Hebden Bridge Piano Festival
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2020 FESTIVAL

We have some fabulous pianists booked for this year’s Festival. Ticket sales start at 7pm on Friday 13th March both online and at our launch party in Hebden Bridge Town Hall. All performances in the Waterfront Hall except where specified.

Family Concert
with Harry the Piano

– Posted in: Friday 24 April 5pm

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

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.

Beware of Trains

– Posted in: Friday 24 April 6.30pm

Café (to 7.20pm) FREE EVENT

A spirited collaboration between theatrical parlour pop, folk and classical music from Yorkshire-born pianist, singer/songwriter and producer Leighton Jones (former composer and keyboardist with Celtic Fusion group the Peatbog Faeries) and Scottish soprano Marie Claire Breen.

Martin Roscoe

– Posted in: Friday 24 April 8pm

Waterfront Hall (to 10pm, with interval) £20/£18/£6

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.

Masterclass
with Martin Roscoe

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 9.30am

The Space (to 11.30 am with interval) £10

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.

Brilliance in our own backyard

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 9.30am

Waterfront Hall (to 10.30am, no interval) £5/£3

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.

Lara Melda

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 12.30pm
Lara Melda

Waterfront Hall (to 1.30pm, no interval) £12/£10/£5

 “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

Harry the Piano in Concert

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 3pm

Waterfront Hall (to 5pm, with interval) £16/£14/£6

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

Phil Taylor
Beauty and the Beast

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 5.30pm

The Space (to 6.30pm, no interval) £10/£8/£3

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.

Joanna MacGregor

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 7.30pm
Joanna MacGregor

Waterfront Hall (to 9.30pm, with interval) £20/£18/£6

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.

Dale Storr
New Orleans-style jazz piano

– Posted in: Saturday 25 April 10.15pm
Dale Storr

Waterfront Hall (to 11.30pm, no interval) £10

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.

Reflections: Exploring Debussy
with David Nelson

– Posted in: Sunday 26 April 9.30am

Waterfront Hall (to 10.30am, no interval) £8/£5/£3

“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.

 

Phil Taylor
Beauty and the Beast

– Posted in: Sunday 26 April 11am

The Space (to 12pm, no interval) £10/£8/£3

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.

BingBing Li
with students from RNCM

– Posted in: Sunday 26 April 12.30pm

Waterfront Hall (to 1.30pm, no interval) £12/£10/£5

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.

Robert Mitchell
solo jazz concert

– Posted in: Sunday 26 April 3pm
Robert Mitchell

Waterfront Hall (to 5pm, with interval) £18/£16/£6

'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

Eric Lu

– Posted in: Sunday April 26 7pm
Eric Lu

Waterfront Hall (to 9pm, with interval) £20/£18/£6

“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