Many thanks for your wonderful concert on Monday evening. Everyone enjoyed it so much. The children, (plus teenager) were so good and the one brave boy among three girls was lovely.
You Antonina made that Piano talk!! What a joy. People were amazed and were in awe. It is so good of you to come to a small church and ''antique'' piano being the professional you are and we all appreciate it so much. Hope you all enjoyed your dinner!
Sincerely and in friendship
on behalf of all members at South Methodist ChurchPat
''It has been a great pleasure to work with Antonina at Barnard Castle School. She is full of energy and expertise and her extensive knowledge of the piano literature is formidable. Her dedication to her pupils is first rate and they all look forward to their lessons. Her motto ''Perfection takes a touch of madness'' has been adopted as my Prep School music motto. She is constantly practicing when she has a pupil free moment and this not only sets a fine example of dedication, but also keeps everyone in the department entertained and cheerful. She is a rounded musician of a very high calibre and we are fortunate to have her at Barnard Castle School.''
Barnard Castle School Music Department
What an inspiring concert you gave the audience on Saturday. CONGRATULATIONS!
If I had been adjudicating a Music Festival, I would have identified your pupils...a lightness of touch, a gentle confidence and above all their musicianship. That all comes from you!
Then, you performed with your amazing colleagues to further inspire us all. Do pass on my congratulations and thanks.
When Maddy 's playing of a Bach piece in my house moved me to tears I wrote this for her ''Some people play all the notes perfectly...others, REAL musicians, play the music.'' You are a real musician Maddy''
Thank you for being there for all who feature in your lovely Almanac, and the rest of us.
With very best wishes,
Mrs Rita Davies (Maddy Forsyth's Granny)
...Thank you for all the time and efforts you put in with me. You helped me grow in confidence on and off the piano. You taught me that I am capable of anything if I put my mind to it, keep on trying and persevering. You helped me with my piano and violin, for which I will always remember you for. You started teaching me when I was a nervous wreck and now you are my friend and you have seen me grow with character. Thank you......
My Granddaughter Eve now 10 years old began studying with Antonina a year ago. She had had some music tuition but her teacher recommended Antonina to take her further.
Since becoming Antonina's pupil Eve is gaining a greater understanding of music and its composers. She is learning many techniques and through Antonina's dedication, care and enthusiasm she has become confident enough to take part in several concerts and perform in front of her fellow school pupils.
Antonina is undoubtedly a very talented pianist and her joy in playing is evident at her lessons. They are something to look forward to every week.
Antonina's teaching has allowed Megan to learn with confidence. For Megan learning the piano has been more than just playing notes - it has been an holistic approach developing Megan's all round appreciation of music and nurturing creativity and imagination. Megan loves working with Antonina.