EPTA UK One-Day Conference in Scotland

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Date(s) - July 27, 2024
All Day

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Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Philip Ledger Room, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DB

EPTA UK has a long history of residential and one day conferences, but this exciting mini festival will be of special significance: For the first time Glasgow will be the base for a national one-day event which promises so much in terms of inspiration, support, camaraderie, enjoyment and continued professional development.

The outstanding facilities of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will provide the base for an extremely varied day. ‘Community’ in its broadest meaning provides the theme for a series of stimulating presentations and performances that will include a keynote address by RCS Director of Music Professor Aaron Shorr, talks by the internationally renowned author, teacher and pianist Penelope Roskell, groundbreaking approaches to sight reading from Paul Harris, and an exploration of the piano as an ensemble and group instrument from Nadia Lasserson.

There will be an invaluable opportunity to learn about ABRSM’s new piano syllabus as well as presentations from Nancy Litten (‘Picture Postcards’ inspired by communities across the globe) Sharon Goody (‘Playing with colour’ as a groundbreaking beginner’s tutor course) and Yulia Chaplina (student stress, body language and performance preparation). The great Scottish partnership that was John and Margaret Murray McLeod are warmly celebrated and remembered in what would have been John’s 90th year with a performance of his first sonata by Philip Sharp (St. Mary’s Music School) that will be introduced by Emma Sinclair (Pianist, teacher, regional organiser for EPTA Scotland West) and Stephen Armstrong (Head of Keyboard Dundee High School).

The day will conclude with a recital given by Aaron Shorr and Fali Pavri (Head of Keyboard RCS), bringing the conference to a vibrant close.

With possibilities to arrive early for a pre-conference meal, get together and masterclass from Fali Pavri, this ‘Scottish Spectacular’ promises lots of midsummer magic, support, ideas and a real warmth of community and shared endeavour. Do join us and share in positive Scottish Spirit!

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EPTA UK Member Standard Early Bird £40
EPTA UK Member Standard £50
Non-Member Standard Early Bird £50
Non- Member Standard £60
Student Early Bird £20
Student £25

Early Bird tickets are available until 1 June 2024 11:59pm.

Member discounts will be applied automatically for EPTA UK Full Professional, Joint Full Professional and Corporate members. Sign in to your members account to get your discount.

Tickets include the full day of events.


Friday 26 July
Ticket holders of the EPTA UK  Glasgow Conference are cordially invited to attend the Scottish Youth International Piano Competition Final and/or the Masterclass with Fali Pavri. Registration is not required.

10am-4pm Finals of Scottish International Youth Prize
5pm-6.30pm Masterclass with Fali Pavri, (Head of Keyboard RCS), featuring finalists from the Scottish International Youth Prize

There will be a dinner party in the City Centre in the evening, details tbd. This is not included with conference tickets and will be paid separately, please contact the Administrator to RSVP.

Saturday 27 July
9.00 Registration and Welcome with Penelope Roskell
9.30-10.00 ‘Playing with colour’ Sharon Goodey on her groundbreaking tutor books
10.00-11.00 Presentation on new ABRSM piano Syllabus by Paul Janes
11.00-11.30 Break in cafeteria of RCS with discussion groups. Management committee members at different tables discussion a variety of issues- new members group, teacing beginner piano, managing your teaching practice, technique, etc.

11.30- 12.00 Nancy Litten Picture Postcards
12.00-12.45 Paul Harris Presentation on Sight reading
12.45-1.15 Keynote address by Aaron Shorr: ‘The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the musical community’
1.15-2.15 Pedagogy Round Table discussion in the cafeteria over lunch with Fali Pavri, Aaron Shorr and members of the EPTA UK Management committee
2.15-2.30 Penelope Roskell talk
2.30-3.00 ‘Piano Needn’t be Lonely’ Ensemble ands group piano inspiration with Nadia Lasserson
3.00-3.30 Remembering John and Margaret Murray McLeod. Emma Sinclair (RO for Glasgow) and Stephen Armstrong (Head of Keyboard Dundee High School) remember John in what would have been his 90th year. Performance of McLeod’s first piano sonata by Philip Sharp, tutor at St Mary’s Music School.

4.00-4.30 Q and A on ‘Playing with colour’ in the cafeteria and break
4.30-.5.15 Stage anxiety : Yulia Chaplina on student stress, body language and performance preparation
5.15-6.00 Closing duet recital with Fali Pavri and Aaron Shorr

*Timings are subject to change.

The RCS Cafè will be open throughout the day.

Biographies of presenters and performers

Paul Janes

Hampshire-born Paul Janes has been based in Manchester since the late 1980s, working as a regular keyboard player with the region’s orchestras, in particular the BBC Philharmonic and the Hallé, as well in regular chamber music and solo recitals.

As a performer Paul displays great versatility, and his performances have often drawn praise from critics. Paul Janes has taught piano at the RNCM for almost thirty years, and is also in demand as an external adjudicator at major conservatoires and competitions. Paul works as an examiner, trainer and reviewer for ABRSM, which has enabled him to travel to many parts of the world.


Nancy Litten studied at the Royal Academy of Music from age 16 on an open piano scholarship. She has diplomas in four different instruments and has 15 books published by Alfred UK: violin tutors, keyboard tutors, books for singers, choirs and accompanists, and trio arrangements of well-loved piano solos. She is an EVC composer, and her arrangements and original pieces are in TCL and ABRSM syllabuses. She has been an ABRSM examiner for 26 years and adjudicates for BIFF, vice-chairing the adjudicators’ council. She has spoken at three UK Music EXPOs and at conferences in Europe and the USA.


Emma E Sinclair | BMus(Hons) LTCL Piano Teacher

I have always been a self employed piano teacher and I have a thriving private practice. Currently and also for the last twelve years I teach piano full time in Glasgow Secondary schools. Previously, for ten years I worked with the Charity Visibility, making music and teaching piano skills to blind and visually impaired people. I feel very fortunate to love my vocation and throughout my career I am privileged to work with many young people that go onto further study music, piano performance or teaching.

I am a mentor for piano teaching in secondary education on the RCS Masters and Pedagogy Course. I organise and deliver Annual Piano Play Days and Masterclasses held in City Halls in Glasgow that are open to all Council Secondary School pupils within the city. I am an active musician, often involved with Create Glasgow and in school shows. I enjoy taking part and organising concerts to fundraise for various charities.