Martin Roscoe 2020 Launch Concert CANCELLED

Thursday, 7th May 2020 7.30pm.

Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Meins Rd, Blackburn, BB2 6QU

CANCELLATION of RVIPW launch concert, Martin Roscoe Solo Piano Recital on 7th May 2020
We have watched closely as the current Covid-19 crisis has unfolded with increasing dismay as concerts have been cancelled in rising numbers over the last week. The Government advice we are now faced with has led us to the inevitable conclusion that, with enormous regret, we must take the
unprecedented step to cancel our RVIPW launch concert – Martin Roscoe’s solo recital on May 7th 2020.
This has been an extremely difficult decision – but the RVIPW committee of volunteers who all care deeply and passionately about this festival were, in the end, unanimous.
Whilst this is incredibly disappointing 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 15 th to 18 th July. We are also working towards providing some on-line resources – news of this will appear on our website and RVIPW Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Anyone who has bought tickets for the launch concert already is fully entitled to a refund. Anyone wishing to claim their money back please email
Although this is a difficult time for us at RVIPW, it is far more difficult for all the musicians who have watched their diaries empty at a terrifying rate, leaving them with no income whatsoever. We are hopeful that when concert halls open their doors again the current enforced concert embargo might make us appreciate all the more just how vitally important live music is for our culture and society.

PIANO WEEK – 15-18 JULY 2020

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MOZART Allegro in G minor, K. 312
HAYDN Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI/20
BEETHOVEN Sonata in A flat, Op. 110
BEETHOVEN Sonata in D, Op. 10/3
LISZT Sonetto Del Petrarca No. 104
LISZT Ballade No. 2 in B minor


Wednesday 15th July 2020, 7.30pm

The festival’s opening concert will this year be given by our Artistic
Director. With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades,
Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists.
Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home
in concerto, recital and chamber performances. His enduring popularity
and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply
thoughtful musicianship and his easy rapport with audiences and fellow
musicians alike.
Martin recorded all of Beethoven’s Sonatas to great critical acclaim
between 2010 and 2018, and it seems only fitting that he revisits two
of those sonatas in this celebratory year. His programme concludes with
works inspired by poetry. Liszt’s Sonetto Del Petrarca, ‘I find no peace’
paints the protagonist’s confused state of mind whilst Ballade No. 2 is
inspired by Gottfried August Bürger’s Gothic horror ballad. We’re in for
quite a night!
6.30pm Pre-concert talk – FREE.
Tickets: £20 (£16 concession)

Discovering Beethoven: Uncovering the genius through
his piano music
BEETHOVEN Sonata in F, Op. 10/2
BEETHOVEN 6 Bagatelles Op. 126
BEETHOVEN Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57 “Appassionata”


THURSDAY 16th JULY 2020, 12 NOON


Victor Braojos studied his Bachelor’s Degree at Escola Superior de
Música de Catalunya (Barcelona) before moving to London to gain his
Masters in Performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama
thanks to an Excellence Scholarship Award. Prizes to date include: 1st
prize in the Catalunya Piano Competition (the youngest winner in it’s
50 year history); 1st prize in the Barcelona Piano Competition; and 1st
prize in the Girona Music Competition.
In the year in which we celebrate 250 years since Beethoven’s birth,
Victor’s programme will take the audience through a musical journey
with a selection of Beethoven’s most well-known and contrasted piano
works. Braojos begins with the bright and humorous Sonata in F, Op.
10/2, the apparently naive although astonishingly revolutionary 6
Bagatelles Op. 126 and, of course, Beethoven’s Sonata in F minor, Op.
57 “Appassionata”, probably one of his most powerful and dramatic
piano works.
Tickets: £13 (£9 concession)


SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in B flat major, D960
RACHMANINOV Prelude in D minor, Op. 23, No. 3
RACHMANINOV Fugue in D minor
RACHMANINOV Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 28


THURSDAY 16th JULY 2020, 7.30pm

Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist
of the Year in 2013, Steven Osborne is one of Britain’s
most treasured musicians. Celebrated for his insightful
interpretations, his musicality and technique, Osborne is
much sought after as soloist, chamber musician and recitalist.
2020 will see the release of his 30th recording for Hyperion.

Steven’s programme this evening combines works by two formidable
forces in the canon of piano repertoire. Opening with Schubert’s final composition for piano, the sonata in B flat major D960, he concludes with
Rachmaninov’s Sonata No. 1; a work of symphonic scale to
suitably draw an epic evening of pianistic repertoire to a close.

6.30pm Pre-concert talk – FREE.
Tickets: £20 (£16 concession)


FRIDAY 17th JULY 2020, 12 noon

Pianist Karnsiri Laothamatas is a winner of various awards, including the
2nd prize at the Birmingham International Piano Competition, the 3rd
prize at the ASEAN International Concerto Competition and a laureate of
the 2018 Shean Piano competition. A native of Chiang Rai, Karnsiri studied
piano from the age of 5, and is currently in the Artist Diploma program
at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Martin
Roscoe and Ronan O’Hora.

