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RVIPW 2018 Launch Concert, with Martin Roscoe

Martin Roscoe

Contact Information

Croston Theatre
Westholme School
Meins Road

Tel: 07810504701

Ribble Valley International Piano Week 2018 official launch evening with a recital by Martin Roscoe at The Croston Theatre, Westholme School on Wednesday, 9th May 2018 at 7.30pm.

Join Martin for a magical evening of Polonaises, Waltzes, Mazurkas and Polkas!

Weber              The Invitation to the Dance Bach                French Suite No.6 in E Beethoven       Polonaise Op.89 Schubert          German Dances D.783 Ravel               Valses Nobles et Sentimentales INTERVAL Smetana          Polka in A minor Martinu            Polka Szymanovski   2 Mazurkas Op.62 Chopin             Mazurka in A minor Op.17/4 Chopin             Polonaise-Fantaisie  Op.61 Artistic Director Martin Roscoe invites the audience to explore the world of dance in this carefully constructed programme of short and popular pieces. We begin, appropriately enough, with the first “concert” waltz ever written (music to listen, rather than dance to) - we can imagine watching the graceful dancers themselves in this evocative piece which Weber wrote for his new wife, Caroline. There follows an evening of music composed for nobility and for merry-making, from Bach’s French Suites in the early 1700’s to Vienna in 1815, where Tsars and Aristocracy mingled to the sound of Beethoven performing this Polonaise. Next we are transported to the more intimate salons of Vienna, where people came together  to chat, to laugh and even to dance, where we hear the German dances which Schubert played for their delight, before concluding the first half in Paris with Ravel’s beautiful “Valses nobles et sentimentales”, titled in homage to Schubert. Onwards to Czechoslovakia, where Smetana and Martinu’s strong senses of identity and National pride are reflected in these Polkas, before a Mazurka by that master of the dance, Chopin – finishing with the Polonaise-Fantasie which is surely one of Chopin’s greatest and most effective pieces.  

The Ribble Valley International Piano Week runs from Wednesday, 18th to Saturday, 21st July 2018. Full details and leaflets will be available at this concert, with booking for this main festival opening straight afterwards.

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

9 May 2018


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£13.50 per ticket

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