Tasmin Little (violin) and Martin Roscoe (piano)

We’re delighted that Tasmin Little is returning to us; her last visit in 2010 was a great success and this is her first visit to Westholme – and she’s off to Australia next. She begins and ends with Beethoven, with the Kreutzer of course lasting almost forty minutes. In between, we are definitely in a pastoral and outdoor mood, just right for a sunny summer evening, with Delius’ Legende, Elgar’s two Chansons, and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending; the number one choice of all time on Desert Island Discs.


Beethoven Violin Sonata in A Op 12 No 2
Delius Légende
Elgar Chanson de nuit; Chanson de matin
Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending


Beethoven Violin Sonata in A Op 47 (Kreutzer)

Pre-concert talk at 6.45pm (free to ticket holders)

It’s always wonderful to hear Tasmin Little play, but before her recital tonight, 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.

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Les Chisnall Trio

Les Chisnall piano, Steve Berry bass, Marek Dorcik drums

Following on from our first steps into jazz at the 2013 Festival, here we have one of the UK’s best jazz pianists, Les Chisnall – strong melodies, interesting harmonies and classical music influences all abound in music which is open, refreshing, warm and lyrical – a delight to listen to. He’s joined by bassist Steve Berry, who lives just around the corner from Westholme, and Marek Dorcik, originally from Slovakia, but now based in Manchester. Les also tutors at the RNCM, Leeds College of Music and Chethams, alongside Steve.

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Piano Recital by Alessandro Taverna

“A magisterial account …. suffused with grave beauty. This Italian is remarkable…50 minutes of flawless poetry” is how the Independent described Alessandro’s prize-winning performance at the London Piano Competition, and since he has performed with the Hallé, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. He begins with the most famous piano variations there are, before moving to Italy for Liszt’s songs of gondoliers and furious tarentellas. Liveliness continues with Busoni’s Fantasy on Carmen before the mellifluousness of Ravel. Alessandro finishes the evening with the evocation of the loves and jealousies of Petrushka.


Beethoven Variations and Fugue on a theme from Prometheus Op 35
Liszt Venezia e Napoli
Liszt Tarantelle di Bravura d’après la tarantella de La muette de Portici (S 386
No 2)
Busoni Sonatina No 6: Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen
Ravel Jeux d’eau
Stravinsky Three movements from Petrushka

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

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!

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Piano Recital by Alexander Panfilov

Alexander Panfilov has won many competition prizes across Europe – two first prizes in 2013 alone – and after finishing his studies at the Moscow Conservatoire, won a scholarship to study at the RNCM. Beethoven’s 32 Variations are by turns deft and reflective, and are followed by the first piece in Albeniz’s ‘Iberia’, the opening reflective reminiscence of Spain. Finally, Rachmaninov’s Études-Tableux are also evocations of places – in a more dramatic style – though Rachmaninov chose not to reveal where.


Beethoven Variations in C minor (WoO 80)
Albeniz Evocación (Iberia, Book 1)
Rachmaninoff Etudes-tableaux Op 39

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Sir Andrew Motion (Reader) and Ian Buckle (Piano)

Anthem for Doomed Youth

The Anthem for Doomed Youth is a rich tapestry of words and music, commemorating the centenary of the start of World War I. Sir Andrew Motion reads his own work, alongside poems by Wilfred Owen and Geoffrey Hill. Owen was the leading British poet of WW1, killed in its final days. Geoffrey Hill is one of Britain’s greatest living poets, his writing characterised by ‘the noble application of scruples to life’. The readings, reflecting on the futility of war, are interwoven with music by Ravel, Elgar, Bridge and Ireland and Edgar Bainton, who spent 1914-18 as a Prisoner of War in Germany after an innocent visit to the Bayreuth Festival. We will hear pianist Ian Buckle play the crystalline Piano Variations by Webern, killed by accident in the last days of the Second World War and also Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin.

Andrew Motion is President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England and co-founder of The Poetry Archive. His latest project is Poetry By Heart.

Andrew Motion’s poetry has received the Arvon/Observer Prize, the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and the Dylan Thomas Prize. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and co-founded The Poetry Archive. Andrew Motion was knighted for his services to literature in 2009.

‘Motion’s greatest and most distinctive gift…is to look squarely at the world and describe it with a plain and unsentimental eloquence that makes world value seem all the more questionable.’ Independent on Sunday

The Customs House is a stunning new collection from the former Poet Laureate. The book is in three sections, and opens with a sequence of war poems, Laurels and Donkeys, which draws on soldiers’ experiences from the First and Second World wars, through to the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Customs House follows hard on the heels of his acclaimed sequel, Silver ~ Return to Treasure Island (Jonathan Cape), in which Long John Silver’s daughter and Jim Hawkins’ son return to the scene of their fathers’ adventures. Featuring a cast of noble seamen, murderous pirates and tales of love, valour & terrible cruelty, it’s a storm-tossed, tempest-wrack’d, suspenseful thriller of a book.

