommodation and food is £420.  There will be a maximum of 15 students.

There is space for 12 observers (partners of the students or anyone else that wants to join in the experience without performing).  The cost of the course for the observers is £180 and this includes the meals and accommodation.  If you are a partner of a student please apply together and you can be placed in a twin room.

There are no auditions for this course but when you contact us we would appreciate if you can give us some background to your piano playing experience.



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