Clitheroe Concerts Society has been honoured by the internationally acclaimed pianist Martin Roscoe agreeing to become the its Honorary Vice-President.
Commenting on the news, the society’s chairnam Tony Cooper said: “The Society is delighted by the news, which comes just before the start of our 62nd year of presenting concerts in Clitheroe”.
He noted that Martin has played no less than seven times for the Society – more than any other musician. The first time was in December 1976, which must have been very early in his career.
Secretary Ken Geddes added: “We thank Martin for his endorsement. We also accept that we now have a big task to repay his trust. He has, over the years, been a good friend and has given us invaluable advice. It’s wonderful that we have now been able to cement this help into something more formal.”
In his letter of acceptance, Martin said he was “delighted to accept” and wished “to be kept fully informed and that he would try to attend as many concerts as possible”.
Martin was born in the North-West and now lives in the Lake District. He is Artistic Director of the Ribble Valley International Piano Week and has received praise from the many countries he has played in and has appeared at the proms and on BBC Radio Three on many occasions.
He has also recorded at least 40 CDs throughout his professional career.
Typical of the reviews of his work, the Daily Telegraph recently said “Roscoe is a pianist who both thinks and offers full-blooded playing of breadth and depth”.