Piano Accompanist / Répétiteur

"You may read music as fluently as you read a newspaper, but it does not make an artist of you, and I count it just as clever to be a good stenographer."  from Am I too loud? Memoirs of an accompanist                                        (Gerald Moore, 1962)

I have twenty-five years' experience as a piano accompanist, répétiteur and repertoire coach for singers and instrumentalists.  I have played a good deal of repertoire from years of ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exam syllabuses for voice, strings, woodwind and brass from Grades 1 to 8.   I have also accompanied many diploma examinations for a wide range of soloists, and played for music festivals, BBC Young Musician heats, and other competitions. 

I have worked with professional soloists and with amateurs of all ages and ability levels, andhave also accompanied many choirs and choral societies, including Lincoln Choral Society, Nottingham Bach Choir, Leicester University Chamber Choir, the UK Japan Choir, Leicester Cathedral Choir, Christ's Voices (Cambridge), and the Leicester Philharmonic Choir. 

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As a singer myself, I have a deep understanding of the subtle dynamics at play between soloist and accompanist.  A good accompanist is much more than someone who just plays the piano, and knows that any successful musical relationship requires sensitivity, intuition, trust, cooperation, generosity, patience, and a sense of humour.

I am a confident sight-reader and can prepare most accompaniments within a day or two.  More advanced repertoire (diploma standard and beyond) can take a little longer to learn, but can usually be prepared with a few weeks' notice.  In most cases I charge £36 per hour pro rata for rehearsals and examinations.  Performance rates are available on request.

For enquiries about hiring me as a piano accompanist

contact John via telephone on 07813 918769 or 0116 283 4968

or email to johngull.uk@gmail.com

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I am Enhanced DBS-checked for working with children and vulnerable adults.  DBS documentation is available for inspection on request.