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Edinburgh Piano Duo

Edinburgh Piano Duo

A fine example of precision duet playing

Schubertiad Review

The Ravel was nothing less than enchanting...the pace was judged absolutely to perfection.

Fringe Review

Duo - Instrumental


  • Margaret Wakeford and Simon Coverdale - Piano 4-Hands


Works by:

Bach-Dubois, Barber, Bizet, Bowen, Coates, arr. Lee, Debussy, Dvorak, Faure, Grieg, Hindemith, John Irvine, Philip Lane, Langlais-Coverdale, Mozart, Onslow, Poulenc, Ravel, Saint-Saens-Garban, Schmitt, Schubert, Schumann-Bizet, Szelenyi, Walton-Lambert, and Weber.

Workshops also available on request.


Margaret Wakeford studied piano and accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music London with George Rogers and John Streets, and later with Lawrence Glover in Glasgow. Since then her musical career has involved work for the BBC, teaching at the RSAMD, City of Edinburgh Music School, and currently at St. Mary's Music School where she has recently retired as piano tutor, accompanist, chamber music coach and directing performance classes. She is also in demand as an adjudicator.

Simon Coverdale undertook early intensive musical education at St Paul's Cathedral London, subsequently studying piano with Michael Gough Matthews and Lawrence Glover at the RSAMD and RCM. As well as giving solo recitals, accompanying and adjudicating he regularly performs in a piano duet partnership with his wife Margaret Wakeford: until retiral this year this was combined with tuition of principal study pianists at the Ian Tomlin Academy at Edinburgh Napier University and Edinburgh University; recently he has taught and coached on occasion at St. Mary's Music School since retiring from 22 years on the piano staff at the City of Edinburgh Music School - previous to this he taught in the piano department at the RCS.

For two decades Margaret and Simon have been frequent performers at music clubs and societies around Scotland and in demand for directing duet masterclasses; in 2010 they were invited to Washington State USA where they gave recitals and workshops.