Here are some highlights of the forthcoming Petersfield Musical Festival, which runs from 15 to 23 March 2019.
Opening Night, Friday 15 March, at the Festival Hall at 7.30 pm
‘Greek Night’! A band of seven musicians presents an eclectic mix of all kinds of traditional Greek music, with all the influences that have gone into making the exciting sounds we associate with warmer climes, from the Modal art music of Byzantium and the Ottoman Empire, and Greek Orthodox chant, to café music. The group have played in London and all over Europe, to great acclaim.
Saturday 16 March, Festival Hall, 7.30 pm
George Dyson’s fabulous choral work, accompanied by Southern Pro Musica – ‘The Canterbury Pilgrims‘. A wonderfully imaginative piece, based on Chaucer’s characters. Entertaining and thoroughly English, and best of all, heart-warming.
Tuesday 19 March 1 pm at St Peter’s Church, The Square, Petersfield
Recital given by Award-holders from the Michael Hurd Fund for young musicians.
A young soprano and two violinists give a free recital. Retiring collection for the Fund.
Wednesday 20 March 7.30 pm, St Peter’s Church
‘Petersfield Brass‘, led by Hilmar Hauer, trumpet, with Nicholas Gleed on the organ. This ensemble will play music from the Renaissance to the 20th century.
Thursday 21 March 7.30 pm, Festival Hall
Petersfield Orchestra, conducted by Mark Biggins, a terrific programme:
Glinka – Overture Ruslan and Ludmilla
Prokofiev Piano Concerto no. 3 in C major (soloist Cristian Sandrin)
Tchaikovsky – Symphony no. 6 in B minor (Pathétique)
There will be a pre-concert talk at 6.30: Piers Burton-Page talks to Mark Biggins and Cristian.
Friday 22 March, Festival Hall 7.30 pm
‘A Swingin’ Affair’: Jazz Night! Well-known Jazz singer and Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin, with virtuoso saxophonist Ray Gelato and the Dave Newton Trio. Claire and Ray have presented this programme of songs from the 30’s, ’40’s and ’50s to huge critical acclaim in venues up and down the country and in London. Be there or be square.
Saturday 23 March, Festival Hall 7.30 pm
A wonderfully popular programme brings this year’s Festival to a close:
Beethoven – Overture ‘Egmont’
Dvorák – Slavonic Dances
Brahms – German Requiem
To book, please go to www.petersfieldmusicalfestival.org.uk
or visit One Tree Books, Lavant Street, Petersfield, tel. 01730 261199