Hebden Bridge Piano Festival
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2020 FESTIVAL – details very soon

We have some fabulous pianists booked for next year – all will be revealed very soon!

Children’s concert
with Clare Hammond

– Posted in: Friday 26 April 5pm

Waterfront Hall (until 6pm, no interval) £10/£8/£3

Book nowInternationally-acclaimed pianist Clare Hammond takes us on a musical journey through four centuries and across Europe. With a firework display in Paris, the story of Petroushka the enchanted puppet, and killer bees on the rampage, this promises to be a vivid and inspiring event for all the family!

Karl Mullen

– Posted in: Friday 26 April 6.30pm

Café (to 7.20pm) Free event

Karl is influenced by the great boogie-woogie and stride players as well as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal, and specializes in solo piano jazzy arrangements of everything from Rimsky Korsakov to Madness and the Beach Boys.

Mario Häring

– Posted in: Friday 26 April 8pm

Waterfront Hall (to 10pm, with interval) £20/£18

Book nowMario Häring  was a prizewinner at Leeds International Piano Competition in 2018. After his orchestral debut with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra  in 2003 more concerts with orchestra followed, among others at the Philharmonic Hall in Constance, the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and the Berlin Philharmonic Hall.

Making the Grade
student concert

– Posted in: Saturday 27 April 10am

Waterfront Hall (until 11am, no interval) £5/£3

Book nowIn partnership with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Students of piano teachers from across the region join forces to present a cross- section of pieces included in the new Associated Board 2019/2020 syllabus. Wonderful music from all the grades, performed by pianists from young to old, from beginners to the highly-experienced ensures that this will be an inspiring and entertaining concert.

Riyad Nicolas
Riyad has kindly stepped in at the last minute as Alexandra Vaduva is unable to be at the Festival

– Posted in: Saturday 27 April 12.30pm


Riyad is a young Syrian British pianist who is already established as a leading figure of his generation. Regularly performing on the international circuit, he has given solo recitals at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Yehudi Menuhin forum in Switzerland.

Alexandra Vaduva

– Posted in: Saturday 27 April 12.30pm
Alexandra Vaduva

We have just learned that, unfortunately, Alexandra will not be able to perform at the Festival. We will be contacting all ticket holders within the next few days. Jan Scott, Admin Director 17/4/19

Rolf Hind

– Posted in: Saturday 27 April 2.30pm

Waterfront Hall (to 4.45pm, with one interval at approx 3pm, after pre-concert talk) £16/£14/£5

Book now Rolf Hind’s tours have taken him from Carnegie Hall to the Proms and all major international concert halls and festivals. A specialist of 20th and 21st century repertoire, he has worked with many composers whose works he premièred, including Ligeti, Messaien and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, whose piano sonata is the main work in this concert. The concert features Scuttle, a new piece commissioned by the Festival and written by Kerry Andrew.

Clare Hammond

– Posted in: Saturday 27 April 7.30pm
Clare Hammond

Waterfront Hall (to 9.30pm, with interval) £20/£18

Book nowWe are delighted to welcome back Clare Hammond who was a firm Festival favourite in 2015. Acclaimed as a pianist of “amazing power and panache” (The Telegraph), she is recognised for the virtuosity and authority of her performances and has developed a“reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes” (BBC Music Magazine).

Jean Baptiste Franc

– Posted in: Saturday 27 April 10.15pm

Waterfront Hall (to 11.15pm, no interval) £10

Book nowFollowing the success of 2018’s late-night Festival concert, we are delighted to welcome from Paris the brilliant and ever-inventive stride, swing and blues pianist Jean Baptiste Franc who has created his own style by mixing melodic improvisation and stride techniques.

with Clare Hammond

– Posted in: Sunday 28 April 9.30am

The Space (until 11.30, with interval) £8

Book nowOur headline soloist from Saturday night Clare Hammond delivers our annual masterclass. As well as being of immense value to the student, this is guaranteed to be equally entertaining and informative to members of the audience. 

Piano Shorts 2: Helen Clarke

– Posted in: Sunday 28 April 2pm

The Space (to 2.30pm, no interval) £5/£1

Book nowHelen Clarke lives and teaches in Hebden Bridge. She studied music at Huddersfield University and won a competitive bursary to continue her studies there, completing her MA in Music and Performance in 2010.

Paul Taylor

– Posted in: Sunday 28 April 3pm

Waterfront Hall (to 4pm, no interval) £12/£10/£5

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Paul Taylor is an accomplished pianist and keyboard player specialising in improvisation, now receiving increasing interest both in the UK and in the rest of Europe. The music is evocative, alluring and unique; combining unusual harmonies and sonorities with an original and fluid technique. 

He has been selected as Jazz North's Ambassador Artist on the 2018-19 Northern Line touring scheme for upcoming artists in the North of England.

Piano Shorts 3: Daniel Pope

– Posted in: Sunday 28 April 4.30pm

The Space (to 5pm, no interval) £5/£1

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Daniel Pope is a musician and teacher based in Hebden Bridge. A classically trained pianist, he enjoys playing music from Bach to Stravinsky, with a particular fondness for Debussy and Ravel.

Jean Muller

– Posted in: Sunday 28 April 6.30pm
Jean Muller

Waterfront Hall (to 8.30pm, with interval) £20/£18/£5†

Book nowHailed as a “major talent” by Gramophone, Luxembourg-based virtuoso Jean Muller is a master craftsman who combines “savage technical voltage” (Gramophone) with a capacity for bold and interpretive risk. More than a dozen first prizes at international piano competitions stand witness to the extraordinary impact of Jean Muller’s interpretations. He has performed all over the world, and recorded numerous CDs including the complete Mozart and  Beethoven Sonatas.

"Bristling with energy, fabulous technique and intellectual understanding." Claire Jackson, International Piano