A little bit about us...

Husband and wife team Alistair and Hannah met at Edinburgh University in 2004 whilst studying for their BMus degrees.  They share a love for all types of music and a passion for teaching, aiming to instil a lifelong love of music in their students.


Both Hannah and Alistair have been teaching privately for over 15 years, with a particular focus on integrating technique, theory, history, harmony and improvisation. In addition to the Intensive Grade 5 Theory course written by Hannah, they are writing a new piano method for adults with a strong focus on harmony.


Together, Hannah and Alistair have run numerous workshops for children and adults. They have also both spent time studying the Alexander Technique, used by many actors and musicians, which is about overcoming habits affecting posture and thought processes.


They have two young sons who play music with them every day!   

Hannah Cahill


Hannah Cahill was born in London and began learning the piano at the age of 11, whilst at Godolphin & Latymer School. She went on to study music at Edinburgh University under the direction of Peter Nelson and John Kitchen where she gained a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus (hons) ) in 2005, specialising in History, Counterpoint and Electroacoustic Composition.


In addition to her private teaching, from 2010 - 2012 Hannah co-directed Cactus Music School, putting on one day musicals and workshops for children as well as a series of lighthearted talks on music history, Beer & Bach, for adults in London pubs. 


She has a particular interest in music psychology and aesthetics and it still trying to learn polyphonic singing...


Hannah specialises in (and LOVES!) Music Theory and teaches our intensive courses.


Hannah is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM).


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Alistair Bankier


Alistair Bankier was born in Glasgow  and began learning the piano at the age of seven and sang with the National Youth Choir of Scotland. He studied music at Edinburgh University under the direction of Peter Evans, Nigel Osborne and John Kitchen, specialising in Piano Performance and Harmony & Counterpoint.


During his degree, he spent time working wth inmates in an Edinburgh prison using music as part of the  rehabilitation process. He gained his Bachelor of Music (BMus (hons) ) in 2006.


In addition his private teaching, Alistair has  performed both as a soloist and with orchestras and has also toured with many choirs as a baritone. 


Alistair also happens to be a fantastic cook and he caters for all our group courses.


Alistair specialises in teaching piano to adult beginners.


Alistair is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)


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