Bach French Suite No.3 in B minor
Beethoven Sonata in E minor Op.90
Mozart Sonata in C minor K.457
Interval 
Liszt Benediction De Dieu Dans La Solitude
Dohnanyi Suite in the olden style Op.24

RVIPW LAUNCH CONCERT Martin Roscoe piano recital

Thursday May 9th 2019, 7.30pm at The Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Meins Rd, Blackburn BB2 6QU.

Martin opens this evening’s concert with Bach’s 3rd French Suite – composed for Bach’s young wife Anna Magdelena in 1721 as instructional pieces. Compact and accessible, charming and elegant, these short pieces impart the very essence of manners and good taste. At the opposite end of tonight’s concert, it will be fascinating to hear Dohnanyi’s acutely melodic Suite in the Old Style. Though written almost 200 years later the Suite retains a very similar format to Bach’s much earlier work. A comparison of the Sarabandes in particular will be intriguing – both are renowned for their emotional intensity and grave beauty.

Sandwiched between the Suites we will be treated to pieces by 3 great masters of keyboard composition.

Beethoven’s piano sonata in E minor Op 90 consists of just 2 movements, the first “full of passionate and lonely energy” and the 2nd an exquisitely beautiful and gentle sonata-rondo. This piece hasn’t been played as part of RVIPW for many years – a welcome addition to tonight’s programme.

Mozart’s sonata in C minor is one of only 2 sonatas written in a minor key – this choice of key could imply that this piece was perhaps a very personal work and is undeniably one of his most important piano sonatas, “surpassing all the others by reason of fire and passion”.

Liszt’s Benediction de Dieu dans la Solitude, as the title suggests, is a meditation of transcendent beauty. Rarely performed – expect spine-tingling exaltation rather than Lisztian fireworks. Perfect for a spring evening!

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SCARLATTI         Sonata in D, K.119

SCARLATTI         Sonata in A, K.113

MOZART              Sonata in A minor K.310

CHOPIN                Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58

 

Serene Koh

Thursday 11th July, 12 noon

Singaporean pianist Serene Koh opens our 2019 festival with the first in our lunchtime emerging artist series.  Serene has won top prizes at competitions such as the Singapore National Piano Competition and is currently a scholarship recipient of The Leverhulme Trust and a Yamaha Artist.  Showcasing works by three keyboard virtuosos of their day, Serene’s performance begins with two light and cheerful Scarlatti sonatas.  The centre work is Mozart’s dark, tumultuous and unrelenting Sonata in A minor that precedes Chopin’s Sonata No. 3, famed as a true masterpiece that represents the culmination of a lifetime of piano playing. 

HAYDN                Sonata in G major Hob. XVI/40

SCHUBERT          Sonata in C minor D958

SCHUMANN       ‘Abegg’ Variations Op.1

HANS GÁL          Three Sketches Op.7  (1910)

BRAHMS             4 Klavierstücke Op.119

CHOPIN              Polonaise-Fantasie Op.61

Leon McCawley

Thursday 11thJuly, 7.30pm

Leon McCawley has been praised for the purity of his lyrical and heartfelt playing and boasts an impressive discography that has established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to classical, romantic and 20th century repertoire.  In tonight’s programme, Leon McCawley contrasts and interweaves early and late works of great keyboard composers with a plethora of repertoire for every palette. The evening also includes the first piano work of the Viennese emigré composer Hans Gál (1890-1987) whose complete piano music McCawley has championed and recorded.

6.30pm Pre-concert Talk – FREE

BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata No.28 in A major, Op.101

BRAHMS          Variations on a theme of Paganini, Op.35 (Books 1 & 2)

CHOPIN            Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op.22

Lauren Zhang

Friday 12th July, 12 noon

In 2018, Lauren Zhang won the BBC Young Musician Competition and later that year made her BBC Proms debut.  Tipped as one to watch, her performances across wide ranging repertoire are gaining wide spread critical acclaim for her musical intelligence alongside exceptional technical mastery.  Lauren opens with Beethoven’s introspective Piano Sonata in A, described by the composer himself as ‘a series of impressions and reveries’, before launching us into Brahms’ virtuosic variations based on Paganini’s famous Caprice No. 24.  After journeying through Chopin’s nocturne-lullaby character of the Andante Spianato our second lunchtime recital concludes with a display of heroic bravado, brilliance and brightness, that of Chopin’s Grand Polonaise.

