January is a busy month behind the scenes, and 2017 began with a vibrant and exciting planning meeting. We are very pleased to have a new Administrator, Rebecca Weaver, and several new trustees too, so there was a lot of ground to cover, and lots to organise, press releases to finalise for both the launch concert on 3rd May and for the main festival, and publicity ideas to establish, this regular series of newsletters and updates being one of them.
In celebration of our 30th anniversary, here is the first in our series of reflections on the festival and to start us off we will be hearing from our Artistic Director, Martin Roscoe and our Chairman Ian Longworth.
Martin Roscoe, Artistic Director
The first RVIPW was held 30 years ago this summer, How did you get involved? Were you there at the very first festival?
Joan Hall ( my first wife….) set up the first festival at Blackburn College. I played a recital in that, including in the programme one of my first performances of Schubert’s final Sonata ( D.960 in B flat ). I also attended John Lill’s recital on the final night.
How important do you think small intimate music events such as this are, to you as Artistic Director, for musicians and for our audiences?
Hugely important . You just can’t beat a live performance and I think our audience recognises this.
You have played many times for us over the years. Is there a particular concert which stands out from the others as being a favourite?
A difficult question as I’ve played well over fifty . I’ve particularly enjoyed some of the two piano recitals I’ve played, most often with Peter Donohoe, our President, but also those with Kathy Stott, Noriko Ogawa , Anthony Hewitt and Ashley Wass. With Ashley I played the Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony which received a standing ovation…
You must have many memories spanning back over the last 30 years – can you tell us some of your personal highlights?