Ribble Valley International Piano Week: A Local Charity committed to encouraging arts attendance.

Dates: 18–21 July 2018
Venue: The Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Meins Rd., Blackburn, BB2 6QU

The 31st Ribble Valley International Piano Week will run from 18th – 21st July 2018.
RVIPW is run as a charity by a small group of people with a passion for sharing their love of classical music, and who have a mission to attract young people to come and hear live music performed at the highest possible level.

During the festival, Internationally renowned musicians will come to Blackburn to perform in 7 concerts concentrated into a 4-day period. With the artistic director being the famous and much-loved pianist Martin Roscoe, RVIPW is in the privileged position of having access to an eclectic combination of exciting new rising stars and established musicians – with appearances by two young up and coming pianists, Pavel Kolesnikov (a young man who is most definitely on the way to a stellar career as a virtuoso pianist), a chamber music concert (Moricosta Trio) and two established pianists (Katya Apekisheva and Martin Roscoe himself) the appeal is wide.

Keen to attract young people to the audience in particular this year, on the final day there will be a concert of animations and big screen projections of the pianist’s hands by duet partnership Scott Brothers Duo from Manchester, whose wonderful flights of fancy will fuel the imaginations of the next generation of music lovers as well as delight more seasoned concert-goers. Youngsters (and older pianists) are also welcome to book slots to come along and have a go at playing the Yamaha CFX concert grand piano on the stage in between concerts, generously supplied specially for the festival by Rimmers music in Bolton.

RVIPW is so committed to encouraging young people to come to its concerts that all under 16’s who come as a family come for free.

Keen to benefit the wider community, RVIPW have arranged for The Mill Outside to provide all food and drink at the venue, all profits made will go directly to St Catherine’s Hospice.

All concerts take place in the easily accessible Croston Theatre at Westholme School, Meins Rd, Blackburn BB2 6QU.

Concert listings:

Wednesday 18th July, 7.30pm- Moricosta Trio and Martin Roscoe

BRIDGE                                 Phantasy for Piano Quartet, H. 94

BRAHMS                              Piano Quartet No. 3 in C min, Op. 60

BLISS                                     Piano Quartet In A min, Op. 5 F.18

SCHUMANN                       Piano Quartet in E flat, Op. 47

Discovering a mutual love of the string trio repertoire, these internationally acclaimed musicians met at the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and all are in high demand as chamber musicians, soloists and orchestral musicians.  They performed their inaugural concert in January 2013 and were Selected Artists for the Making Music Concert Promoters Group 2015/16 season in collaboration with Pianist, Martin Roscoe.  Back by popular request, the Moricosta Trio will be making their second RVIPW appearance with a generous programme that will delight chamber music lovers, mixing 20th Century English writing with classics cornerstones of German chamber repertoire.

Thursday 19th July, 12 noon – Ryan Drucker

  1. S. BACH English Suite No.5 in E minor, BWV. 810
    BERNSTEIN Touches
    RACHMANINOV                Variations on a Theme of Corelli, Op.42

Ryan, a graduate of the RNCM and a current student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama begins our lunchtime emerging artists series. Ryan was recently awarded first prize in the Brant International Piano Competition and the fourth prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition and has performed in many distinguished venues throughout the UK and Europe. Ryan will play J. S. Bach’s relentless, energetic and chromatic Fifth English Suite followed by two works in theme and variation form. Bernstein’s Touches draws on his eclectic compositional skills fusing both jazz and contemporary classical elements together whilst Rachmaninoff’s late work, Variations on a theme by Corelli opens with the familiar Baroque theme, La Folia, which he playfully and daringly explores with a variety of textures and characters.

Thursday 19th July 7.30pm – Katya Apekisheva

PROKOFIEV                        Visions fugitives, Op. 22
TCHAIKOVSKY                  October; November – from ‘The Seasons’ Op. 37a
BEETHOVEN                       Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp min, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight)
SCHUBERT                           Six moments musicaux, D. 780

GRANADOS                        The Maiden and Nightingale – from ‘Goyescas’, Op. 11
GINASTERA                         3 Argentinian dances, Op. 2

Katya, born into a family of musicians, studied at the Gnessin School in Moscow followed by Rubin Academy in Jerusalem and then Royal College of Music in London. She was a prizewinner in several international competitions, holds a professorship of piano at Guildhall school of music and is currently curator of the exciting new London Piano Festival.  Katya’s programme takes us from Russia, through Europe and across the pond, encountering the expression of personalities, seasons, moonlight and birdsong before the final fiery conclusion of dances.

