july, 2018

11jul1:10 pmFiona Austen, HarpSt. Andrew's Summer Recitals1:10 pm The Minster Church of St. Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2ADEvent Type :Summer Recitals

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Fiona began learning the piano at the age of nine and in her early years attended the Watford School of Music. In 1975 she was awarded a piano scholarship to study on the specialist Music Scheme at Wells Cathedral School. During her time there she gave many performances, with venues including St. John’s Smith Square, the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, where she had the privilege of performing as joint soloist with Sir Yehudi Menuhin, playing chamber organ in a Vivaldi violin and organ concerto.

In 1980 she entered the Royal Northern College of Music to study solo piano with Renna Kellaway. She also studied harp with Renata Scheffel-Stein and Robert Johnston. At the end of her first year Fiona was awarded the Peter Frankl prize for Piano, a prize which she received again following her diploma recital.

Fiona has given and taken part in many recitals in different venues in the United Kingdom and has also worked extensively as an accompanist and chamber musician.  In the North she has given recitals at Cartmel Priory, Sedbergh School and Carlisle Cathedral.  She has performed on the harp as a soloist and ensemble player, playing with the Cockermouth Harmonic Society, Wigton Choral Society, Abbey Singers in Carlisle and in Ripon Cathedral.

Following her 4 years at the Royal Northern College of Music, Fiona did a PGCE at Didsbury College in Manchester after which she chose to follow her passion for teaching music, while also bringing up three children and supporting her husband Simon in his work in full time ministry as a Church of England vicar. Having taught music in a number of schools round the country, Fiona currently teaches piano and harp in several schools in and around Exeter, where she has lived since 2013 when her husband Simon was appointed Rector of St. Leonard’s Church.



(Wednesday) 1:10 pm


The Minster Church of St. Andrew

Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2AD

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