5th Hebden Bridge Piano Festival
One magical weekend of piano music each April, in the heart of our beautiful Yorkshire town.

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Tickets are available at Hebden Bridge Town Hall (weekdays, 10-4), online, and by post using this form.
More than a third of our events are suitable for all ages, including a Children’s Concert and three free events. Click here to find out more.
As always, we offer a great value weekend pass. It covers every concert in the Waterfront Hall, except the Children’s Concert. This year the passes are £95/£75. Click here to find out what’s included.

David Greilsammer
Domenico Scarlatti/John Cage Sonatas: Journey Between Two Worlds

– Posted in: Friday 21 April 8pm

Waterfront Hall 8pm (until 10pm, with interval) £18/£14
The New York Times recently selected this recital as one of the ten most important musical events of the year. Known for his eclectic and fascinating programmes, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognised as one of today’s most audacious classical artists. What do Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage have in common? Quite a lot, according to the performer. In one unbroken stream, he performs sonatas by the two composers back-to-back, revealing many similarities between the 18th century Italian and the notorious avant-gardist, one of whose many innovations was the strange and fantastic prepared piano.

David Nelson
A Pianist’s History of 20th Century Music

– Posted in: Saturday April 22 9.30am, Suitable for all ages

Waterfront Hall  (until 11am, with interval) £8/£6
Following his much-acclaimed 2015 trawl through the entire piano repertoire, our Festival Director and friends turn their attention to some of the wonderful music of the last century in this light-hearted and slightly irreverent presentation. Expect to hear well-known and perhaps some less well-known works by Debussy, Ravel, Shostakovich, Bartók, Prokofiev and many others.

Murray McLachlan
The Pianist as Hero

– Posted in: Saturday 22 April 4pm

Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14
In this virtuoso recital/lecture, Murray McLachlan includes the epic Liszt transcription of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as a central work next to which are juxtaposed some of his own transcriptions (Movements from Mozart’s 19th Piano Concerto, Rachmaninov’s 1st concerto and Ronald Stevenson’s exquisite miniature song A’e Gowden Lyric) and works by Chopin, Prokofiev and Scriabin.

Artur Pizarro
Solo recital: Prokofiev, Ravel & Carneyro

– Posted in: Saturday 22 April 8pm

Waterfront Hall 8pm (until 10pm, with interval) £18/£14
Described as a “poet amongst pianists” Lisbon-born Artur Pizarro won first prizes in the 1987 Vianna da Motta Competition, and the 1988 Greater Palm Beach Symphony Competition.  In 1990 he won first prize at the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition, which marked the beginning of his illustrious concert career. He performs internationally in recital and with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the late Sir Charles Mackerras. He is also an active chamber musician and has performed at chamber music festivals throughout the world.

Murray McLachlan

– Posted in: Sunday April 23 9.30am

The Space (until 11.30, with interval) £6
You don’t need to be a pianist to enjoy a masterclass. If you love piano music the masterclass can help open your ears and really enhanced your experience of the concerts in the rest of the Festival.

Iyad Sughayer
Lunchtime solo recital: Mozart & Liszt

– Posted in: Sunday April 23 1pm

Waterfront Hall  (until 2pm, no interval) £12/£10
Jordanian-Palestinian pianist Iyad Sughayer is regarded as one of the Middle East’s most promising young artists who has already performed numerous recitals and concertos across the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. He has been a soloist with many orchestras including the European Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Royal Northern College of Music Symphony Orchestra, Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Youth Orchestra and the Cairo and Amman Symphony Orchestras.

Marc Cary
Solo jazz recital

– Posted in: Sunday 23 April 4pm

Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, with interval) £18/£14
One of the leading lights of contemporary jazz, New York pianist, keyboardist and composer Marc Cary is the master of a futuristic jazz-funk that ranks him among the most innovative and creative figures on the jazz scene. He holds tight to his roots in Washington DC’s go-go music scene, but Cary’s interests also include everything from Indian classical to Malian music to hip-hop.

Noriko Ogawa & Kathryn Stott: music for two pianos
Gala Piano Recital at Square Chapel, Halifax

– Posted in: Saturday 10 June 6.30pm

Reception with prosecco and canapés in Square Table, the venue's new bar area; concert at around 8pm £30
(vintage bus return journey bookable from Hebden Bridge at 5.15pm  £10)

A very special evening at the newly and magnificently extended and developed Square Chapel in Halifax to raise funds for future Piano Festivals. Wear your best bib and tucker and delight in the magic created by internationally renowned pianists Noriko Ogawa and our Patron, Kathryn Stott.