MOZART             Sonata in A, K. 331 ‘Alla Turka’ from new Henle Edition

KANNO               A Particle of Water for piano and Myochin Hibashi Chopsticks

CHOPIN              Waltz No.1, Op.18 

CHOPIN              Ballade No.1 in G minor

DEBUSSY            Pour le Piano

DEBUSSY            Suite Bergamasque

DEBUSSY            La plus que lente

SATIE                   Gnossiennes: No.1 Lent

SATIE                   Le Piccadilly

SATIE                   Je te veux

Noriko Ogawa

Friday 12th July, 7.30pm

We are delighted that a firm RVIPW favourite, Noriko Ogawa, is returning to our 2019 festival.  Having achieved considerable renown throughout the world since her success at the Leeds International Piano Competition, Noriko’s “ravishingly poetic playing” (Telegraph) sets her apart from her contemporaries.  A fine Debussy specialist, Noriko’s programme includes staples from that unmistakable romantic sound world.  In complete contrast, the work by Kanno, which Noriko commissioned, incorporates Japanese sounds.  Myochin Hibashi Chopsticks are very special art pieces that are made with the highest quality steel used for Japanese Samurai Swords.  Hung as wind-chimes, we can expect a unique experience of the blended sound of the piano and the myochin.

6.30pm Pre-concert Talk – FREE

DEBUSSY    Six preludes from Book 1: Voiles; Les collines d’Anacapri; Des pas sur la neige; Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest; La fille aux cheveux de lin; Minstrels

LISZT           Three pieces from Années de Pèlerinage Book 3 Troisième année: Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este I: Thrénodie; Aux cyprès de la Villa d’Este II: Thrénodie; Les jeux d’eaux a la Villa d’Este.

KALKBRENNER     Variations Brillantes sur une Mazurka de Chopin, Op. 121

Tyler Hay

Saturday 13th July, 12 noon

Tyler Hay studied at the Purcell School for Young Musicians and the Royal Northern College of Music where he won the esteemed Gold Medal competition and played in the prize winner’s concert at Wigmore Hall in the Spring of 2017.  Most recently, Tyler won first prize in the keyboard section of the Royal Overseas League Competition in February 2016 and also went on to win first prize in the Liszt Society Competition in November. Tyler will play six preludes from Debussy’s evocative first book of preludes, three pieces from Liszt’s Années de Pèlerinage Book 3 that will transport us along the route of his pilgrimage before closing with Kalkbrenner’s show-stopping Variations Brillantes sur une Mazurka de Chopin.

CHABRIER          Marche Joyeuse

GERSHWIN         Rhapsody in Blue

BERNSTEIN         Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

BIZET                   L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2

RAVEL                 Bolero

Conductor:        Richard Howarth

Soloist:                Martin Roscoe

 

 

Blackburn Symphony Orchestra with soloist Martin Roscoe

Saturday 13th July 2019,7.30 pm

All aboard for the French / American experience? We begin our journey in France with Chabrier’s uplifting Marche Joyeuse; it’s sure to get your foot tapping.  American next and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, its trademark clarinet glissando opening will instantly transport you to New York and its soaring skyline.  Soak up the sultry atmosphere of downtown Manhattan with Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.  Famous tunes include Cha Cha (Maria), Somewhere and Mambo.  The last leg of the musical journey takes us back to France and to the music of Bizet and Ravel with the famous Bolero wending its way to take us to the end of our travels.

Short works for the piano by

J.S. Bach,

Mozart,

Beethoven,

Debussy,

Scott Joplin and

Nina Simone plus more

Holly Cullen-Davies presents ‘Why everyone should learn the piano’

Sunday 14th July, 12 noon

We love the piano so much at Ribble Valley International Piano Week that we wanted to find a way to give young people a chance to hear just what it can do in a concert designed for them.

