We have some fabulous pianists booked for this year’s Festival – keep popping back as we’ve more events to add. All performances in the Waterfront Hall, unless specified.
Friday 24th April 5pm
Renowned improviser Harry the Piano will be presenting a special concert specifically aimed at younger audience members and families.
Material will include his legendary variations on the Harry Potter theme (two million hits on youtube), a medley of TV themes and cartoons and requests from the audience to play tunes at their request in any chosen style.
Friday April 24th 8pm (to 10pm, with interval)
With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. Renowned for his versatility at the keyboard, Martin is equally at home in concerto, recital and chamber performances. In an ever more distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship allied to an easy rapport with audiences and fellow musicians alike.
The Space, Saturday April 25th 9.30am
Dovetailing with his illustrious career as a performer, teaching has always been an important part of Martin’s life, helping him to constantly re-examine and re-evaluate his own playing.
Saturday 25th April 9.30am (to 10.30am, no interval)
A delightful concert given by students of established and respected piano teachers from the Hebden Bridge area. Pieces performed range from the simplest elementary compositions to works regularly heard in concert halls.
Saturday April 25th 12.30pm (to 1.30pm, no interval)
“It’s Melda’s range and depth of tone that marks her out as a pianist mature beyond her years. There’s nothing brittle or skittish about her playing: she has command of the big picture, especially in late-Romantic music.” Pianist Magazine
The Space, Saturday 25th 2pm (to 2.30pm, no interval)
Gershwin: various songs arranged by the composer and the performer
Gershwin: 3 Preludes for Piano
Saturday 25th April 3pm (to 5pm, with interval)
Harry’s extraordinary talent and breathtaking creativity have earned him a reputation as one of the most gifted improvising pianists in the world. Celebrities and critics alike have lined up to shower him with praise often smacking of astonishment.
'Keyboard genius, a legendary figure in the music world.' Petroc Trelawny BBC Radio 3
The Space, Saturday 25th 5.30pm (to 6.30pm, no interval)
A juxtaposition of our Industrial Heritage and Nature experienced through ambient jazz piano, electronics and video. A kaleidoscopic montage of images, sounds and live and processed piano in eight movements, from this prize-winning, innovative musician. Performance repeated on Sunday 26th April 11am.
Saturday April 25th 7.30pm (to 9.30pm, with interval)
Joanna MacGregor is one of the world’s most innovative musicians, appearing as a concert pianist, curator and collaborator. Head of Piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Professor of the University of London, Joanna is also known as an artistic director of festivals and concerts series, including Bath International Music Festival and Dartington International Summer School.
Saturday April 25th 10.15pm (to 11.30pm, no interval)
Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the ‘piano man’s piano man…’ and ‘a national treasure’, Dale Storr’s musical journey has now brought him recognition as one of the UK’s leading exponents of New Orleans piano.
Sunday 26th April 9.30am (to 10.45am, no interval)
“In terms of the piano, Debussy was a revolutionary who changed the course of musical history”. This is the view of Festival Director David Nelson who enlists the help of some of his friends to perform Debussy’s music and help make his case.
The Space, Sunday 26th April 11am (to 12pm, no interval)
A juxtaposition of our Industrial Heritage and Nature experienced through ambient jazz piano, electronics and video. A kaleidoscopic montage of images, sounds and live and processed piano in eight movements, from this prize-winning, innovative musician.
Sunday April 26th 12.30pm (to 1.30pm, no interval)
Praised for her highly imaginative and musically intelligent playing, BingBing Li's performance has been described in TheTimes and many other reviews as having vigour and authority, an outstanding pianist with genuine brilliance and phenomenal artistry.
Also performing are RNCM students Fangwei Zhao and Siyi Dai.
The Space, Sunday 25th 2pm (to 2.30pm, no interval)
David Bond is playing a programme including works by Mozart, Wagner, Skrjabin and Chopin.
Sunday April 26th 3pm (to 5pm, with interval)
'Mitchell is possessed of possibly the most prodigious technique I've heard in any pianoman and he used it to the full ' - Lance Liddle
'…a very important influential musician' - Gilles Peterson
Sunday April 26th 7pm (to 9pm, with interval)
“It might be best to avoid hyping a youngster at the start of his career, but Lu seems already to possess something of the magic touch of early Leeds laureates Murray Perahia and Radu Lupu, and is surely one of the most exciting prospects in a long time. A veritable poet of the keyboard”. The Guardian