A message from our Chairperson, Marianne Bailey.

We are sure that, like us, you have been watching the unfolding crisis surrounding Covid-19 closely. The Government advice we are now faced with has led us to the inevitable conclusion that we must take the unprecedented step to cancel our RVIPW launch concert – Martin Roscoe’s solo recital on May 7th 2020.

As Chair this has been the toughest decision I have had to make and I am grateful to the RVIPW committee of volunteers who all care as passionately as I do about our festival for their support in making this decision. In the end, it was unanimous.

Whilst this is incredibly disappointing for us all – and financially it will be a struggle to try and recoup costs we have incurred so far – we will be monitoring the situation as it unfolds over the coming months and we very much hope to be able to go ahead with the summer festival from 15th to 18th July. Of course we will keep you informed.

In the meantime we will endeavor to provide some RVIPW online content to keep you in touch with us. Watch out for further newsletters in which we will direct you to anything we manage to produce – and there will be regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts – plus on our own website . So we won’t be disappearing completely and would welcome your input whenever you feel you want to get in touch with ideas, comments or suggestions for things we might do online, please email us at or get involved in the social media posts.

Anyone who has bought tickets for the launch concert already – our thanks for doing so – you are fully entitled to a refund. If you would like to have your money back please email us.

Although this is a difficult time for us, it is far more difficult for all the musicians who have watched their diaries empty at a terrifying rate over the last week or so, leaving them with no income whatsoever. Please, we implore you, when the concert halls open again do your utmost to support them – buy tickets, go to concerts and in the meantime buy their CD’s. That old saying goes “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” – perhaps the current enforced concert embargo might make us appreciate all the more just how vitally important live music is for our culture and society.

Keep well. This crisis will pass. We are here for your questions and comments and we are hopeful that we will see you in the summer.