About Us

Ribble Valley International Piano Week is a festival of piano related musical events, held in July each year, and from 2011 has been at the purpose-built Croston Theatre, Westholme School on the rural outskirts of Blackburn, Lancashire.

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Martin Roscoe

Ribble Valley International Piano Week is the promotional name of Blackburn International Music Festival, a registered charity (number 1015162), which was established in 1987 and since 1991 has been an annual event. The festival is keenly anticipated by piano music lovers, not only throughout the North West of England, but much further afield, many of whom return year after year. Since 1991, our Artistic Director has been internationally renowned concert pianist Martin Roscoe who usually performs two or three times during the festival.

Sir Andrew Motion and Ian Buckle, 2014

Our list of performers over the years reads like a “who’s who” of classical pianists, including Moura Lympany, Peter Donohoe, Artur Pizarro, Dmitiri Alexeev, Alicia de Larrocha, John Lill, Boris Berezovsky, Lars Vogt, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Piers Lane, Nikolai Demidenko, Nelson Goerner, Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Ronald Brautigam, Kathryn Stott, Noriko Ogawa, Benjamin Grosvenor and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, to name but a few – not forgetting our Artsitic Director Martin Roscoe.

Each year in the programming, we include alternatives to solo piano recitals which have included piano quartets and trios, wind ensembles and solo instruments with piano. On many occasions we have enjoyed two piano concerts often with Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe, who have been piano duo partners for 35 years. In 2014 we were joined by Sir Andrew Motion who, with pianist Ian Buckle, presented “Anthem for Doomed Youth”, a rich tapestry of words and music, commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I.

When grants and/or sponsorship have permitted, we have arranged events in local schools and have organised masterclasses and competitions for young pianists. We usually have a couple of younger performers during the week who we encourage in the early periods of their professional careers.

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Yahama CFX Concert Grand Piano

We are indebted to Yamaha for their continuing support over the years in kindly loaning to us one (and sometimes two) of their very best concert grand pianos.

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