Heather Hammond is an award-winning educational composer and piano teacher based in York, UK. She studied piano and clarinet at Leeds College of Music & Education at Bretton Hall College (Wakefield). She was a music specialist in a primary school for a number of years. Heather currently has over one hundred publications (piano & woodwind) available with a variety of publishers.
She initially became popular due to her Cool Piano series (six books). Later followed the Funky Flute, Cool Clarinet, and Super Sax series (all published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd.).
Working in conjunction with Karen Marshall she co-authored the ‘Get Set! Piano’ series (published by Collins Music). ‘Get Set Piano’ Tutor Book 1 was a finalist for the Best Print Resource at the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence in 2014. Then followed ‘The Intermediate Pianist’ series, again co-written with Karen Marshall. These three books form part of the Faber Piano Trainer series. In 2018 these three books won the Best Print Resource award.
Heather’s most recent piano music has been published by EVC Music Ltd. ‘Grooves For Piano Dudes, book 1’, ‘Piano Olé!’, ‘Ballads Without Words’, ‘The Wheels of Time’ (a piano duet), and ‘Easy Piano Christmas Duets’ are all currently available.
New collections ‘Grooves for Piano Dudes’, book 2 and’ Grooves for Piano Dudes’, book 3, Halloween – were released in June 2022.
Many of Heather’s pieces have been chosen for inclusion in exam syllabuses and for music festival performances in both the UK and abroad. The three London College of Music pre-grade 1 handbooks (2018 – 2021) were written by Heather and she also contributed to the ABRSM Piano Star series.
Interview with Murray McLachlan on Musicroom.com
Pianodao review for the new Ballads Without Words