6 January 2022
The Mount School York is delighted today to welcome our new Piano Teacher, Alison Forster.
Alison, who has been playing the piano since she was 9 years old, has years of experience teaching pupils of all ages. Alison, previously the Director of Music at The Minster School (York) also runs The York Junior Youth Choir, who rehearse at The Mount School on Saturdays and is the Director of Music at St Michael’s Church in Malton.
The appointment of Alison Forster is set to further strengthen The Mount’s ‘All Steinway’ status. The Mount School became the first school in North Yorkshire to gain the internationally recognised designation as an ‘All Steinway School’ with the delivery of 10 brand new Steinway pianos, which students and staff had selected at Steinway Hall in London.
“It is a privilege to be able to teach on the beautiful Steinway pianos and at a school where pianos and Music are so highly valued,” commented Alison. “I am looking forward to getting to know the girls at The Mount and becoming part of The Mount Community.”
Rachel Derbyshire, The Mount’s Head of Music, said, “It is exciting that our Steinway initiative is gaining momentum, since the pianos arrived more girls at The Mount have taken up piano lessons. I am extremely excited to welcome Alison and her wealth of experience to the Music Department and I look forward to the quality and creativity of our pianists developing even further.”
The partnership between The Mount and Steinway and Sons gives Mount girls daily access to the highest quality pianos to practice, compose, perform, and realise their artistic talents on world-class quality instruments. The Mount is the first all-girls school in the North of England to receive the internationally recognised designation as an All-Steinway School. As part of the All-Steinway status, girls at The Mount will also enjoy Masterclasses with Steinway artists and opportunities to perform in the recital space at Steinway Hall.