Holly Cullen-Davies from the The Kids’ Concert Company will play a selection of short works for the piano, from classical music to jazz, by some of the most famous composers who ever lived. From Nina Simone to Mozart, Scott Joplin to Bach, it’s a celebration of all things PIANO for the whole family.

There will be a quiz and numerous chances to join in with singing, improvising at the piano, drawing and even dancing!

Our age recommendation for this concert is 6+

Tickets: £13 adults, children go FREE

Kids’ Concert Company founder Holly Cullen-Davies is well known for her work as pianist, music leader, presenter and entrepreneur. Her concerts are always lively, colourful, interactive and accessible to everyone. Holly believes that exposing children to the best music ever written is the most important way to inspire them. This music can be classical, jazz, folk, pop or film music but if children haven’t heard it they won’t know what they could be aiming for. What better start to the summer holidays could there be than this amazing introduction to the wonderful world of piano music, which will stay with the lucky children who experience it for the rest of their lives.

MOZART                           Violin Sonata in G, K.301

ELGAR                               Violin Sonata in E min, Op.82

CLARA SCHUMANN        Three Romances for Violin, Op.22

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS     The Lark Ascending

MIKLÓS RÓZSA Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song Op.4

 

CLOSING GALA CONCERT Jennifer Pike and Martin Roscoe

Sunday 14th July, 7.30pm

The festival’s closing concert brings a magnificent musical partnership back to the Ribble Valley.  Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM), violinist Jennifer Pike first gained international attention in 2002 when, aged 12, she became the youngest-ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.  Performing and recording regularly with esteemed pianist and festival director, Martin Roscoe, their concert will include a nod to the bicentenary of Clara Schumann with the luscious and poignant Romances and a national favourite in the form of Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending.

6.30pm Pre-concert Talk – FREE

WEBERThe Invitation to the Dance
BACH

French Suite No.6 in E
BEETHOVEN

Polonaise Op.89
SCHUBERT

German Dances D.783
RAVEL

Valses Nobles et Sentimentales

SMETANA

Polka in A minor
MARTINU

Polka
SZYMANOVSKI

2 Mazurkas Op.62
CHOPIN

Mazurka in A minor Op.17/4
CHOPIN

Polonaise-Fantaisie Op.61

RVIPW Launch Concert 2018 – 9th May 7:30pm

Join us for a magical evening of Polonaises, Waltzes, Gavottes, Mazurkas and Polkas!  Artistic Director, Martin Roscoe, invites the audience to explore the world of dance in this carefully constructed programme of short and popular pieces.

We begin, appropriately enough, with the first “concert” waltz ever written (music to listen, rather than dance to) – we can imagine watching the graceful dancers themselves in this evocative piece which Weber wrote for his new wife, Caroline. There follows an evening of music composed for nobility and for merry-making, from Bach’s French Suites in the early 1700’s to Vienna in 1815, where Tsars and Aristocracy mingled to the sound of Beethoven performing this Polonaise. Next we are transported to the more intimate salons of Vienna, where people came together to chat, to laugh and even to dance, where we hear the German dances which Schubert played for their delight, before concluding the first half in Paris with Ravel’s beautiful “Valses nobles et sentimentales”, titled in homage to Schubert. Onwards to Czechoslovakia, where Smetana and Martinu’s strong senses of identity and National pride are reflected in these Polkas, before a Mazurka by that master of the dance, Chopin – finishing with the Polonaise-Fantasie which is surely one of Chopin’s greatest and most effective pieces. (more…)

RVIPW Launch Concert 2017

Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Ribble Valley International Piano Week and Westholme School unite for a special concert by celebrated pianist, Martin Roscoe, for the launch of the 30th Ribble Valley International Piano Week.

Join us for an evening which brings the beauty of nature and music together in perfect harmony.  Artistic Director, Martin Roscoe, invites the audience to explore Europe’s varied landscapes. The musical tour begins with Beethoven’s exquisite Pastoral Sonata then winds its way through Schumannʼs evocative Forest Scenes, Dohnányiʼs Pastoral Hungarian nativity tale, Ireland’s melancholic Darkened Valley and Liszt’s dashing escape to the lakes and mountains of Switzerland. Debussy’s contrasting works depict the solitude of the Scottish Highlands before a violent west wind brings in a destructive storm from the sea and the concert finally finds peace in the luminous sound world of Schubertʼs Sonata in G.

