The international festival summer school PIANO WEEK may have had to postpone its Beethoven chamber music festival at The Holroyd Community Theatre until 2021 as a result of the current uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is returning online at the end of July with a series of eleven solo piano recitals given by the in-house team of concert pianists and streamed live from the USA, South Korea, Austria and around the UK.
Festival Director Maciej Raginia said, “All of the concerts are part of the PIANO WEEK Online Edition (pianoweek.com/online), a brand new digital version of the summer school which has attracted participants from the USA, Canada, Columbia, UK, Norway, Cyprus, Dubai and Hong Kong.”
Festival partners, The Holroyd Community Theatre and Moreton Hall School, will be broadcasting live throughout the week an eclectic array of performances via The Holroyd Community Theatre website and Moreton Hall Youtube and Facebook pages.
The festival will be opened by The Romanian pianist Madalina Rusu on Saturday, 25th July at 7.30pm, with a Romantic programme featuring works by Chopin, Clara Schumann, Brahms and Rachmaninof. Audiences will also be treated to high-calibre performances during daily lunchtime and evening performances until 30th July featuring works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Scaratti.
Helen Rayner, Director of Music at Moreton Hall and Founder of North Shropshire Music said, “Annually we would welcome performers far and wide to join us in The Holroyd Community Theatre for this very special event where all concerts would ordinarily take place.
“Current restrictions imposed by COVID-19 however enable us to reach out to an online audience with an infectious programme and we are fortunate to continue to be part of this exciting week of solo piano recitals, which will be broadcast live from The Holroyd.”
The live broadcasts will be streamed simultaneously on several YouTube and Facebook Live channels, including PIANO WEEK, Pianist Magazine, Schott Music, Moreton Hall, The Holroyd Theatre and Rugby School Enterprises, to an audience of nearly 100,000 followers and subscribers.
Piano Week forms part of The Holroyd Community Theatre’s programme of virtual events ‘HCTogether’, developed in collaboration with local arts organisations and curated to provide audiences with a weekly line-up of virtual creativity and archived productions to enjoy from the safety and comfort of home during lockdown.