Countdown to Ribble Valley Piano Week

piano man: Martin Roscoe, artistic director of the Ribble Valley International Piano Week.
piano man: Martin Roscoe, artistic director of the Ribble Valley International Piano Week.

Classical music lovers in Lancashire have long known that Ribble Valley International Piano week is an unmissable event.

Now two National Magazines agree. BBC Music Magazine features the week-long festival in its essential guide to the very best live classical concerts in the UK during the month of July. And in its monthly guide Classic FM Magazine recommends the recital on July 12th by world-renowned multi-award winning French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, playing for the second time at “Piano Week” and also at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall this summer.

This year’s event, featuring daily concerts from July 10th to 16th, is also set to be held at a new venue in Blackburn after many years at the Centenaries Theatre, at Stonyhurst College. The theatre at Westholme School, at Meins Road, Blackburn, offers a larger seating capacity and state-of-the-art facilities, and Yamaha is providing one of its new highly acclaimed and re-designed CFX Concert Grands.

The festival’s artistic director, former Ribble Valley resident and concert pianist Martin Roscoe, features in both the first and the last nights of the festival and also gives a solo lunchtime recital. He is joined for the opening concert on July 10th at 7-45 p.m. by Peter Cropper and Moray Welsh in an evening of music for piano trio.

For the closing concert on July 16th Martin will be joined by his long-term piano duo partner Peter Donohoe for a keenly-anticipated two piano concert of music from the Caribbean, America’s Deep South and Latin America

Reflecting the international flavour of the event, lunchtime recitals will also be given by Chiao-Ying Chang, from Taiwan, and Romanian Alexandra Dariescu (named recently as a BBC music magazine “rising star”). From closer to home Anthony Hewitt, fresh from his enormously successful Ulverston International Music Festival last month, completes the lineup, giving an evening concert on July 14th.

To celebrate 200 years since the birth of Franz Liszt, every concert throughout the week will feature one of his works.

Evening concerts, costing £18, will begin at 7-45 p.m., and lunchtime concerts, costing £12, at noon. For details of all concerts and how to buy tickets, visit www.rvipw.org.uk or phone 01229 861325.