23rd Annual Piano Week 28th August – 1st Sept 2021

Led by Nikki Yeoh

Jazz, Blues, Funk and Latin piano intensive workshop for the last week of summer holidays.
Led by awarding-winning jazz pianist and composer Nikki Yeoh
With the help of experienced and renowned tutors:
Tim Richards
John Crawford
Robert Mitchell
Fancy honing your piano skills with the pros in the legendary Premises Studios, where the good and the great – from Nina Simone to Robert Glasper – have rehearsed and recorded? Want to create beautiful sounds with the guidance, encouragement and expertise of some of the most experienced and knowledgeable tutors in the biz? Want to walk away with a professional studio recording of your best version of a jazz standard (or your own tune) complete with a top flight rhythm section? Want to work hard, have fun, and learn the techniques of improvisation, rhythm, studio recording, harmonies and modal jazz?

Then this is most certainly the course for you. We provide everything you would expect from a top music studio. All you need to bring is your desire to improve and a willingness to get playful, curious and experiment with sounds and techniques not yet in your piano comfort zone.
Do you need to be a top-grade musician already? Nope. Sure, it’s good to know your way around the keys and have a good working knowledge of chord progressions, scales and have a good sense of rhythm and melody, but we’re pretty sure whatever your level, we can help you not only get much better quite quickly, you will also remember how much fun it is to play when you are not being taught to the test. Sometimes weekly lessons and practice for exams can suck the joy out of music. So why not spend the last blast of the post-Covid summer restoring that joy, and becoming a much better and more confident player as well?
On the first day of the course, we’ll get a sense of your ability and put you into a group where you feel most at ease with the pace of tuition. From there on in, each day will be spent learning and perfecting new sounds and new skills, doing masterclasses and playing with like-minded musicians. On the final day you will go into Recording Studio A and cut a track of your choice with a dream-ticket bass player and drummer. The result will be your own master recording of a piece that you’ve thoroughly nailed and made your own.
Most importantly, you will have fun. Nikki Yeoh and the other tutors know how to tease out your playful, creative, experimental side, whilst making sure that your technique in all jazz-related forms is better crafted and more accomplished than you may have thought possible.

Topics covered
• Jazz harmony and chord voicings
• Blues
• Bebop
• Modal jazz
• Latin/Brazilian jazz
• Improvisation techniques
• Funk
• Playing and recording with a top rhythm section


Course Leader Nikki Yeoh
Nikki came to prominence in the 1990s with her own band INFINITUM, featuring Mark Mondesir and Keith Le Blanc, that has performed at the London, Cheltenham and Bath Jazz Festivals and at the Royal Festival Hall. Her style is contemporary and original. Nikki is a former member of Courtney Pine’s band and has worked with many world-class musicians, including John Surman, The Roots, Billy Cobham and Cleveland Watkiss. A gifted teacher and music educator, she is a regular headliner at Ronnie Scott’s Club and was named Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards..

Tim Richards
One of the UK’s leading pianists, composers and jazz educators, Tim is best known as the founder and leader of the modern jazz groups SPIRIT LEVEL and GREAT SPIRIT. He has toured extensively throughout Europe and released over 10 albums as a leader, the most recent being the trio CD ‘Shapeshifting’ (33Jazz205).

John Crawford
John is the UK’s leading Latin jazz pianist and has appeared with most visiting musicians from Latin America as well as running his own bands GRUPO X and VIDA NOVA. He has lectured at the Guildhall School of Music and teaches the Latin Piano course at Goldsmiths College. His Latin day at Premises is always one of the most popular events of the week.

Robert Mitchell
Composer and pianist Robert Mitchell has over 20 years experience in performing, composing and teaching both the standard modes of jazz piano as well as his signature one-handed technique. He has toured with Courtney Pine, Steve Coleman, Greg Osby and many other jazz greats, as well as in his own long-standing ensemble Panacea. His passion is blending his love of Jazz with elements of soul, R & B and popular music of the 60s and 70s.  His largest composition, Invocation, has been performed by the award-winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. He has vast experience in delivering masterclasses in improvisation, techniques, performance and practice.

Places on this unique course are limited to just 15 people. To book your place at the all-inclusive early bird price of £395, email now: michele@premiseseducation.org


All of our studios are open 7 days a weeks for rehearsals and recording.

There are currently some necessary restrictions

and a strict health protocol, both for your safety and ours.

Email bookings@premisesstudios.com for rehearsals or for 

long let studios, or call 0207 729 7593 and let us know what you need.

For recording enquiries please email recordings@premisesstudios.com.

FILMING IN STUDIO A.  In association with

Panasonic, our main recording studio can be rigged with lights

and cameras for 4K filming, allowing you to create Ultra HD

quality video content with master quality audio.

Example: Jamie Cullum/Fatima at The Premises

Special offer to Premises members:

A one-day record and film package, with engineer and videographer
(in-house edit included) for just £950 + Vat.

Many other flexible options available too, including full-on live band streaming with super-fast upload speeds. 

Email: recordings@premisesstudios.com for enquiries.

Can’t wait to see you all again, it’s been a while!

Julia Craik RIP

Very sad to report that Julia Craik, our lovely Managing Director at The Premises Studios, passed away in hospital yesterday morning. The immediate cause was heart failure following complications from what seems to have been a severe bout of Covid-19.
Her partner Richard was able to be with her when she died and is of course very distraught. We spoke to her last week and although she was obviously in a lot of pain, she and Richard were very hopeful that the worst was over.
We are all in shock. Julia was our super-organised big sister for the past 24 years and we will miss her dearly.

Premises Summer Party 2018

The 2018 Premises Studios Summer Party on June 30th was a huge blast, thanks to all the 400 people and the amazing bands, artists and DJ’s who made it feel like a mini festival…
Here’s the first set of photos from the night, courtesy of Sally Hossack. Send us yours and we’ll add the best of them to this page!
You can also hear more from the artists who played at the links below:




We’re Joining the Energy Bill Revolution!

As you may know, here at The Premises we really care about supporting campaigns that help both the environment and society generally. We’ve had huge successes with our solar powered recording studio, our rooftop beehive and campaigns to create a meaningful Feed-In Tariff for green energy generation.  We’ve also worked to encourage small businesses to […]