Death of an influential keyboard teacher

Death of an influential keyboard teacher


norman lebrecht

October 24, 2017

The distinguished piano and haprsichord teacher Heather Slade-Lipkin was laid to rest in a Manchester Jewish cemetery on Sunday.

Heather, who died on October 16, was Professor of Piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Her students included Stephen Hough, Leon McCawley, Stephen Gosling, Stephen Coombs and many more.


  • Theodore McGuiver says:

    RIP, Heather, and thank you for everything you taught me. The above picture was taken at a concert of her pupils at the RNCM last March for her birthday, almost a year after Heather had been given only a few months. She never gave up. Her roll call of successful students is enormous; Anna Markland (outright winner, BBC Young Musician 1982) doesn’t even make a convenient shortlist, these days.

  • Larry says:

    RIP is reserved for RC’s only!

  • RW2013 says:

    Miles, if someone pays you a compliment, just say “thank you” and move on.
    (I can’t do it either…)

  • Una says:

    I knew Heather well and as a pianist. She was also one of two Jewish pianists who played for me when I was the soprano soloist in Rossini’ s Petite Messse in Manchester. She never did give up and I am sorry to hear this news. May she rest in peace, and much sympathy to her family who will miss he enormously.

  • Edward says:

    Sadly, all move on, as those who are left behind mourne.

    Down under, in Australia, we adore Stephen Hough’s piano performances: then, Heather Slade-Lipkin’s legacy is profound in death, as we honour her music during an exceptional life.

    And the love unfailingly resounding because of her commitment to music, continues to flourish on its joyous journey.

    Returned to the Creator, but forever remembered in our hearts as we reflect in our grief: on the meaning of Heather Slade-Lipkin’s life for us, that once resided in our lives.

    So sorely missed.

  • David Moss says:

    My wonderful teacher; may she rest in peace . David Moss