Shrewsbury is a really pretty town in Shropshire, further north than the Cotswolds, but just as worth a visit! More and more people are choosing to retire there, partly because it's so pretty, partly because the cultural life is rich and varied. Lots of music-making goes on and the local music dealer, Salop Music Centre (www.salopmusic.co.uk), is well able to service this bouyant market. Sheet music specialist Margaret Andrews hired a very nice modern venue for the workshop, including a beautiful grand piano, which I like to think brought out the best in my playing!
The teachers were very interested in American Popular Piano, but I also encountered some die-hard Microjazz fans. One lady, pictured above (on my left) had brought a student along (on my right) so that the next generation could be shown the true path.. My eyes are closed because it was so blissful to feel this cross-generational support....
Teachers were fascinated to hear that my material now starts at elementary level (American Popular Piano Preparatory) and goes through to almost concert level (Rock, Latin, Jazz and Country
Preludes) The other picture here shows the teachers and students looking at the full range of books.