Preparations are well underway for the arrival of instruments, staging and top musicians at Hebden Bridge Piano Festival.
With just two weeks to go until the festival opens, an increase in sales has led to weekend passes and the recital by headlining performer Kathryn Stott selling out - and other concerts are expected to follow suit in the next fortnight.
Tickets are currently available for all other festival concerts. These include lunchtime recitals by young Polish virtuoso Lukasz Filipczak and by the veteran duet partnership of John Humphreys and Allan Schiller, who will be performing well-loved works by Schubert, Brahms, Ravel and Bach’s orchestral Brandenburg Concerto number six.
Making a welcome return is the celebrated pianist and writer Paul Roberts, who will be performing and talking about the piano music of Franz Liszt, including the Vallée d’Obermann and the Petrarch Sonnets.
Other distinguished performers coming to the festival include Noriko Ogawa, Charles Owen and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock, who will be giving a rare solo recital.
His music patrols the borderlands between classical and jazz, appealing to audiences of both genres.
Festival director Dave Nelson said: “It’s very encouraging for us that one concert has already sold out.
“Last year only the children’s concerts managed that, but this time there’s every chance that several events will have full houses by the time the festival gets underway. Clearly anyone who is contemplating buying tickets should not wait too long.”
Details about nine free concerts - including four by Hebden Bridge based pianists - taking place over the festival weekend are now on the festival website.
There will also be a free concert in the Hebden Bridge Town Hall cafe at 6.30pm on each evening during the festival.
One of these will feature Dave performing his recently composed PianoCycle - a set of nine pieces which will also be premiered by 15 different pianists during The Grand Departs epic challenge on April 5.
Tickets for the festival, which runs from April 11-13 are available online, by post and in person at Hebden Bridge Town Hall reception desk weekdays between 10am and 4.30pm.
For information, visit www.hebdenbridgepianofestival.com.