RVIPW Launch Concert – Wednesday 18th May 2022, 7.30pm

Martin Roscoe 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 planned for performances in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.  The ‘Pathétique’ Sonata, was an instant success and remains a firm favourite within the repertoire today.  Sonata No. 31 was delayed due to ill health but the drama of the fugue is felt to not “simply symbolize or represent the return to life, but persuade us physically of the process”.

Brahms’ penultimate work for solo piano, Op. 118,  was dedicated to Clara Schumann who attested that they contained “a wealth of sentiment in the smallest of dimensions”.  Liszt’s Sonetto del Petrarca, ‘I find no peace’, paints the protagonist’s confused state of mind whilst Ballade No. 2 is inspired byGottfried August Bürger’s Gothic horror ballad.  The evening will draw to a close with the magnificent depiction of struggle and triumph in Liszt’s interpretation of the legend of St. Francis of Paola.

Martin will also expand on our summer concerts and events – join us and him to hear firsthand his artistic choices of performers and programmes for RVIPW 2022 – and for a relaxing and sunny spring concert.


Beethoven Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op.13 “Pathétique”

Beethoven Sonata No. 31 in A flat, Op.110

Brahms  Three Intermezzos from 6 Klavierstücke, Op. 118

Intermezzo in A minor Op.118, No. 1

Intermezzo in A major Op.118, No. 2

Intermezzo in E flat minor Op.118, No. 6

Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor, S.171

Liszt Petrarch Sonnet No. 123

Liszt Legend No. 2: St. Francis of Paola Walking On The Waves

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Martin Roscoe Livestream Recital

Online Concert: Martin Roscoe (piano)
Sunday 23rd May 2021, 6pm from St Mary’s, Our Lady Of Furness, Barrow-In Furness.

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Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 27/2 “Moonlight” 
Intermezzo in E, Op. 116/4
Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op. 118/6
Rhapsody in G minor, Op. 79/2
Three pieces from Années de Pèlerinage – Suisse: Chapelle de Guillaume Tell: Au Lac de Wallenstadt: Cloches de Geneve

The livestream is FREE to watch, but any donations would be very welcome! www.rvipw.org.uk/donate/

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You may experience interrupted or slow streaming on older iPads/iPhones; we are working to resolve this, but in the meantime if you still encounter problems, try watching on a desktop or laptop.

We regret that we don’t have the facility to record the performance for upload online; this is a one-time opportunity to hear the concert performance on the day – Truly LIVE!

Please note: the webcam is permanently on, in order that the Parish can continue worship throughout the pandemic.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries.

Special Thanks:

  • Tyneside Piano Company
  • Ulverston International Music Festival
  • Anthony Hewitt, Artistic Director, UIMF
  • Father Emmanuel Gribben
  • Marianne Bailey – Piano Technician
  • Alan Vial – Owen Bayliss (Live-streaming)

July 2020 events postponed

RVIPW April 2020 Newsletter
Hello all,
I do hope you and your loved ones are keeping well and coping with lockdown quarantine restrictions. If any of you would like to talk about RVIPW business or have exciting ideas for future projects, or even more generally please feel free to email us at info@rvipw.org.uk .
We have been carefully monitoring the situation and Government Guidelines surrounding the Covid-19 crisis and with enormous regret we have come to what was in the end the inevitable conclusion that all our events scheduled between 15th– 18th July 2020 will have to be postponed.
I know how disappointed you will be to hear this news – the timing of the lockdown came so soon after we mailed out the leaflets of our programme of events that we have thousands of these now redundant leaflets left over – but at least you will see just what a fantastic line-up we had put together for the summer. Of course, by far the worst affected by this news are the performers themselves who have all seen every booking – and therefore their entire income – vanish from their diaries from 23rd March for the foreseeable future and it has been really hard to make the decision to add to this very long and depressing list on their account.
The good news is that we have been working really hard behind the scenes to ensure that (all being well in terms of lockdown restrictions by then), ALL the artists are available to play for us and will be rebooked immediately. This is a POSTPONEMENT – not a cancellation! So you can expect to hear Steven Osborne, Lauren Zhang, and Martin plus the Scott Brothers and one of our two lunchtime performers during the 2021 festival – please put the dates in your diaries now – it will happen between 14th – 17th July 2021. The actual dates for each performer will be announced nearer the time – the hall is booked, the piano is coming – everything is in place.
The obvious exception to the above list is Tasmin Little, who as I’m sure you know will be retiring in December 2020. The thought that we had lost this event was the most disappointing of all, and we are determined to do everything possible to invite her back before she leaves the concert platform for ever.
We have some very important news for you and another date for your diaries. After much hard work and deliberation we are delighted to announce we are doing everything possible to hold a one day RVIPW celebration, on Friday 23rd October 2020! We are arranging for one of our July lunchtime performers to play on the same day, and we are aiming to hold other events too – maybe a discussion forum in the afternoon, with a pre-concert talk before Tasmin and Martin play for us together in the evening for what will be the very last time at RVIPW. So it will be a full day of events – full timetable to be announced soon – and we do hope you will put this date in your diary straight away! Tickets for this very special once-in-a-lifetime occasion will not go on sale until AUGUST 2020 at the earliest. We will be making announcements via newsletters and on our website and social media outlets.
In case you haven’t had the opportunity to see them yet, we are delighted that Martin has been sending us videos of himself playing his own piano from his home in Cumbria during this quarantine lockdown period! You can watch these on our website here.
He is sending us one a week – as things stand there are currently four to watch – Schumann’s Traumerei, Bach’s Aria from the Goldberg Variations, Debussy’s La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin and Schubert impromptu in A flat. Next week will be Brahms Impromptu in A major from op118 will be the 5th – keep watching! Martin is also promising to send us an exclusive video which will only be available to our Friends and Supporters. News of this to come – but do make sure your subscriptions are up to date in order not to miss this one.
There are also two other videos there both of which were filmed in the Theatre at Westholme school, our much-missed venue. We have an interview between Yamaha and Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe, and finally the Scott Brothers Duo filmed their rehearsal of Saint-Saens “The Swan” when they came and played The Carnival of the Animals for us in 2018, complete with Tom’s bewitching animations.
We hope you enjoy watching these videos, reminiscing of happy occasions spent with us there in the past and looking forward with anticipation and excitement at the wonderful events to come in the future in this welcoming space, on October 23rd 2020 and 14th – 17th July 2021. We can’t wait to see you all there then.
Any tickets already purchased will be transferrable from July 2020 to the relevant dates when they are rescheduled – or if you prefer to have a refund please contact Roger Darling and he will arrange for this to happen. Contact details are on the booking form.
Warmest wishes to you all on behalf of the RVIPW committee,
Marianne Bailey

