Frances and Lorraine met in September 2011 at a piano weekend course run by Frances’ teacher, Penelope Roskell. A mutual interest in piano teaching and also an upcoming Diploma exam led them to form a firm friendship rooted in all things piano. Since meeting, they have gone on to pursue many joint musical ventures.
Lorraine Liyanage is a pianist and teacher who runs her own highly successful private piano practice in East Dulwich called the SE22 Piano School. She enjoys teaching both the piano and harpsichord and specialises in teaching intermediate to advanced level students, regularly preparing many for music scholarship entry to secondary schools in Southwark and Lewisham. Lorraine is a firm believer in public performance, whether you have only had a few lessons or whether you have been learning for years. In addition to organising yearly recitals for her students, she also organises the Dulwich Piano Festival held yearly at Alleyn’s School.
Frances Wilson holds an Licentiate Diploma (Distinction) in Piano Performance from Trinity College of Music, London, and runs a popular private piano teaching studio from her home in south-west London. Frances writes music reviews for international concert and opera listings website Bachtrack, culture and arts site CultureVulture, and blogs on music and pianism as The Cross-Eyed Pianist. She writes a regular column for ‘Pianist’ magazine’s online content, and contributes to various other classical music and piano pedagogy websites around the world.
Currently studying with Penelope Roskell, international concert pianist and Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Frances has also attended masterclasses with Carlo Grante, Murray MacLachlan and Norma Fisher, and has taken private tuition from pianists Alan Fraser, Graham Fitch and James Lisney.