Accompanist

Spencer Payne

 

Spencer is currently Director of Music at St. Edmund’s School, Canterbury. He is an accomplished performer, accompanist, teacher and examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and Trinity Guildhall.

Spencer studied piano with the international concert pianist Ronald Smith; he holds a Master of Arts degree which he gained with distinction, a PGCE and diplomas in piano performance and organ from the Royal College of Music and Trinity College, London, and the Royal College of Organists.   He is much in demand as an accompanist, recitalist and organist, and has provided organ and piano accompaniment on many recordings. Spencer also conducts the School Symphony Orchestra and recent performances include the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No.2, The Wasps Overture by Vaughan-Williams, Mont Juic by Britten/Berkeley, Haydn’s Horn concerto in E flat, the Havanaise by Saint-Saens, Beethoven’s Romance in F, Mozart’s Requiem and the Haydn Nelson Mass.

Spencer is particularly interested in the study of Baroque Harmony and Counterpoint techniques, and the performance of Romantic piano repertoire.  Although trained as a soloist, Spencer spends a large proportion of his time accompanying, rehearsing, coaching and examining in the UK and Far East.   In addition to performing, Spencer has directed many musicals and productions. He is also chairman of the Kent Festival Senior Piano Section, a committee member of EPTA, an examiner for A level performance for the EdExcel examinations board in London and sings as an occasional deputy Lay Clerk in Canterbury Cathedral Choir.