“Like Stevenson, Motion has achieved that very difficult thing: a children’s novel that works even better for adults. Look to your laurels, Rowling” John Sutherland, The Times

“There are sequels and prequels aplenty, but this follow-up to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure island by the former Poet Laureate reeks of authenticity, cunning, intrigue, suspense and adventure. It’s brilliant, and for all ages” Henry Sutton, Daily Mirror

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Piano Recital by Erdem Misirlioglu


A concerto finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2008, Erdem has since given recitals in prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, Snape Maltings, and at the Croston Theatre as soloist with the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra! After the gentle introduction of Bach’s Siciliano, the Beethoven is more energetic. For the Debussy Preludes we begin with Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest and finish with Minstrels, going, of course, via La cathédral engloutie. Finally, Chopin’s Ballade No 1 begins simply but grows to one of the most dramatic and difficult (to play!) endings.


Bach arr. Kempff Siciliano (from BVW 1031)
Beethoven Sonata in D Op 10 No 3
Debussy Preludes Book 1, Nos 7-12
Chopin Ballade No 1

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Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Martin Roscoe opens the Piano Week with an evening of Beethoven Plus … featuring some of the maestro’s shorter works. Although they don’t make it onto the concert platform as often as they should, they are not mere Bagatelles. They’re interspersed with Impromptus, which are intended to convey a spirit of improvisation and are almost always light and airy, but vary in structure and length – by Schubert, Fauré and Chopin. The programme ends with Chopin’s glorious Fantaisie-Impromptu.


Beethoven Bagatelles: in B flat (WoO 60); in G minor (WoO 61a); in A minor (WoO
59), Fűr Elise
Schubert Impromptus in A flat and B flat (D 935 Nos 2 and 3)
Beethoven Sonata in A Op 2 No 2


Beethoven Sonata in F sharp Op 78
Fauré Impromptus Nos 1 and 2
Beethoven Sonata in G Op 14 No 2
Chopin Impromptu No 2; Fantaisie -Impromptu

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

Tonight, 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.

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RVIPW Launch Concert 2014

Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Come and hear the Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week, Martin Roscoe, for an evening of popular fantasies by the great composers, and with a wide range of moods and characters. Mozart’s short Fantasy in D minor is one of his most popular piano pieces, by turns wistful, dramatic and light-hearted.  Schumann’s Kreisleriana, “8 Fantasias” has similar contrasts – the music is either frenetic and passionate or contemplative and serene. Beethoven’s Sonata quasi una fantasia has four very contrasting movements played continuously, and Brahms’ Op 116 Fantasies, written towards the end of his life are intimate and economical. Finally Chopin’s F minor fantasy is a fifteen minute story of turbulence contrasted with moments of complete calm.  Details of RVIPW 2014, which will run from Wednesday 16th July to Saturday 19th July will be available.


Mozart Fantasy in D minor K.397
Schumann Kreisleriana (8 Fantasies) Op.16
Beethoven Sonata Quasi Una Fantasia in E flat Op.27 No.2
Brahms 3 Fantasies Op.116 Nos 1,4 and 7
Chopin Fantasy in F minor Op.49

Martin Roscoe and Noriko Ogawa – Four hands at the piano

Martin is joined by Noriko Ogawa, one of our festival favourites. They’ll be sitting side by side for this evening of four hands at one piano (they’re going to swop places occasionally, but not mid-piece). A parade through the centuries begins with gentility and vivacity of Mozart and Schubert, before two transcriptions:  Debussy’s sensual vision of a fawn and finally Stravinsky’s sensational ballet score that changed the course of music history at its premiere a hundred years ago in Paris.


Mozart Sonata in C, K 521
Schubert Fantasy in F minor, D 940
Debussy arr. Ravel Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Piano recital by Richard Uttley

In 2011 Richard Uttley was selected for the Young Concert Artists’ Trust – a great accolade for young musicians, and he has also won numerous other prizes and competitions around the country.  He also holds a Fellowship at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. In this delightful lunchtime recital, he brings us one of Schubert’s most elegant sonatas, and three of Grieg’s much-loved Lyric Pieces, interspersed with a little Debussy and a little Bartok.