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A message from our Chairperson, Marianne Bailey.

We are sure that, like us, you have been watching the unfolding crisis surrounding Covid-19 closely. The Government advice we are now faced with has led us to the inevitable conclusion that we must take the unprecedented step to cancel our RVIPW launch concert – Martin Roscoe’s solo recital on May 7th 2020.

As Chair this has been the toughest decision I have had to make and I am grateful to the RVIPW committee of volunteers who all care as passionately as I do about our festival for their support in making this decision. In the end, it was unanimous.

Whilst this is incredibly disappointing for us all – and financially it will be a struggle to try and recoup costs we have incurred so far – 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 15th to 18th July. Of course we will keep you informed.

In the meantime we will endeavor to provide some RVIPW online content to keep you in touch with us. Watch out for further newsletters in which we will direct you to anything we manage to produce – and there will be regular updates on our Facebook and Twitter accounts – plus on our own website www.rvipw.org.uk . So we won’t be disappearing completely and would welcome your input whenever you feel you want to get in touch with ideas, comments or suggestions for things we might do online, please email us at info@rvipw.org.uk or get involved in the social media posts.

Anyone who has bought tickets for the launch concert already – our thanks for doing so – you are fully entitled to a refund. If you would like to have your money back please email us.

Although this is a difficult time for us, it is far more difficult for all the musicians who have watched their diaries empty at a terrifying rate over the last week or so, leaving them with no income whatsoever. Please, we implore you, when the concert halls open again do your utmost to support them – buy tickets, go to concerts and in the meantime buy their CD’s. That old saying goes “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” – perhaps the current enforced concert embargo might make us appreciate all the more just how vitally important live music is for our culture and society.

Keep well. This crisis will pass. We are here for your questions and comments and we are hopeful that we will see you in the summer.

PIANO WEEK – 15-18 JULY 2020

Please note that with great sadness, we have taken the difficult but unavoidable decision to postpone ALL events scheduled between 15th – 18th July 2020. The majority will be rescheduled to take place between 14th – 17th July 2021, and – hopefully – October 23rd 2020 when we have invited Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe to play for us.  Details to be announced. This postponement is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing guidelines which will make gatherings for events like ours impossible in the short term. We are incredibly grateful to all those who have sent so many lovely messages of support and some truly generous donations in recent days. This demonstrates to us just how valued and cherished RVIPW is to so many of you and we are working hard to be able to continue. However our resources have been hugely depleted by this year’s cancellation – so we are giving you the opportunity to donate to us if you would like to below. We are a non-profit making charity so all offers of help are most gratefully received. Thank you and we hope to be able to see you on October 23rd for a celebration of being able to savour the experience of live music together with you, the RVIPW community once again.

Bach French Suite No.3 in B minor
Beethoven Sonata in E minor Op.90
Mozart Sonata in C minor K.457
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,




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


Polka in A minor MARTINU


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.


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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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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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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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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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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.


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.


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.


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


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

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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.


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.

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Gwilym will be in conversation with Steve Berry.

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