Friday 20th July, 12 noon – Kathy Chow

SCHUBERT                           Sonata in A, D. 664
BRAHMS                              Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann, Op. 9
CHOPIN                                Nocturne in C min Op. 48, No. 1
CHOPIN                                Ballade No.4 in F min, Op. 52

Born in Perth Australia, Kathy is currently completing an Artists Masters in Piano Performance at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, supported by the Guildhall School Trust.  Kathy begins her programme with the affectionately known “Little” A major sonata before switching the mood to Brahms’ deeply elegiac Variation on a theme by Schumann, considered a true masterpiece in the genre.  After journeying through the immense grief of Chopin’s Nocturne in c min, our second lunchtime recital of the festival concludes with Chopin’s exuberant fourth Ballade.

Friday 20th July, 7.30pm – Pavel Kolesnikov

HELMUT LACHENMANN     Schattentanz (Shadow Dance), Akiko, Filter-Schaukel (Filter-Swing)  from ‘Ein Kinderspiel’

DEBUSSY                               Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum; Jimbo’s Lullaby; Serenade for the Doll; The Snow is Dancing; The Little Shepherd; Golliwog’s Cakewalk from ‘Children’s CornerSuite L113

CHOPIN                                  Mazurka in C# min, Op. 30, No. 4

CHOPIN                                  Étude in F min, Op. 25, No. 2

LISZT                                                      La Campanella

  1. S. BACH Prelude in C# from Book II of The ‘Well-Tempered Clavier’

DEBUSSY                                              Feux d’artifice, No. 12 from Prélude Book 2

COUPERIN                              Tombeau de Mr Blancrocher from ‘Bauyn Manuscript’

SCHUMANN                           Fantasie in C, Op. 17

Pavel Kolesnikov was a member of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists from 2014 to 2016 and his recording of Mazurkas was nominated by Gramophone magazine as one of their “10 best recordings of Chopin”!  The first half of the evening’s performance will transport us to an aural gallery of works evoking the innocence of child’s play, their toys and imaginings, interspersed with adult contemplations and reflections. Chopin’s Nocturne is considered his greatest emotional and masterly expression of a great and powerful grief whilst Schumann’s Fantasie was born out of his distress from being separated from Clara.

Saturday 21st July, 12.00pm

Scott Brothers Duo: SCOTT BROTHERS DUO
Jonathan & Tom Scott PIANO DUET

ROSSINI arr. Gottschalk Galop, from William Tell Overture

RAVEL Ma Mere l’Oye (Mother Goose Suite)

BEETHOVEN arr. Ulrich
 Allegro con brio (from Symphony No. 5 in c minor Op. 67)

SAINT-SAËNS arr. J. Scott
Le Carnaval des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals)

Brothers Jonathan and Tom perform in instrumental combinations that cover the entire keyboard spectrum, including Piano Duet, Piano & Organ, and Harmonium & Piano. Born in Manchester, Jonathan and Tom both studied at Chetham’s School of Music and at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). In a special lunchtime concert, the Scott Brothers Duo performs music for four hands at one piano. Their performance includes big-screen projection of the hands on the keys and features Tom Scott’s own magical animations to accompany Ravel’s luxurious and elegant Mother Goose Suite and Saint-Saëns’ humorous Carnival of The Animals.  The concert is suitable for all ages.

Saturday 21st July, 7.30pm – Martin Roscoe

MOZART                              Adagio in B min, K.540
MOZART                              Sonata No. 15 in F, K.533/494
BEETHOVEN                       Sonata No.13 in E flat, Op.27, No. 1
SCHUBERT                           12 Valses Nobles, D.969
SCHUBERT                           Sonata in A, D.959

Festival Director and internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Martin Roscoe, concludes the 2018 Ribble Valley International Piano Week with a fifty year window into the keyboard delights of the masters; Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert.  Opening with Mozart’s tense and dramatic stand alone Adagio, we move through to Beethoven’s progressive sonata (in the manner of a fantasy) to a conclusion of two of Schubert’s final works, now recognized as mature masterpieces, deeply embedded with autobiographical emotional expression. Join us for this epic evening of great piano music to celebrate the close of our 2018 festival.

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