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Ribble Valley International Piano Week 2020 *POSTPONED*

Ribble Valley International Piano Week 2020

Contact Information

Croston Theatre
Westholme School
Meins Road

Tel: 07810 504701

**This event has been postponed**

Ribble Valley International Piano Week, taking place at the Croston Theatre, Westholme School, Thursday 15th July to Saturday 18th July 2020

Ribble Valley International Piano Week is a festival of piano related musical events, held in July each year, and from 2011 has been at the purpose-built Croston Theatre, Westholme School on the rural outskirts of Blackburn, Lancashire. Ribble Valley International Piano Week is the promotional name of Blackburn International Music Festival, a registered charity (number 1015162), which was established in 1987 and since 1991 has been an annual event. The festival is keenly anticipated by piano music lovers, not only throughout the North West of England, but much further afield, many of whom return year after year. Since 1991, our Artistic Director has been internationally renowned concert pianist Martin Roscoe who usually performs two or three times during the festival.

Our list of performers over the years reads like a “who’s who” of classical pianists, including Moura Lympany, Peter Donohoe, Artur Pizarro, Dmitiri Alexeev, Alicia de Larrocha, John Lill, Boris Berezovsky, Lars Vogt, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Piers Lane, Nikolai Demidenko, Nelson Goerner, Steven Osborne, Paul Lewis, Stephen Hough, Angela Hewitt, Ronald Brautigam, Kathryn Stott, Noriko Ogawa, Benjamin Grosvenor and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, to name but a few – and, of course, Martin Roscoe.

Each year we include alternatives to solo piano recitals – piano quartets and trios, wind ensembles or solo instruments with piano. We have also programmed spoken word events combined with piano – Sir Andrew Motion (former Poet Laureate) and Tim McInnerny  (Blackadder) have both performed in recent years alongside pianists Ian Buckle and Lucy Parham. Pre-concert talks, which are free to ticket holders, and the opportunity to play the piano onstage yourself have proved very popular too.

We always incorporate “rising star” lunchtime performers during the week  – young people who we encourage in the early periods of their professional careers , giving invaluable experience to them and an opportunity for our audience to do some talent spotting. This year we will be offering free tickets to competitors in piano classes at the Blackburn Festival of Speech, Music and Drama to some of our concerts to encourage the next generation of concert-goers to join us.

Road Directions

From M6 Junction 31 follow A677 to Blackburn. On approach to the town turn right into Meins Road & follow directions to the school. From Blackburn town centre take A677 Preston New Road & turn left at Meins Road.

Public Transport Directions

For details of public transport contact Blackburn Visitor Centre 01254 688040 For information out of normal office hours call Travelines 0871 200 2233 or National Rail 03457 484950.

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Opening Times

15 Jul 2020 to 18 Jul 2020


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Standard£13.00 per ticket

Plus Booking Fee


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  • On site parking

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