Programme

BEETHOVEN – Sonata in D Op. 28 “Pastoral”
SCHUMANN – Waldszenen Op. 82 Nos 3 & 7
DOHNÁNYI – Pastorale on a Hungarian Christmas Song
IRELAND – The Darkened Valley
LISZT – Au Lac Du Wallenstadt; Pastorale (Annes de Pelerinage Premiere Annee: Suisse)
DEBUSSY – Preludes: Bruyeres; Ce Qu’a Vu Le Vent D’Ouest
SCHUBERT – Sonata in G D. 894

RVIPW 2017

Celebrate Piano Week’s 30th Birthday this summer with our friends Martin Roscoe, violinist Tasmin Little and an array of fantastic pianists, including international names alongside emerging artists. Full details of and leaflets for RVIPW 2017, running from 19th July to 22nd July, will be available at this launch concert, with booking for the main festival opening straight afterwards here on our website.

 

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Programme

Schubert – Moment Musical (D 780 No 2)
Debussy – Images (series I), Children’s Corner, D’un Cahier d’esquisses, L’Isle joyeuse
Rachmaninov – Études-Tableaux Op 33; Études-Tableaux Op 39 Nos 2 and

Piano Recital by Steven Osborne

We are completely delighted that Steven Osborne will close the Piano Week for us, his first visit in a very long time. One of the pre-eminent pianists of his generation, he begins with a haunting curtain-raiser by Schubert, followed by a group of evergreen pieces by Debussy, ending with the joyous abandon of his L’Isle joyeuse. Finally powerful, rich tone-poems by Rachmaninov bring this year’s Piano Week to a close.

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Tonight’s pre-concerrt talk will be given by Steven Osborne.

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Programme

Haydn – Sonata in E flat (H XVI 52)
Chopin – Three Nocturnes Op 15
Rachmaninov – Études-Tableaux Op 39 Nos 5 and 8; Sonata No 2 (1931 version)

Piano Recital by Tyler Hay

After early studies at the Purcell School Tyler Hay is now at the RNCM; he’s already performed at the Wigmore Hall, the Queen Elizabeth and the Purcell Room, so Westholme will be another tick on his list!  As well as Haydn’s majestic last piano sonata, he will perform three favourite Chopin nocturnes before concluding his recital with the virtuosic grandeur of Rachmaninov.

 

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Programme

Schubert – Nachtstück, Die Sterne, Abendstern, Auf dem wasser zu singen, Abendrot
Mahler – Rückert-Lieder
Debussy – Chanson de Bilitis
George Crumb – Three early songs
arr. Britten – Salley gardens, The last rose of Summer, O come ye not from Newcastle, Ca’ the yowes, O Waly Waly, Oliver Cromwell

Ruby Hughes soprano, Martin Roscoe piano

With her clear, warm, honeyed voice, Ruby Hughes is as much at home on the opera stage as the concert platform – from Scottish Opera to the Proms and around the world. She treats us to five songs by Schubert exploring the night and its mysteries, the beauty of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder, and the sensuality of Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis. George Crumb’s Three Early Songs also feature the night, and nature, and the evening ends with five beautifully crafted folk song settings by Britten.

 

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Tonight’s pre-concert talk will be given by our piano technician Marianne Bailey, continuing her fascinating insight in to the world of preparing concert pianos and the complexity of the role which goes far beyond tuning.

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Piano Recital by Yundu Wang

American Yundu Wang is currently studying for her doctorate at the Guildhall, and studies piano with Martin Roscoe. Her programme begins with one of Mozart’s early sonatas written when he was still a teenager, before moving on to late intimate miniatures by Brahms. Berg’s Sonata was his first published work from the height of Romanticism, and Yundu ends with Chopin’s stormy Polonaise-Fantaisie.

