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Martin Roscoe kick-starts 2017 Harrogate International Festivals Sunday Series



Renowned Pianists open and close 2017 Sunday Series

Harrogate International Festivals has announced its 2017 Sunday Series with an internationally renowned line-up. And there are some great pianists in sight.

The season of coffee concerts welcomes world-class music in the intimate setting of the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate, on Sunday mornings at 11am and runs until April.

Kicking off the Series on January 15 is Martin Roscoe. With an extraordinary career spanning over four decades, he is unarguably one of the UK’s best-loved pianists. In a distinguished career, his enduring popularity and the respect in which he is universally held are built on a deeply thoughtful musicianship.

Marc Dunleavy, Music Manager at Harrogate International Festivals, said: ‘It’s really a remarkable line-up this year. You won't have to travel to London, New York or Berlin to experience world-class music, as we will be bringing it to you, here in the heart of Yorkshire.’

Closing the Series on April 30 is the Italian pianist, Alessandro Taverna (pictured below). When he reached the final at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, The Independent wrote: ‘the world was suddenly suffused with grave beauty: flawless minutes of poetry.’ Since then, Alessandro Taverna has shown a most remarkable, constant development that makes him one of the most interesting, musical pianists of his generation, being in worldwide demand. He’ll be playing an all Chopin programme.

Booking is now open. Visit Harrogate International Festivals

Box Office: 01423 562 303.


Martin Roscoe, piano

11 am, Sunday 15 January

Bach             French Suite No.5 in G major

Beethoven    Piano Sonata No.26 in E-flat major, Op.81a “Les Adieux”

Chopin          Barcarolle, Op.60

Ravel             Sonatine

Poulenc         Trois Novelettes

Fauré             Barcarolle No.6, Op.70

Debussy        Pour le Piano


       Alessando Taverna, piano

       11am, Sunday 30 April

        Chopin                  Four Ballades –

                                No. 1 in G minor, Op.23

                                No. 2 in F major, Op.38

                                No. 3 in A-flat major, Op.47

                                No. 4 in F minor, Op.52




Chopin                 Two Nocturnes –

                                No.1 in B-flat minor, Op.9

                                No.2 in E-flat major, Op.9

Chopin                  Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Op.39

Chopin                  Scherzo No. 4 in E major, Op.54

Chopin                  Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante, Op.22 



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