Piano festival ready for its ticket launch

Aisa Ijiri, who will be performing at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival in April 2013
Aisa Ijiri, who will be performing at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival in April 2013

Tickets go on sale on Friday for the inaugural Hebden Bridge Piano Festival, which will be the first major music event held at the town hall.

Although the town already plays host to several successful festivals, organiser Dave Nelson believes this new weekend-long event from April 19 to 21 will be an attractive addition to what Hebden Bridge offers to residents and visitors alike.

“We have a very attractive programme in place, and the feedback I’ve had so far gives me every reason to think that the festival will go very well,” Dave said.

“There really is something for everyone, so I hope we can get the word out about it as widely as possible.”

Internationally renowned pianists who will appear at the festival include Martin Roscoe, Anthony Goldstone, Jessica Zhu and Aisa Ijiri, with programmes including works by Beethoven, Bach, Schubert, Haydn and Liszt.

Although classical music is the major focus, there will also be concerts by Henry Botham featuring classic stride music from the likes of Fats Waller.

Dave, a professional pianist himself, will give a performance of his own solo jazz compositions as well as introducing a student concert by pianists he teaches.

Children are catered for too with two special concerts given by Holly Cullen-Davies.

“I think we’ll put on a great event and be ready to welcome some superb musicians to the town,” said Dave, who hopes it will become an annual event.

Festival tickets, which include weekend passes, are available by post and online at www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com. Fliers containing booking forms are available at various outlets around the town.