Quality performers are key to piano festival’s huge success

Henry Botham and organisor Dave Nelson at the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival in the Town Hall.
Henry Botham and organisor Dave Nelson at the Hebden Bridge Piano Festival in the Town Hall.

The sound of a plethora of piano pieces filled the upper Calder Valley last weekend for the inaugural Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.

The festival, which was the first major music event to be held at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, saw numerous nationally and globally renowned pianists perform some of the world’s most famous tunes in front of packed audiences.

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival logo

Hebden Bridge Piano Festival logo

The event was such a hit that it has already been confirmed another piano festival will be held in 2014.

Festival organiser Dave Nelson said: “The festival has been a huge success - three sell-out concerts, two almost sell-out concerts, and good numbers for all the rest.

“We’ve had some great feedback and are very encouraged about holding another festival next year.”

The festival was launched on Friday evening with a concert of blues piano by Henry Botham, and continued over the weekend with a series of performances of various genres for all ages before Martin Roscoe brought the curtain down on Sunday night.

Dave said: “All the performers came in and said ‘Wow, this is an amazing space’.

“That was absolutely brilliant.”

Looking ahead to next year, Dave said he is aiming to include more jazz and contemporary music on the festival programme.