Schubert Sonata in A, D 664
Grieg Solitary Traveller, Op 43 No 2
Bartók 6 Romanian Folk Dances
Grieg Homesickness, Op 57 No 6
Debussy Estampes
Grieg Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Op 65 No 6

A brief history of … Jazz Piano

Trish Ferrarin and Paul Topping will look at the development of piano playing within the genre of jazz including a brief history from the days of ‘ragtime’, the era of ‘stride’ and the transition into swing, bebop and modern jazz. Works by Joseph Lamb, Scott Joplin, Jelly-Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, Michel Petrucciani, and Michiel Borstlap will feature. Paul and Trish will also will look at the ‘language’ of jazz and share their approach to learning improvisation. Ends at 9.00 pm approx.

Piano recital by Kathryn Stott

One of our favourite performers, Kathryn Stott,  returns to the Piano Week, giving us a rare chance to encounter Grieg’s piano version (the original) of his ever-popular Holberg Suite, normally played in the revised version for string orchestra. As if that were not enough, we have one of Beethoven’s best loved Sonatas, the first pages of what’s been called music’s Old Testament, Bach’s Well-tempered Klavier and a great masterpiece by Haydn.


Grieg  Holberg Suite
Beethoven  Sonata in F minor, Op 57 “Appassionata”
Bach  Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 846
Haydn  Variations in F minor
Franck  Prelude, Chorale and Fugue

Martin Roscoe’s Piano Favourites

Martin Roscoe has chosen eight of his favourite pieces of music; some he’ll play for you, others will be his favourite recordings of the work.  Join him for an evening of listening and discussion on some of the great piano works from Bach to Debussy, including both solo and other works. Ends at 9.00 pm approx.


Piano Masterclass with Martin Roscoe

Come along and hear four talented piano students as they perform for – and are coached by – Martin Roscoe on the finer points of piano technique and musicality.  They will each be given half an hour of expert coaching and support.



Jonathan Aasgaard (cello) and Martin Roscoe (piano)

Jonathan Aasgaard will be well known to many of you in his role as Principal Cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. For this lunchtime concert he teams up with Martin to play Beethoven’s delightful variations on one of the best loved arias in The Magic Flute, Debussy’s strikingly inventive and concise Sonata, which was among the last of his pieces, and Brahms’s richly melodic and ever-popular four movement Sonata.


Beethoven Variations on ‘Bei Männern’, WoO 46
Debussy  Sonata in D minor
Brahms   Sonata in F, Op 99

Piano recital by Sofya Gulyak

Sofya Gulyak, First Prize Winner at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, visits us for the first time, with a lovely programme revolving around Wagner and the transcriptions of his friend and fellow composer, Franz Liszt. Liszt was a pioneer, transcribing the works of many composers, taking them to audiences that might never have heard the original opera or song.  There is original Liszt and Schubert too, with the great Wanderer Fantasy, and a rare chance to hear two miniatures for piano by Wagner, two Album Leaves.


Bach arr. Busoni  Chaconne
Schubert trs. Liszt  Der Wanderer
Schubert  Fantasy in C, D760 “Wanderer”
Liszt  Petrarch Sonnet 104; Chasse-neige
Wagner trs. Liszt  Festspiel und Brautlied from ‘Lohengrin’
Wagner  Albumblatt in C; Albumblatt (Lied ohne Worte)
Liszt  Mephisto Waltz No 1




RVIPW 2013 Launch Concert

Piano Recital by Martin Roscoe

Westholme School and Ribble Valley International Piano Week invite you to come to hear international concert pianist Martin Roscoe perform a lovely programme of popular piano pieces; one of Haydn’s most dramatic sonatas, delightful Schubert favourites, the most famous piano piece by Beethoven, Brahms’s last pieces for piano and treats from Martin’s recent Dohnanyi CD.  Details of Piano Week 2013, which begins on Sunday 14th July and runs until Saturday 20th July will be available at this concert.


Haydn                           Sonata in B Minor Hob XVI/32
Schubert                       Moments Musicaux D. 780
Beethoven                   Sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27/2 “Moonlight”
Brahms                         4 Klavierstucke Op. 119
Dohnanyni                   Pastorale
Delibes/Dohnanyni     Waltz from Coppelia
Dohnanyni                   Rhapsody in C Op. 11/3


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Vertavo Quartet and Martin Roscoe

This concert sees a visit from Norway’s most exciting, and all-female, string quartet for some wonderful quartet music, before they are joined by Martin Roscoe. They will also give a free pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm for half an hour.  Formed more than 25 years ago (they were school-girls at the time), the Vertavo Quartet have never looked back. With accolades including Norway’s highest musical honour, the Grieg Prize, as well as awards and rave reviews on every continent, they are renowned for their flair, physicality and impeccable playing. Their programme begins with one of Mozart’s darkest and most profound works, and Martin then illuminates the scene, playing late, great Beethoven. Finally, all five musicians take the stage for the same music that began the week, in its final version, Brahms’s epic and majestic Piano Quintet.


