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Sarratt Festival of Music


WE ARE DELIGHTED TO ANNOUNCE details of the concerts for this year.
Please make a note of these dates in your diary.

Friday 20 September The Hilliard Ensemble
Unrivalled for its formidable reputation in the fields of both early and new music, the Hilliard Ensemble is one of the world’s finest vocal chamber groups. Its distinctive style and highly developed musicianship engage the listener as much in medieval and renaissance repertoire as in works specially written by living composers. They have enjoyed an extensive recording career ranging from a hugely successful collaboration with the saxophonist Jan Garbarek to Arvo Part’s “Passio” and Chorales by J.S. Bach.
For the Festival they are bringing their exquisite “Songbook” programme, a fascinating journey from the Italian Renaissance to the 21st Century, including a motet by Part and some extraordinary arrangements of Armenian folk songs.

Saturday 21 September The Budapest Café Orchestra
Chris Garrick – violin and darabuka
Eddie Hession – free bass accordion
Kelly Cantlon – double bass
Adrian Zolotuhin- guitar, sax, balalaika
The Budapest Café Orchestra play powerful and driving folk-based music from Eastern Europe based on the music of European gypsies; a wide-ranging programme of impassioned Hungarian Czardas, tender Russian folk melodies, rollicking dances from Romania and Moldova, bitter sweet Jewish laments. The music evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – you’ll want to book a holiday on the Danube immediately!
Chris Garrick is one of Europe’s most celebrated jazz violinists and his last appearance at the Festival with “Tribute to Stephan Grappelli” was sensational. We look forward to welcoming him back.
“Awe inspiring musicianship which will leave you with a grin on your face and rhythm in your feet.” The Times

Friday 27 September David Pyatt (French horn) Peter Schoeman (violin) Leon McCawley (piano)
An evening of sublime chamber music, culminating in Brahms’ achingly beautiful Horn Trio. David Pyatt was educated at Watford Grammar School and has carved out a career as one of Britain’s leading horn players. A winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year at the age of only 14, he has since performed with many of the leading orchestras throughout the world. He is currently principal horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. For this evening he will be joined by Peter Schoeman, currently leader of the London Philharmonic and a renowned chamber musician and soloist and the pianist Leon McCawley who last appeared at the Festival with Emma Johnson.

Saturday 28 September Paul Lewis (solo piano)
A fantastic final evening's concert comprising Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” alongside Liszt and Bach.
Paul Lewis is internationally recognised as one of the leading pianists of his generation. His many awards include the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Instrumentalist of the Year, and three Gramophone Awards. In 2010 he was the first pianist in the history of the Proms to perform all five Beethoven concertos in a single season.

Children’s concert
Following last year's extremely successful workshop when the fabulous Travelling by Tuba spent a day entertaining the children of Sarratt, SFM will again be organising a musical event at Sarratt School during the Festival period.

As ever, booking forms will be widely available in July and included in Spotlight. They can also be downloaded from the website www.sarrattfestivalofmusic.co.uk.

The box office will open on 12 August . All concerts take place in Sarratt Village Hall and start at 7.45pm.