Top navigation

Yamaha backs piano fest

Ronnie Dungan
Yamaha backs piano fest

Yamaha has continued with its branding activity, sponsoring the Ribble Valley International Piano Week.

The event runs from 8th – 14th July 2012 at the purpose-built modern Theatre at Westholme School, Blackburn, Lancashire.

Once again, Yamaha will provide piano suppport for  the event.

Yamaha marketing manager Leanne Barrel said: “Ribble Valley International Piano Week is a very special event in the UK music calendar; we are delighted to continue our long-standing partnership by providing the new CFX grand piano”.

The festival's artistic director Martin Roscoe said: "We look forward to returning to Westholme Theatre for our second year, after the success of last year’s festival.  In this my 60th year, we welcome musicians from around the world to take us on what promises to be a wonderful journey of musical discovery”.

Opening the week on the evening of 8th July is a two piano concert by Peter Donohoe and Martin Roscoe. They celebrate over 30 years of playing two piano repertoire together, with music by Brahms (sonata for two pianos), Bernstein, featured composer Debussy, and Ravel.

On the 9th July Ian Buckle plays a lunchtime recital - a journey through time; covering  400 years of music composed in 1612 (Byrd), 1712 (Couperin), 1812 (Beethoven), 1912 (Debussy), and this year with a new piece by Preston-born Timothy Jackson based on Lancashire folk tunes.

Jin Ju, back by popular request, will play on Tuesday evening 11th July. Including Beethoven’s Pastoral Sonata Op. 28, music by Debussy, and a generous selection of favourites by Chopin.

The lunchtime concert on Weds 11th will be given by Clare Hammond with music by Bach, Liszt, Satie and more Debussy.

Popular Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält makes a return on the evening of Thurs 12th July playing Beethoven, Bach arranged by Liszt, Debussy, Schumann and virtuoso fireworks courtesy of Vladimir Horowitz based on music from Bizet’s opera Carmen.
Article continues below


On Friday 13th July the lunchtime concert will be given by young Estonian pianist Mihkel Poll, who will play sonatas by Mozart and Brahms, and Chopin’s Fourth Ballade.

For the final evening, July 14th, the gala concert is to be by the Vertavo Quartet and Martin Roscoe including Mozart’s G minor Piano Quartet (K.478), a late, great piano sonata by Beethoven and the final reincarnation of the piece which started the week brings RVIPW 2012 to a close -  Brahms Piano Quintet Op. 34.

Tickets available on-line at, by post from The Administrator, Springfield, Colton, Ulverston LA12 8HE, and on the door. 

Tags: Yamaha , Ribble Valley International Piano Week

Follow us on