Mozart               Piano Quartet in G minor (K478)
Beethoven         Piano Sonata in A flat Op 110
Brahms              Piano Quintet




Piano Recital by Mikhel Poll

Estonian-born  Mikhel is already hailed as a rising start with appearances across Europe and beyond.   Two Sonatas bookend his concert for us: Mozart’s most deeply haunting and the work by Brahms that launched his career, his youthful and exuberant Op 1 which so impressed  Schumann.   Between them, a Chopin favourite, guaranteed to delight!


Mozart   Sonata in F (K 533/494)
Chopin   Ballade No 4
Brahms  Sonata  in C Op 1


Piano Recital by Martin Sturfalt

Prize-winning Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält has a busy career as a soloist.   His successes include the John Ogden Prize and the Terence Judd Award, the latter giving him a series of concerts with the Hallé.   For his concert with us he brings an eclectic programme, including music by our featured composer, Debussy, born 150 years ago, preceded by music by Bach that provided a trigger for his inspiration.   A Sonata with one of Beethoven’s first great slow movements begins our evening and Schumann’s Humoreske adds a touch of poetry.   Finally, the fireworks of Horowitz illuminate music from Bizet’s incendiary opera!


Beethoven            Sonata in C Op 2 No 3
Bach arr. Liszt     Prelude in A minor (BWV 543)
Debussy                Pour le piano
Schumann            Humoreske
Horowitz               Variations on a theme from Bizet’s Carmen

Piano Recital by Clare Hammond

Acclaimed by The Daily Telegraph as a pianist of “amazing power and panache”, Clare has performed across Europe, Russia and Canada and has appeared recently at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls in London and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Clare’s programme begins with Bach’s effervescent Italian Concerto before moving on to explore the sounds of water and its various moods, from a delicate trickle at the source of a stream, by way of a beautiful lake to a raging torrent.


Bach          Concerto in the Italian style in F (BWV 971)
Liszt          Au lac de Wallenstadt, Au bord d’une source, Les Cloches de Genève
Satie         Gnossiennes Nos 2 and 3
Debussy   Images Series I
Albeniz    ‘Evocación’ and ‘Triana’ from Iberia

Piano Recital by Jin Ju

Jin Ju has been one of our favourites for many years, and it’s a surprise to find that it is already ten years since her prize-winning performances at the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.   She now travels the world, and has performed in the Vatican for the Pope, and in the Forbidden City, as well as most of the world’s major concert halls.   Beethoven’s Sonata evokes moods familiar from his Pastoral Symphony while Debussy’s Images paint more abstract pictures.   A mouth-watering selection of Chopin favourites from the intimacy of two of his night musings to the exuberance of his First Ballade promise an evening to savour. There will be a free pre-concert talk at 6.45 pm for half an hour.


Beethoven   Sonata in D Op 28 (Pastoral)
Debussy        Images Oubliées
Debussy        Images Series 2
Chopin          Ballade No 1; Four Mazurkas Op 33; Impromptu No 2; Two Nocturnes Op 55; Polonaise-Fantaisie

Ian Buckle – 400 Years of Keyboard Music

Ian Buckle enjoys a busy and varied freelance career, working as soloist, accompanist, chamber musician, orchestral pianist and teacher. He has appeared as soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,  and gives recitals regularly at festivals throughout the UK. Ian’s wonderful programme explores four centuries of music composed for the piano and its predecessors; it’s no history lesson but a vibrant collection, celebrating some of the best music written from Byrd’s pre-baroque marvels to music written especially for Ian and this programme based on tunes well known to folk in Lancashire and beyond!


Byrd                         Four Pieces from Parthenia
Couperin                  Pièces de Clavecin, 4ème Ordre
Beethoven               Sonata in E flat Op 81a (Les Adieux)
Debussy                   Three Preludes from Book 2
Timothy Jackson    Four Lancashire Folk Song Settings

Opening Concert – Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe

With Martin’s 60th Birthday less than a month away, this will be a rousing start to his celebrations; fitting as his duo partnership with Peter Donohoe goes back over thirty years. Their playing together remains fresh and vital, ever seeking new musical horizons. An evening of colourful passion is guaranteed with this fiery programme, ranging from early Brahms to music drawn from Bernstein’s infectious score to one of the world’s most popular musicals.


Brahms           Sonata for two pianos
Bernstein       Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Debussy          En Blanc et Noir
Ravel               La Valse