The Panel of Experts
Andrew Eales, President
The Awards Committee for the #PianoEdAwards 2024 include leading specialists in piano education in the UK who are well-known worldwide for their dedication to the profession and knowledge. The committee will be voting based on the shortlist of five resources nominated by the publishers and members of the general public. The resource must be released in 2023 and available in print in the UK.
Andrew Eales, President
One of the UK’s most influential piano educationalists, Andrew Eales is based in Milton Keynes, where he runs a successful piano-teaching studio. He is a published composer and author, and his compositions and recordings have been streamed well over a million times worldwide.
Andrew has worked as a consultant for several leading educational organisations and examination boards. He has trained and worked alongside teachers across the UK, North America, and Africa.
Andrew’s acclaimed book How to Practise Music is published by Hal Leonard, and he has compiled Graded Gillock and Naoko Ikeda: The Graded Collection for The Willis Music Company. Most recently, he has created five books in The Joy of Graded Piano series. He is also renowned for his piano education website pianodao.com, which includes hundreds of free articles and reviews to support piano players and teachers worldwide.
Sally Cathcart, Ph.D. has many years of teaching experience both as a piano teacher and as a classroom music teacher. After her worldwide travels as a Winston Churchill Fellow, Sally founded the Oxford Piano Group as a place for pianists and teachers to collaborate and share experiences.
Sally is well-known globally for her innovative, high-quality, research-based approach to piano teaching and continuous professional development. In 2015, she co-founded The Curious Piano Teachers with Sharon Mark-Teggart to help establish a new way of thinking about piano teaching and piano teachers. In 2023, after 22 years of experience as a PTC Tutor,
Sally accepted the offer to become Course Director of The Piano Teachers’ Course, and, alongside her colleague International Director Lucinda Mackworth-Young, plans to lead this important organisation into a new period of development. In collaboration with Dr Christopher Fisher Sally is currently working as co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Piano Pedagogy.
Murray McLachlan combines a multifaceted career as pianist, recording artist, writer, lecturer, and music educator. With a repertoire of 25 recital programmes and 40 concertos he has performed to critical acclaim on all five continents and has a discography of over 40 releases.
He has written three critically acclaimed books on piano technique (Faber Music) and his quarterly column for International Piano Magazine has been running for over twenty years.
He is Founder/Artistic Director of the world famous Chetham’s International Summer school and festival for Pianists, Europe’s largest summer school devoted exclusively to the piano.
As an instrumental teacher and mentor, David has worked passionately within the field of music education for over 20 years. As a composer and arranger, David has over 100 works published in the UK and overseas.
He writes a successful blog and contributes to a number of print publications. Following an MEd at The Open University, David is an active researcher in the field of music education, having completed a PhD at the Royal College of Music, London, where his thesis focussed on autonomy and control in private music teaching.
He has been a Research Consultant with ABRSM, a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Royal College of Music, and a syllabus consultant for both ABRSM and LCM Examinations. He was a finalist in the Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award category at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence in 2018.