Programme

Mozart – Sonata in B flat (K 281)
Brahms – Three Intermezzi Op 117
Berg – Sonata
Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie

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Moricosta String Trio, Martin Roscoe piano

The Moricosta Trio (Lucy Baker violin, Steven Burnard viola, Jessica Burroughs cello) was formed when they were working with the BBC Philharmonic. Now they’re in demand around the country, and here they are joined by Martin Roscoe; firstly with their violinist and cellist for the Haydn Piano Trio, and then with the full trio for the two Piano Quartets. Fauré’s is dark and impassioned, whilst the Brahms quartet is more fiery and full of Hungarian gypsy influences, particularly in the Finale.

Programme

Haydn Piano Trio in G (H XV 25) (Gypsy Rondo)
Fauré Piano Quartet No 1
Brahms Piano Quartet No 1

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

The members of the Moricosta trio will give tonight’s pre-concert talk.

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Piano Recital by Jinah Shim

Jinah Shim has been winning prizes and scholarships since her early teens, and currently studies at the Guildhall with Martin Roscoe and Noriko Ogawa. She begins with the crisp and elegant world of Bach’s suite of dances, before the lingering melodies and more free spirit world of Schubert’s Impromptus. Contrasting Rachmaninov Preludes – one reflective, the other intense, lead us towards Chopin’s exhilarating Fantasy to close her performance.

Programme

Bach – French Suite No 5 in G
Schubert – Impromptus (D 899 Nos 2, 3 and 4)
Rachmaninov – Preludes Op 23 Nos 4 and 7
Chopin – Fantasy

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Piano Recital by Peter Donohoe

One of our favourite visitors, Peter Donohoe returns for a solo recital to open this year’s Piano Week, with a programme of music to show the full range of his mastery at the keyboard. Mozart’s sparkling Sonata leads the way, followed by some favourite late Schubert.  Scriabin’s dark drama and sense of upheaval characterise the 6th Sonata, one of his greatest works, and the evening ends with Rachmaninov’s Preludes, by turns melancholy, romantic and joyful, and always intensely so.

Programme

Mozart – Sonata in F (K 332)
Schubert – Four Impromptus (D 935)
Scriabin – Sonata No 6
Rachmaninov – Preludes Op 32

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Tonight’s pre-concert talk will be given by Peter Donohoe.

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RVIPW Launch Concert 2016

Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Westholme School and Ribble Valley International Piano Week invite you to our annual joint concert by the Festival’s Artistic Director Martin Roscoe, for a programme of things French: the four French composers at the end of the concert provide effervescence, wit and understated charm whilst the first three pieces pay their homages more obliquely. Chopin wrote his Barcarolle in France, while the publishers of the Bach and Beethoven pieces provided their titles. Bach’s French suites are suitably cosmopolitan and this G major one is a beguilingly memorable set of dances. Beethoven’s Sonata is his farewell to one of his patrons in the first movement, whose absence and eventual return are the subject of the rest of the work.

Programme

Bach – French Suite No.5 in G
Beethoven – Sonata in E flat Op.81a “Les Adieux”
Chopin – Barcarolle Op.60
Ravel – Sonatine
Faure – Barcarolle No.6 Op.70
Poulenc –  3 Novelettes
Debussy – Suite: Pour Le Piano

RVIPW  2016

The Ribble Valley International Piano Week runs from Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th July. Full details and leaflets will be available at this concert, with booking for this main festival opening straight afterwards.

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Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Our Artistic Director closes this year’s Piano Week in style. For the centrepiece of his programme we enter a world of fantasies, dances and things that go bump in the night, by Grieg, Schumann and Debussy. His programme is framed by two great Romantic sonatas, one marking Beethoven’s barnstorming arrival in Vienna, the other, one of Schubert’s great celebrations of life. This tells a supple, bright, and mellifluous tale, written whilst journeying to Salzburg through the Salzkammergut mountains.

