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Important Dates


15th August 2020 - Closing Date for entries to the Piano Classes

13th -15th October 2020 - Piano Classes at Christchurch Sanctuary, The Grove

16th October 2020 - Piano Classes Celebration Concert

Concert and Awards Evening , sponsored by the Ilkley Town Council

Christchurch Friday 18 October

Special Guest Dame Fanny Waterman DBE


The concert evening, traditionally sponsored by the Ilkley Town Council, was held in Christchurch on the evening of Friday 18th October.

Our many honoured guests, who included the Lord Mayor of Bradford, the Mayor and Mayoress of Ilkley, Sir James Hill, Cllr Anne Hawkesworth, Adam Cox of Cavendish Pianos and Jill Wright of the Federation of Festivals were delighted to join everyone in welcoming Dame Fanny Waterman, a lady of international reputation who had honoured us by attending the concert to present our major awards.

Dame Fanny was introduced by our Festival Adjudicator Mrs Marilynne Davies who reminded us all of her long history of association with the piano, not least in the Leeds International Piano competition which she co-founded. The fact that she turns 100 next March gave an added poignancy to her discussions with award winners, especially those aged 5 and 6 years as they heard her comments on their performances.

Our two youngest performers Yuhan Feng aged 5 and Allan Zeng aged 6 were the first to receive their awards and bowed like stars to the audience to tumultuous applause. They were followed by Leon Price 8, Olivia Rix 7 and Hugo Murray just 12 who all received awards from our assembled distinguished guests.

Duets and Trios took us through the next stage with performers aged up to 13 and then recital classes from 12 to 16 all receiving recognition of their playing. Our adjudicator commented that to give a recital was a rare opportunity in students so young in that it gave them time to demonstrate their ability in playing contrasting styles.

The final awards were for Artistic Interpretation, Most Promising Pianist and finally our Wharfedale Bursary for £300 towards further tuition.  In a field of so many talented youngsters it was indeed difficult to make those decisions.

To finish, we heard a performance from Morvern Scrivener, the recipient of last year’s Wharfedale Bursary, who has since won international prizes and is now looking forward to competing in a Chopin Piano Festival in Poland, all at the tender age of 14 years.

Dame Fanny said she had enjoyed the concert very much and accepted a bouquet of white roses from Yuhan Feng on behalf of the committee. She then spent some time speaking to performers and guests.

Closing the evening, the General Secretary thanked Mrs Davies for her enlightening, encouraging comments during the week and in reply our adjudicator stressed the very hard work done by Evelyn van Terheyden’s team to make this lovely event happen. She added that she had been delighted to be invited again, having adjudicated at the first October Festival, and that it had now established itself as a winner.

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Festival Secretaries

General Secretary
Mrs Patricia Dibb
01943 865180


Speech & Drama Secretaries
Mrs Julie James
01943 433444

Mrs Elizabeth Whiteley
01943 830780

Piano Festival Secretary

Piano Festival Secretary

Mrs Evelyn van Terheyden
11, Oaklands,
Westwood Drive,
Ilkley. LS29 9RE

Telephone: 01943 600470
Mobile: 07951 533653


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