Building bridges with piano music

Gary is one of those creative musicians who can build bridges between:

  • piano performance
  • organisation of musical events
  • specialist musical education
  • music and keyboard history
  • & the commercial recording of music as a recording artist.

You can read more about his training, educational work and recording catalogue below.

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Study

Trinity College of Music, London

Gary Branch studied piano at Trinity College of Music, London. Prizes awarded include The Elsa and Leonard Cross Memorial Trust for a performance of the Mozart Piano Concerto No.22. He graduated with a GTCL Honours degree and Post-Graduate Performance Certificate.

Study under Jan Wijn, head of keyboard at the Sweelinck Conservatoire, Amsterdam, was followed by a return to England and the founding of the Forest Music School.


Educational Work

Finchcocks – Educational Co-ordinator

Gary is Educational Co-ordinator of the Finchcocks Charity for Musical Education.

The Finchcocks Charity supports musical projects specialising in period keyboard instruments. The support covers concerts, courses, master-classes, recordings, academic research, and performance related projects. Many projects relate specifically to the instruments in The Richard Burnett Collection.

Young Singers Support – The John Kerr Awards – Musical Director

John Kerr Awards
Gary became Musical Director of the international competition awards from 2012 following several years as the official accompanist.

The awards were set up in memory of John Kerr, a tenor with the Royal Opera House. John’s love was the great body and catalogue of English Song through the ages. The John Kerr Awards celebrate the rich variety of the English Song genre through a bi-annual international competition.

In Wales, Gary has adjudicated for the Abertawe Festival of Young Musicians (AFYM) since 2016.

He has worked for several years for the Lost Chord charity (‘where words fail, music speaks‘) – performing in Cardiff and Sheffield for people with dementia.

Gary specialises in adult tuition and the needs of adult learners.

Recording catalogue

CDs & Recordings

Gary has recorded solo, as part of a duet and ensemble. He has recorded under several labels and is well connected in the industry.

I’ll Sing Thee Songs: English Song & Music

Classical Vienna: Music for Guitar & Piano

Latest title: Gary has recently recorded Haydn in London with 2 singers. The commercial release is expected later in 2019.

To book a piano performance by Gary Branch or talk about your educational, adjudication or recording needs get in touch