Diploma Support

Returning to the piano seriously after a 20-year absence, I took three Performance Diplomas (post-Grade 8 professional qualifications) in my late 40s, and passed two with Distinction.

“Frances’ introduction was helpful as I’m at the planning stage of my diploma”

As a result, I have spent considerable time studying and reviewing the diploma syllabuses and repertoire lists offered by the three main UK exam boards – ABRSM, Trinity College London and London College of Music. I have also worked with acclaimed teacher Graham Fitch at the London Piano Meetup Group’s popular Diploma Day, giving presentations on choosing a diploma and presentation skills.

“Very accomplished and controlled playing” – Murray McLachlan, concert pianist and Head of Keyboard at Chethams School

For adult amateur pianists who are taking, or considering taking a Performance Diploma, I offer specialist support in the form of

  • Choosing a diploma syllabus
  • Selecting repertoire and planning a programme
  • Writing programme notes
  • Stagecraft and presentation skills
  • Warm up exercises
  • Managing anxiety

Consultations in person or via email/Skype

£40 per hour


An assured and stylistically accurate performance

– Trinity College of Music Diploma examiner