1, Brigham Close, Brundall, Norfolk NR13 5QL

Welcome to Ripplingkeys Music

I'm Rory Marsden, a Norfolk-based musician. I hope you enjoy looking round my website. Please contact me if I can help with your music requirements.

About Me

I was born in London and learnt piano and cello as a boy. I studied biochemistry at UCL and have always enjoyed the heady combination of maths, science and music. My career has been a bit of both, but is now firmly on the music side.

I have been teaching music for many years, and have a huge number of exam successes with my students. Many of my pupils have gone on to careers in music, while the others have their music as a lifelong hobby. I am very proud of all of them, and I continue to get a great deal out of this work. I believe that lessons should be fun, but making good progress is part of the fun, so I’ll expect you to practise! read more

New Gittern!

When I was at the Medieval Music In the Dales festival two weeks ago, I bought a new gittern – a medieval instrument which is an early form of the guitar. This one was made by Ugo Casalonga from Corsica. He has a wonderful workshop, where he makes all manner of medieval stringed instruments, entirely by hand. I enjoyed talking to Ugo, and I loved the sound of the gittern he had on display. It was a great opportunity to buy this instrument, and Bolton Castle was a wonderful setting for the Instruments Exhibition during the festival. read more

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Mediæval Music In The Dales

This Festival is held every year in the Yorkshire Dales, and I never even knew about it until early this summer! So here I am in Wensleydale, home of Wallace’s favourite cheese, ready to leave early for Bolton Castle tomorrow. I have brought my violin, my recorders and my gittern (mediæval stringed instrument, rather like an early guitar). I’ve signed up for a few workshops, including a string workshop and a male voice choir! Should be good, but I’ll let you know….

https://www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk read more

Dinner Jazz at Blackfriars Hall, Norwich

I was both honoured and delighted to be asked to play dinner jazz for Nick and Antoinette Faulkner’s Golden Wedding Anniversary celebrations at Blackfriars Hall last Saturday. It was a glittering occasion, with elegant guests, beautiful food and a sparkling ambience in this most stylish of venues.

The Bösendorfer piano on the stage has a rich and velvety sound, and I played two 45-minute sets of (mostly) jazz – throwing in a couple of lovely classical works, one by Beethoven, the other by Chopin. The jazz numbers from my set included: read more