Accompaniment for Children and Amateurs
Angela has been providing piano accompaniment for amateur musicians and children for concerts, festivals and examinations for over 30 years, starting at the Purcell School where she was a student, and continuing at The Centre for Young Musicians in London and at the University of Chichester Junior Department. Her aim is to build confidence and an all-round knowledge of the music in the instrumentalists and singers she accompanies, teaching them to listen to their own parts and the piano part as a whole and to understand the context of the music. She has accompanied all stringed, brass and woodwind instruments and singers.
Angela regularly prepares amateurs and children for ABRSM and Trinity College London examinations from Grade 1 to Grade 8 and beyond to Diploma level as accompanist, aiming to collaborate with the ideas and aims of the students’ regular teachers. She recommends arranging an accompaniment session in the early stages of learning a piece so that the student can get a ‘feel’ for the piece with its accompaniment, aiding their ongoing learning of it.
If you or your child require an accompanist for an examination or other event, please contact Angela in the first instance with the date, time and venue, after which she will be happy to arrange accompaniment sessions at her home in Horndean, Hampshire.
“I have played with Angela on a number of occasions. We have played at the Portsmouth Music Festival Competition twice (adult string section). She also did the rehearsal and accompaniment for my ABRSM Diploma. Angela is extremely supportive as an accompanist, a strong and nuanced player who will also push me along when I need it. She is very generous in terms of her musical knowledge and interpretations and during rehearsal she helped me a lot with the development of the performance for these events. Her sight reading is also amazing, so she is great for working through repertoire at any stage of the process. Angela’s help with researching and writing the programme notes for the diploma was also absolutely invaluable to me. Understanding more about the composers adds a great perspective to performances and her lectures and University work means she has a huge amount of knowledge to impart as regards music history……and if you get the chance, go and see her perform!!” Laurence – violinist
“Thanks for being there when I needed you most (usually a week before a concert!) Your dedication and encouragement cannot be measured, and I think for all the pupils at CYM you work will be forever treasured.” Stella – student at Centre for Young Musicians.
“Thank you for your lovely accompanying and your warm presence.” Student at Chichester University.