Programme

Beethoven   Sonata in F minor Op 2 No 1
Grieg   Dance of the Elves; The Little Troll; March of the Trolls (from Lyric Pieces)
Schumann     Fantasy-Dance and Elf Op 124 Nos 5 and 17; Arabesk Op 18
Debussy     Two Preludes; Masques
Schubert   Sonata in D (D 850)

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Martin Roscoe talks with piano technician Marianne Bailey; back by popular request following last year’s fascinating discussion, we are promised further glimpses into the world of concert piano preparation.

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Piano Recital by Mishka Rushdie Momen

‘Mishka Rushdie Momen – a really compelling talent’ – says Imogen Cooper. Richard Goode agrees with her and so do we. Winning the Dudley Piano Competition was only one of the awards she garnered last year, and she is still only 23. Beginning with Mozart’s great Fantasy – a serious and even demonic journey, her programme takes us through one of Janacek’s most impressionistic and haunting works, and finishes with a dramatic and powerful Schubert sonata completely compelling from beginning to end.

Programme

Mozart  Fantasy in C minor (K 475)
Janáček  In the Mists
Schubert  Sonata in C minor (D 958)

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Piano Recital by Alexandra Dariescu

Romanian-born Alexandra Dariescu is one of the most charismatic of young pianists, combining great musicianship with a warm personality and stage presence. We’re delighted she’s returning to the Piano Week, with a programme of contrasting emotions and moods; from the sombre-tinged Mendelssohn, Pletnev’s sparkling arrangement of Nutcracker Suite, through the tenderness and love of two Chopin favourites, to the restraint of Fauré’s Preludes

Programme

Mendelssohn  Variations serieuses Op 54
Szymanowski  Nine Preludes Op 1
Chopin  Scherzo No 2
Tchaikovsky arr Mikhail Pletnev Nutcracker Suite
Fauré  Three Preludes from Op 103
Chopin  Polonaise in A flat Op 53

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Alexandra Dariescu will be in conversation with Martin Roscoe.

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Piano Recital by Natalia Sokolovskaya

Russian Natalia Sokolovskaya is currently studying piano and composition at the Royal College of Music. It is not often we hear music from 1724 at the Piano Week, but that’s where we begin for her recital this lunchtime. We stay in the 18th century for Haydn and C P E Bach, with music of elegance and refinement, followed by Janacek’s intense and moving two movement Sonata, and Natalia ends her recital with a favourite Chopin Mazurka and a virtuoso Rondo.

Programme

Rameau  Allemande, Le Rappel des Oiseaux, Gigue en Rondeau
Haydn  Sonata in A (H XVI 12)
C P E Bach  Variations on La folie d’ Espagne
Janáček  Sonata 1.x.1905
Chopin  Mazurka in E minor Op 41 No 2; Introduction and Rondo in E flat Op 16

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Gwilym Simcock

Gwilym Simcock is one of the UK’s most gifted pianists and composers, able to move effortlessly between jazz and classical styles and also to inhabit both at once. His skill in dovetailing different musical traditions, and his dazzling keyboard skills will, we’re sure, result in one of the most exciting performances we’ve ever heard at the Piano Week. It is a little different for us, undoubtedly – but we think you’ll be enthralled by his astonishing talent. You may hear glimpses of Ravel or of Stravinsky as he takes us on an original journey through jazz standards and his own compositions.

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Gwilym will be in conversation with Steve Berry.

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Jennifer Pike (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano)

Since winning Young Musician of the Year in 2002, Jennifer Pike has developed a musical breadth and intensity which outstrips her peers, at home whether at Proms in the Park or our slightly smaller scale affair. She and Martin begin with one of Mozart’s sunniest Violin Sonatas, an engaging conversation. Dvorak’s four Romantic Pieces have a haunting quality and the variations by Miklos Rozsa (of Ben Hur fame, among many film scores) are soulful and virtuosic. A trio of well-loved lollipops by Kreisler completes this wide ranging programme.

