Roy Wightman is a pianist, organist and teacher based in Stafford. He was trained by Leon Forrester and May Walley in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Roger Fisher, then organist of Chester Cathedral. Roy studied music at Oxford and York, where he specialised in the history of Polish music, and has worked as a school music teacher at both primary and secondary level, lecturer (Newcastle-under-Lyme College) and adviser in post-graduate studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He was also an instructor at the Staffordshire County Council’s School for Talented Young Musicians, and has performed regularly as solo pianist and harpsichordist, and as a member of the Chiarina Piano Trio. His publications include full-length studies of the life and music of the Polish composers Karłowicz and Szymanowski, as well as numerous educational works. He is additionally principal examiner in A-level music with Edexcel.
Roy offers tuition in piano, organ and music theory to pupils of any age, whether beginners or those preparing for higher grades and diploma-level examinations. By drawing on a wide variety of musical works, he encourages pupils to develop not just their technical skills but also broadly-based tastes, enabling them to enjoy all sorts of music throughout their lives. Those who wish to can be trained and entered for examinations with the Associated Board or Trinity Guildhall. Beginners are recommended to take weekly lessons of thirty minutes, though very young children may find a shorter time better. Those preparing for higher grades will probably require forty-five minutes or an hour. Parents are welcome to attend. The basic hourly rate is £30.00, with discounted rates available for bookings of five or ten lessons paid in advance. Roy accompanies his pupils taking exams on other instruments at no extra charge.