undefinedNigel and Imma

An opportunity to play and perform piano duets in a beautiful setting. Prepared works will be used to explore particular skills of duet playing in lessons, workshops, masterclasses and a final concert. A question and answer session (with Prosecco!) and a pub quiz add extra fun!


Resident: £453 Non-Resident: £345 (25% off for under 27s) Code: 21/R44

Booking for Members opens at 9am on Friday 14 May 2021. 

Non-Member and online booking opens at 9am on Friday 18 June 2021. 

For details on how to become a Member to take advantage of early booking, see here.

What is the course about?

Benslow Music regular Nigel Clayton returns with Imma Setiadi for this popular course. Nigel and Imma will guide participants through some of the diverse and rewarding repertoire written for piano duet, whilst helping with the particular skills needed to play as a four hand team. Both pre-formed pairs and individual applicants are welcome, and although this is a piano duet course, there is also scope for work on two pianos.

Tutor websites: www.nigelclayton.com and www.immasetiadi.com

What will we cover?

Exploring your chosen pieces

Interpretation and musicality

Ways to improve ensemble particularly in piano duet settings

Rehearsal techniques

Repertoire knowledge

The ability to learn music more quickly

Spontaneity in performance and ensemble playing

Piano ‘technique’ in general (fingering, posture, pedalling, etc)

What will we accomplish? By the end of this course you will be able to…

Gain more insight into your pieces

Acquire more technical security in your piano playing

Perform with more confidence and enjoyment particularly in piano duet settings

Have more ideas about effective rehearsal techniques for piano duet

Improve your quick study skills

Know more about the repertoire available for piano duet

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Confident, Skilful

How will the course be taught, and will any preparation be required?

Several coaching sessions for each duet group


Workshop on piano duet related topic(s)

Q and A session (Prosecco based..)

Final informal concert

 Participants are required to let the tutors know in advance what repertoire they are planning to play. Suggestion for repertoire is available upon registration.

Will music be provided in advance of the course?

Participants are requested to bring their copies with them. Further copies will most likely be available in Benslow’s amazing library. IMSLP also has a wide range of parts and scores.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Yourself and your duet partner with plenty of good humour


Writing equipment

What previous participants said about this course…

“This is the best course I've ever attended at Benslow Music. The quality of tuition was superb, and the air was alive with inspiration. I've never worked so hard in my life, and I'm so looking forward to the same course next year.”

“Nigel is always good value. Imma's first appearance has been a wonderful revelation as she teaches in a uniquely helpful style - she is brilliant!! Will come back again and again and again…”

“Nigel and Imma are a fantastic team. The quality of the tuition couldn't be faulted.”

“Nigel and Imma were superb, they gave very helpful feedback, were good fun and very inclusive. I learned a lot!”

“A perfect blend of individual tuition, plenary workshops and performance opportunities.”           

“An opportunity to meet like-minded musicians, immerse yourself in music, learn and develop, enjoy a homely atmosphere and have fun.”

“A unique chance to have the best of teaching and experience with others who inevitably share issues in duo/duet playing.”