Karnsiri will play Haydn’s Sonata in A flat, described as the work that
saw him bursting out of the ‘modest classical mould’. Central to the
programme are two contrasting Nocturnes by Chopin whose unmistakable
influence can be heard in the concert’s concluding works by Scriabin.
Prelude and Nocturne for left hand were written during a time of injury and sing a simple plaintive song of great beauty and harmonic richness whilst “Sonata-Fantasy” will transport us to the calm and storm the composer witnessed on the Baltic coast.

Tickets: £13 (£9 concession)

HAYDN Variations in F Minor, Hob. XVII:6, “Un piccolo
CHOPIN Sonata in B minor, Op. 58
SCHUBERT Four Impromptus, D. 935 (Op. posth. 142)
LISZT Réminiscences de Norma


FRIDAY 17th JULY 2020, 7.30pm

Making her Ribble Valley International Piano Week debut in a
lunchtime concert in 2019, Lauren Zhang left so many of you
asking for more that we’ve invited her back immediately for an
evening concert in this year’s festival. Lauren won the BBC Young
Musician Competition in 2018 and later that year made her BBC
Proms debut. She has already gained wide spread critical acclaim
for her musical intelligence alongside exceptional technical
Lauren Zhang’s programme showcases works by prolific classical
and romantic composers exploring a variety of compositional
forms. Her recital concludes with Liszt’s mighty Réminiscences de
Norma paraphrase, a piece which takes the drama and passion of
Bellini’s opera and creates out of it a masterpiece for solo piano
that combines virtuoso demands with a striking nobility.

6.30pm Pre-concert talk – FREE.
Tickets: £20 (£16 concession)

GRIEG Trolltog (March of the Trolls, Lyric Pieces Op. 54 No. 3)
GOUNOD Funeral March of a Marionette
PROKOFIEV Waltz & Midnight (from Cinderella)
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition


SATURDAY 18th JULY 2020, 12 noon

Brothers Jonathan and Tom perform in instrumental combinations
which cover the entire keyboard spectrum, including Piano Duet, Piano &
Organ, and Harmonium & Piano. Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom
both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern
College of Music (RNCM). Scott Brothers Duo are the winners of the 2019
ECHO (European Cities of Historical Organs) competition to create a
performance which introduces the pipe organ to a young audience. Their
project combines animation and organ music and will be performed at
major festivals across Europe in 2019 and 2020.

In an enchanting lunchtime concert entitled Fairy Tales and Fantasy, the
Scott Brothers Duo will perform a programme of fantastic piano duets
accompanied by Tom Scott’s award winning magical animations on the
big screen. This is a concert to delight adults and children alike, suitable
for all ages.

Tickets: £13 (£9 concession), Children under 16 go FREE.
£15 Family ticket – 2 adults accompanying at least 1 child.


MOZART Sonata in B flat, K.454
BRAHMS Sonata in D minor, Op. 108
GRIEG Sonata in G, Op. 13


SATURDAY 18th JULY 2020 7.30pm

When Tasmin Little announced her intention to retire in the
summer of 2020 after more than 30 years on the concert platform
there was no doubt that an invitation should be extended for a
final appearance at Ribble Valley International Piano Week. Once
again joined by Martin Roscoe, these two outstanding British artists
and great friends will close our 2020 festival with one of their
final performances together. Their recital seamlessly intermingles
cornerstones of the repertoire with a programme that is sure to fuse
their instruments together to create one incredibly beautiful voice.

6.30pm Pre-concert talk – FREE.

Tickets: £23 (£19 concession)

6.30pm Pre-concert talk – FREE

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Eligible concession prices are as follows –

A £4 discount is available to the unemployed, disabled people and their essential companions. Students in full-time education are entitled to free tickets when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

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Please note we are not able to offer senior concessions for over 60’s

Eligible concession prices are as follows –

A £4 discount is available to the unemployed, disabled people and their essential companions. Students in full-time education are entitled to free tickets when accompanied by an adult ticket holder.

(Includes 50p booking fee)

All tickets should be collected with some form of identity up to 1 hour before any of the concerts.

RVIPW Play Our Piano! July 15th to July 18th 2020


Throughout the main festival we are fortunate to have use of a wonderful Yamaha CFX 9′ Concert Grand piano. This piano is very generously supplied to us by Yamaha UK.

If you’ve always dreamed of playing one of these fabulous instruments, why not book a 15 minute slot, (or multiples of slots!) and have the auditorium, and the piano, all to yourself? This opportunity would be of particular benefit to Piano Groups, instrument teachers and music students in preparation for exams or auditions – or invite your friends and family to listen in and hold your own “mini-concert”!

We make a charge of £15 for each 15 minute slot. All money raised will be used to support our Young Artists programme of lunchtime recitals.

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Availability is strictly limited. To book, first contact Rebecca Weaver on to enquire about availability and reserve your slot. Once it has been confirmed, use our PayPal button below within 24 hours to make your donation, and this will secure your booking.

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