Music-lovers of all tastes and ages can find something to enjoy in this year’s varied programme of concerts at Petersfield Musical Festival.
The next Petersfield Musical Festival runs from Friday 13 to Saturday 21 March 2020. Read more in the Petersfield Musical Festival Newsletter 32 Spring 2020 and Petersfield_Musical_Festival_2020_Programme.
This year’s Festival puts the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven centre-stage with a performance of his third piano concerto in C minor on March 19th at Petersfield Festival Hall. The work, starring young soloist Cordelia Williams and performed by the Petersfield Orchestra, will be flanked by two other popular classics: Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony.
Other musical tributes to Beethoven (this year) include the lunchtime and evening recitals at St Peter’s Church on 17th and 18th March which focus on chamber music, songs and piano duets.
For opera lovers the enterprising Merry Opera Company will present Mozart’s Don Giovanni on 20th March. This thrilling drama traces the rise and fall of the infamous womanizer and contains some of Mozart’s best-loved arias and vocal ensembles.
The Festival Chorus, Highfield Chapel Choir and Southern Pro Musica under the baton of Paul Spicer focus on 20th century “Music of Praise”, including Richard Blackford’s Mirror of Perfection, which sets seven inspirational poems by St Francis of Assisi who symbolizes hope in an age of spiritual challenge. The same concert features Andrew Carter’s Benedicite, a canticle in praise of all creation, inspired by the carvings in York Minster.
On a lighter note, the funky and innovative gypsy-fusion group ZRI should appeal to a wide audience on 13th March. They bring characteristic flair and energy to Charlie Chaplin’s early film The Adventurer as they accompany a complete screening of the film.
Film music will also feature in the Sunday afternoon Family Concert on 14th March, when Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra will take the audience on a musical journey by car, boat, plane – and spaceship!
A hugely appealing highlight of this year’s Festival will be the choral concert on 21st March featuring the much-loved Dixit Dominus by Vivaldi, Bach’s 2nd Brandenburg Concerto and Haydn’s Mariazeller Mass. All three 18th century masterworks exude musical imagination and joie de vivre.
Tickets are now on sale from the Festival’s website, or from One Tree Books, 7 Lavant Street, Petersfield GU32 3EL Tel. 01730 261199. Further details in the links below.