Programme

Mozart  Sonata in G K.301
Kreisler  Liebesleid
Kreisler  Schön Rosemarin
Kreisler  Tambourin Chinois
Dvorak  4 Romantic Pieces Op.75
Rosza  Variations on a Hungarian Peasant Song Op.4

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Piano Recital by Paul Lewis

It is a great pleasure to welcome Paul Lewis to open this year’s Piano Week. Internationally regarded as one of the leading musicians of his generation, his recordings of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas are widely regarded as world class. For us then, the final three Sonatas, perhaps Beethoven’s final testament. They are musically intense, a conclusion – and with Op 111 described by Thomas Mann in “Doctor Faustus”, as the sonata fulfilling its destiny, resolving itself, and taking its leave.

Programme

Beethoven  Sonata in E Op 109
                     Sonata in A flat Op 110
                     Sonata in C minor Op 111

Pre-concert talk at 6.30pm (free to ticket holders)

Paul Lewis will be in conversation with Martin Roscoe

Spot the difference!

You may have noticed, if you have browsed through one of our leaflets, that there was a blank under Wednesday 15th July 6.30pm. We apologise for this mistake, which was due to a printing error. We hope you might have deduced that details of a pre-concert talk, as per the other evenings at this time, were missing! We hope to welcome you to the talk which precedes this wonderful recital!

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RVIPW Launch Concert 2015

Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Westholme School and Ribble Valley International Piano Week invite you to a great opportunity to hear the Artistic Director of  Piano Week in a solo recital of uplifting works by four great composers from central Europe. One of Haydn’s wittiest Sonatas opens the evening, and Beethoven’s Sonata is driven by a fiery energy, as well as possessing a beautiful tranquility. Dohnanyi’s Ruralia Hungarica is full of folk tunes from his native country and the concert ends in a world of peace and luminosity, for the most sublime of Schubert’s late Sonatas.

Programme

Haydn – Sonata in D (H XVI 37)
Beethoven – Sonata in C minor Op 10 No 1
Dohnanyi – Four Pieces from Ruralia Hungarica Op 32b
Schubert – Sonata in G (D894)

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Pre-concert talks 2014

We have held pre-concert talks with performers during Piano Week before, but this year we will also be revealing a little of what happens behind the scenes, with further pre-concert talks between Martin Roscoe and two music professionals, both experts in their fields. He will also be in conversation with the much-loved and acclaimed violinist Tasmin Little, ahead of their concert on Saturday evening, which rounds off this year’s festival. Piano and music enthusiasts alike will want to be sure not to miss what promise to be illuminating and informal chats. All of these talks are free to ticket holders of each relevant event as detailed below.

On the 16th July at 6.30pm, before his own concert, Martin will be “in conversation” with Piano Week’s other Artistic Director, Producer Mike George. Martin and Mike have recorded and broadcast together many times and they will continue this collaboration with six CDs of music by Schubert. If you have read the fascinating sleeve notes of Questions and Answers between Martin and Mike in their Deux-Elles Beethoven cycle CDs, your interest might be piqued as to what the process of making a CD entails. How are decisions made? How long does it take? Get an inside view of how CDs are recorded from these two musicians at the pinnacle of the profession.

Next, on the 18th July at 6.30pm, before Alessandro Taverna’s recital, Martin will be “in conversation” with Marianne Bailey, Piano Tuner and Technician. Marianne has been preparing the pianos for RVIPW for many years. There will be plenty for them to talk about as her work with Yamaha pianos (at festivals, competitions and on tour) and her role as Head Technician at the RNCM gives her a unique perspective on pianists and pianos. What happens on the day of a concert, and what adjustments can be made beyond tuning? How do modern concert grands generate enough volume to compete with the huge sound produced by a symphony orchestra? All this and more will be revealed and we hope you will have some questions of your own, too!

It’s always wonderful to hear Tasmin Little play, but before her recital on the 19th July at 6.45pm, she will also be joining Martin Roscoe “in conversation” in a pre-concert talk which promises to give us a fascinating insight to the life of one of Britain’s most popular violin players. Her recent CDs have received universal critical acclaim – her recording of The Lark Ascending with the BBC Philharmonic remained in the top 20 classical CD charts for 13 weeks. Before she and Martin play this much-loved Vaughan Williams piece for us in a version for piano and violin, join us for some glimpses into the working lives of two of the most busy and well respected musicians around.

 

These events, held in July 2014 have now past. Please see our “Events” page for future events.