2016 Programme

Edward Barnwell<br/><span style='font-size:16px;'>Free concert in the Café Thumbnail

Brilliant solo contemporary jazz from the excellent Edward Barnwell who successfully bridges the gap between classical and jazz having studied the former with the likes of Louis Kentner and at the RNCM.

Will Pickvance’s Anatomy of the Piano (for beginners)<br/><span style='font-size:16px;'>Children's Concert (aged 4 and over) Thumbnail

5pm (until 6pm approx) Doors 4.30pm SOLD OUT - call our Sold Out Concerts Messaging Service to get on the waiting list: 07762 590 127
Will asks Father Christmas for a spaceship - he gets a piano! An adventure into the world of pianos - where they come from, how they evolved and why they make a pretty cool Christmas present.

Featuring Bach’s cave piano, Beethoven’s bad moods and a jam with ‘Fats’ Waller.

Benjamin Frith Thumbnail

8pm (until 10pm approx) Doors 7.30pm £18/£14
“Prodigy of Prodigies” was how British artist Benjamin Frith was described by Dennis Matthews when, aged just 14, he won the British national Concerto Competition. Gold Medal winner at the Artur Rubinstein Piano Masters International Piano Competition, and top prize winner in the Busoni International Piano Competition, pianist Benjamin Frith has enjoyed a worldwide career for over 4 decades.

Benjamin Frith: Masterclass Thumbnail

9.30am (until 11.45 approx) Doors 9.15am £6

In this entertaining and informative masterclass Benjamin Frith will be working with members of The Piano Club, which is based at Square Chapel, Halifax.

Alchemy of the Piano<br/><span style='font-size:16px;'>Will  Pickvance (NOT the Children's Concert) Thumbnail

11am (until 12noon approx) Doors 10.30am £10/£8
Taking inspiration from Bach to Radiohead and all points between, pianist and raconteur Will Pickvance extracts songs, alters rhythms and corrupts melodies to tell the story of his relationship with the piano.

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1pm (until 2pm approx) Doors 12.30pm £12/£10
Yuanfan Yang has won numerous prizes for his performances in national and international competitions, most recently winning 1st Prize at the prestigious Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition 2015 in May. Earlier this year, he was presented with a BRIT Award Trophy, after winning the Classical Category of The Big Music Project: Next BRIT Thing 2015. He also triumphed at the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar, where he was awarded 1st Prize, as well as the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of a Classical Sonata, Special Prize for Best Interpretation of Works by Liszt, Special Prize for Best Composition and Improvisation, Junior Jury Prize, and European Union of Music Competitions for Youth Prize for Most Outstanding Contestant. In 2012, Yuanfan won first prize in the Keyboard Category of BBC Young Musician 2012.

Young Brilliance: Part 1 Thumbnail

2.30pm (until 3.30pm approx) Doors 2.15pm £8/£6
Three students from Chetham’s School of Music, each with a 20-minute programme of superb piano music.

Alicja Fiderkiewicz Thumbnail

4pm (until 6pm approx) Doors 3.30pm £18/£14
Polish born Alicja Fiderkiewicz studied at Karol Szymanowski’s School of Music in Warsaw then at the Central School of Music attached to the Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatoire where she was taught by Professor Tatjana Kestner. She was then offered a place in the Julliard School of Music in New York, but chose instead to study under Professor Ryszard Bakst at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The Speakeasy<br/><span style='font-size:16px;'>Free concert in the Café Thumbnail

6.30pm (to 7.30 approx) Free

Prohibition-era Ragtime and early jazz with Dave Nelson and friends

Anna Tsybuleva

8pm (until 10pm approx) Doors 7.30pm SOLD OUT
Anna Tsybuleva is the winner of the 2015 Leeds International Piano Competition. Besides performing many solo piano recitals, Anna has also performed with a number of important Russian orchestras, including: Rostov Symphony Orchestra, Saratov Symphony Orchestra, Volgograd Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, under conductors, such as: Peter Gribanov, Ravil Martynov, Vladimir Khlebnikov, Alexander Zhigaylo, Eduard Serov and Hobart Earle. In 2012 she performed in Japan with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra under Inoue Michiyoshi.

Coffee Contemporary<br/><span style='font-size:16px;'>A Pianist's Introduction to Contemporary Music - presented by Festival Director David Nelson. Thumbnail

10 am (to 11.30am approx) Doors 9.30 £10/£8/£5 (18 and under) - price includes refreshments
After the huge success of 'A Pianist's History of Music' in 2015 Festival Director David Nelson this year presents a programme of short pieces from across the contemporary repertoire, performed by members of The Piano Club, based at Square Chapel in Halifax. Designed to please even those who don't quite 'get' contemporary music, with the added bonus of coffee and croissants in the interval.

Sofia Matsagou Thumbnail

1pm (until 2pm approx) Doors 12.30pm £12/£10
Sofia Matsagou studied at the Hellenic Conservatory of Athens and at the Schola Cantorum in Paris and went on to win prizes at several international piano competitions. She has performed extensively in Greece and also in Belgium, Paris, Italy and Russia. This recital of works by Scarlatti, Rameau, Bach/ Busoni, Chopin and Debussy is her UK debut.

Young Brilliance: Part 2 Thumbnail

2.30pm (until 3.30pm approx) Doors 2.15pm SOLD OUT
Three students from Chetham’s School of Music, each with a 20-minute programme of superb piano music.

Jason Rebello Thumbnail

4pm (until 6pm approx) Doors 3.30pm £18/£14
Classically trained but inspired by Herbie Hancock, Jason Rebello first came to the attention of one of the founders of jazz fusion, Weather Report’s saxophonist Wayne Shorter in the early 1990s. He was one of the forerunners of the modern jazz resurgence of that period and was quickly signed to BMG records on a three-album deal. He produced a further two albums by the end of the decade and toured extensively with his own band both in the UK and internationally, before he was invited by Sting join his band.

Henry Botham<br/><span style='font-size:16px;'>Free concert in the Café Thumbnail

Henry Botham is one of the few pianists in the UK that plays authentic New Orleans piano. Mirroring the culture and history of the city, New Orleans pianists draw on a wide variety of influences and repertoire, bringing it all together under one umbrella with an undercurrent of the city.

Mishka Rushdie Momen Thumbnail

8pm (until 10pm approx) Doors 7.30pm £18/£14
Mishka Rushdie Momen studied with Joan Havill and Imogen Cooper at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has also periodically studied with Alfred Brendel and Richard Goode. She has twice been invited by András Schiff to participate in his summer class in Gstaad as part of the Menuhin Festival.