Battersea Piano Festival - the story so far...
Battersea Piano Festival was founded in 2015 and is directed by Liz Giannopoulos (also the founder and director of Encore Music Tuition).
Since the first event in 2015, more than 450 entries have been received, across up to 12 classes each year. In 2016 participants were grouped into Early Learners, Improving Players and Experienced performers and in 2017 we added two non-competitive classes for young beginners. In 2018, the festival was extended over two days and two new special awards for programme notes and musicianship were introduced. 2019 will see us exploring a new venue at St. Barnabus' Church, Clapham North Side and working with our sponsor, ABRSM.
We are fortunate to boast a panel of respected adjudicators including ABRSM examiners Rowan Cozens and Julian Hellaby, performer Antoinette Cann, publisher Elena Cobb and Richard Smith, Heather Hammond and Karen Marshall who are all educators and composers. These adjudicators provide encouragement, constructive feedback and performance inspiration to the participants.
We take pride in creating a friendly and encouraging atmosphere enabling every performer, teacher, parent and audience member to get the most from the experience. All pre-registered performers are listed in the festival programme and will receive a certificate and detailed written feedback on their performance. Trophies and medals are awarded to the winners in each competitive class and rosettes are presented to all participants in the non-competitive groups.
The ongoing management of the event is co-ordinated by Liz Giannopoulos, who also directs proceedings on the day.
The reception team is made up entirely of volunteers.