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2018 Programme

Sat 28th April, 1pm

St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield

The Parnassian Ensemble With Sara Deborah Timossi, violin

Handel and Friends 

Handel’s impact on the English music scene in the early 18th century can scarcely be overestimated.  Join the renowned Parnassian Ensemble with Sara Deborah Timossi (violin), recent winner of the International Bonporti Competition, as they explore Handel’s music alongside that of composers with whom he was associated.  Pieces by Telemann, Quantz, Croft and of course the great man himself.

FREE entry, with a retiring collection

Sat 28th April, 3pm

St. Peter’s Church, Petersfield

‘Come and Sing’ Workshop: 'A Child of Our Time' – Spirituals  

For choral singers able to read music or already familiar with these songs.  During the workshop, the well-loved spirituals from Sir Michael Tippett’s oratorio will be rehearsed.  Participants can then join the Petersfield Choir for these items during the evening performance of the entire work.

Sat 28th April, 7:30pm

St Peter’s Church, Petersfield

The Petersfield Choir & SouthDowns Camerata

A Child of Our Time

British Composer Sir Michael Tippett’s oratorio ‘A Child of Our Time’ was written against the background of World War Two.  It contains a strongly pacifist message that emphasises the need of inner healing and reconciliation to overcome hatred and violence.  Its timeless philosophy is carried by a music of transcendental beauty that is both powerful and fragile and intensely moving.  The Petersfield Choir

FREE entry, with a retiring collection

Sun 29th April, 4pm

St Mary’s Church, Liss

ZRI Workshop

ZRI are back, leading their popular workshop on fiery Klezmer/Gypsy improvisation that will suit all players and all instruments.  


Sun 29th April, 6pm

St Mary’s Church, Liss

Cellar Sessions ZRI

‘Combining the raucous energy of an impromptu pub session with the style and sophistication of the concert hall, ZRI’s unique and endlessly captivating performance had our festival audience raring for more.’ ZRI’s unique combination of clarinet, violin, cello, accordion and santur present tunes from Bach to Swift, all given the special Gypsy-Jazz treatment that makes you leap to your feet to dance.

See the ZRI website.

Mon 30th April, 7:30pm

United Reform Church Hall, Petersfield

'The Passions of Vaughan Williams' 

A film by John Bridcut.  An insight into Ralph Vaughan Williams’ music and personal life, revealing a composer of enormous energy and passion far beyond the folksy and pastoral cliché.  Presented by the film’s director.

Canapes on arrival. Bar open.

Sat 5th May, 10am–12noon

St Mary’s Church, Liss

​Children’s String Workshop

This workshop for string playing children will include the preparation of Malcolm Singer’s Suite on Yiddish songs to be performed in tomorrow's family concert. 

Sat 5th May, 2–5pm

Church Field, Greatham (Petersfield Road, next to the church)

Greatham Children’s Literature and Arts Festival With Stewart Henderson

For all children, parents and grandparents who like to be inspired by poetry and readings, even to try and form their own lines. Come to get involved or just to enjoy!

See the Literary Festival's website for further details.

FREE entry, with retiring collection

Sat 5th May, 5pm

Church Field, Greatham (Petersfield Road, next to the church)

A Celebration of Syrian Music and food culture

Rihab Azar and Trio Zamaan

Experience this young Syrian virtuoso on the Eastern traditional string instrument, the Oud, in trio with double bass and drums.  See Rihab Azar

Syrian food tasting at 5pm, provided by the Rural Refugee Network.

Concert at 5:30pm, featuring traditional and classical tunes, and the chance to learn some folk songs.

Sun 6th May, 3:30pm

St Mary’s Church, Liss

Family Concert

SouthDowns Camerata & Young SouthDowns Strings

At the finale to this year’s festival, SouthDowns Camerata will again inspire a mixed age audience with classical treats, highlighting young local talent. To include a Telemann Three Violin Concerto, Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances and the evocative Yiddish folk song suite by Malcolm Singer ‘Songs from the Shtetl’, together with Young SouthDowns Strings.

FREE entry, with a retiring collection

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