August 2018 Newsletter – from Chairman Marianne Bailey

Now there has been time to draw breath following the intense activity required during RVIPW itself I wanted to send a heartfelt “thank you” to all of you who came to concerts, and to those of you who sent messages of support and appreciation. Plus of course to the committee themselves who worked so hard – sometimes battling against unpredictable circumstances – to keep everything running smoothly.

Once again it was striking how much pleasure this occasion gives to so many people, but it is clear that we cannot continue and thrive on ticket sales alone – so a huge thank you to all who support us in an extra capacity by becoming “friends and supporters” – your contribution REALLY makes a difference.  If you are one of those who can’t imagine a summer without “piano week”, please consider signing up for one of these packages –  .  It was lovely to meet some of you at the Supporters Reception – I wish I could have spent longer chatting to you all but the piano required attention!
On with next year’s planning – many of you will have seen in the programme that our dates for 2019 will be Thurs 11th – Sun 14th July. For the first time in my  experience with RVIPW we will be including an orchestral concert! In a joint production with Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, on Sat 13th July 2019 Martin Roscoe will perform Rhapsody In Blue, the concert starts at 7.30pm, so put that date in your diary now! Watch this space for further information as it becomes available – we have our next planning meeting at the end of September so I will compile another newsletter soon after then.
Enjoy the rest of the summer and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Warmest wishes,
Marianne Bailey
Chairman RVIPW

June 2018 Newsletter


Pianist Magazine have featured us both in their guide to the best too 10 festivals this summer, and in an article for their online news – here

And – here


May 2018 Newsletter


With just two weeks to go until Martin Roscoe launches this summer’s RVIPW on May 9th, excitement is building…

Martin played two sell-out concerts in Lancaster recently – Brahms 1st Piano Concerto with the Haffner orchestra at Lancaster University, (the biggest audience they’ve ever had apparently) and then a solo recital at Lancaster Royal Grammar School last week. There were numerous comments from delighted audience members praising everything from the exquisite sensitivity to the awesome power and over-arching  musicianship of his playing. This will come as no surprise to our regulars!

These attributes will be on display for us on May 9th when Martin plays us a delightful programme centred on the theme of dances, so don’t miss out. Of course in addition to a wonderful evening of music we will also be revealing details of the main festival, 18-21st July. Plus you will have the opportunity of choosing which culinary delights you might enjoy from The Mill Outside, who will be providing interval refreshments too. Buy your tickets online in advance to save queuing at the door on the night.

If you can’t bear to wait until 9th May to find out all the details don’t forget that one of the advantages of joining our Friends and Supporters scheme is that you will be sent the festival brochure a week ahead of the Launch concert (on May 2nd). We now have a whole range of packages starting from just £30 so have a look at – it’s easy to sign up for these packages on our website using PayPal and there are a whole host of benefits – not least that you will be helping to secure our future.

We look forward to seeing you at 7.30pm at The Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Mein’s Rd Blackburn, BB2 6QU


July 2017 Newsletter

We are in the final run-up to #RVIPW30 now with just a week to go until our first concert on 19th July – a thrilling musical dialogue between violinist of international acclaim Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe. The festival opens at 1830 with their pre-concert talk.

Everything is in place now for the week with innovative and imaginative ideas enhancing the usual incomparable selection of concerts on offer over the four days of the festival.

We are excited to welcome Rimmers Music from Blackburn to RVIPW – they are very kindly supporting us with supply of a wonderful Yamaha CFX concert grand from their sister store in Bolton, but will also be bringing some musical gifts and accessories for you to browse through in the foyer AND will be running a fantastic free prize draw – a £30 voucher to be spent in-store. You can enter the draw during the week and the lucky winner will be announced during the interval on Saturday night. (more…)