Chris Norman Welcomed at Pianissimi Event

Chris Norman, 1066 director and expert in piano restoration had the pleasure of speaking to a select audience of advanced London piano professionals this October.

Pianissimi, co-founded by Claire Vane and Alison Bestow, who met through their love of piano playing, hold three-day intensive piano course is for advanced-level adult pianists (Grade 7 to post-diploma). The aim of the course is to meet other pianists, receive excellent tuition and be immersed in music.

This October, Chris was delighted to be invited to attend and speak at the fifth Pianissimi course taking place at Royal Hospital School at Holbrook in Suffolk.

The course, which runs as a long weekend, provides fantastic facilities for adult piano enthusiasts consisting of one-to-one lessons and masterclasses with additional talks from experts like our very own Chris Norman.

The star of the show was undoubtedly the 1913 built Schwander Piano Action Model, a replica of the real system in an acoustic grand piano but at twice the size.

Chris says ‘It was great to meet a whole team of pianists with such love for their instruments – and demonstrate to them what can be done to refine their pianos to something even better to suit their own ear and touch – the difference between a good piano and a very good piano to many is very little, but to a pianist it is everything… and much more is possible in improvement than many are aware’

Chris can speak at event on request, covering topics including rebuilding, restoration, tone-building, touch refinement, maintenance, tuning, repairs and small works. Speak to our team to find out more at

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