Martin Roscoe to launch 2012 Ribble Valley Piano Week

IN a joint event on Wednesday, May 2nd, Ribble Valley International Piano Week and Westholme School Concert Series will stage a special recital by international concert pianist Martin Roscoe at Westholme Theatre.

The concert, at the Blackburn school’s own theatre, will feature a programme of popular piano pieces – Beethoven’s Pathetique sonata, Schubert’s much-loved sonata in B flat, Schumann’s Arabesque and three pieces by Debussy. In addition, Martin Roscoe will announce the line-up for the 2012 Ribble Valley International Piano Week, which will run from July 8th to 14th.

Director of Music at Westholme school Eric Millest said: “Westholme had its biggest audience for the year at Martin’s concert in 2011. With more than 500 broadcasts and seven Prom appearances to his credit, Martin Roscoe’s CDs always receive great critical acclaim.

“We are delighted to welcome him back to play for us again in this joint concert with one of the most exciting music festivals in the classical music diary. Such an opportunity to hear Martin play in this, his 60th year, in his former home town of Blackburn is one not be missed by lovers of piano music and is sure to be popular and well attended.”

Westholme’s school orchestra will provide a prelude to the recital from 7-15 p.m. Tickets can be booked online at or by post to: Springfield, Colton, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8HE. Payment for postal bookings must be by cheque, payable to RVIPW. Tickets cost £12, or £6 for disabled people or those in full-time education, and will also be available on the door.