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Pre-Festival Event Thursday 20th March
  2008 Festival Programme  
from 4pm at Petersham Nurseries
After-school papier-mâché Easter Egg making workshop for parents and children
All paper and materials to be supplied. The eggs created may be entered into the Petersham Festival Egg-Rolling competition on Easter Monday.
£2/child and £4/adult – proceeds to The Chiswick House Kitchen Garden project.1
Bookings should be made to: or 0208 940 5230 not via the Festival Box Office
  Saturday 22 March   Easter Sunday 23 March

11am-3pm - Easter Egg Hunting at Ham House will take place each day over the bank holiday weekend. Chocolate prizes. 11am-3pm entry £3 (plus normal admission charges).

8pm onwards at The Dysart Arms
Paul Tucker - piano
Paul is winner of many piano competitions and also the ABAC Premio Franz Liszt International Competition for composers . He will play popular classics from Bach to Liszt as well as some personal compositions.

8pm onwards at the Fox and Duck
Young local singer/songwriter; acoustic set. Pop, Rock & Funk

4pm at St Peter's Church
Festal Evensong


A traditional service in the historic and beautiful atmosphere of St Peter's Church. Following the 1662 prayerbook liturgy, led by the choir.

  Monday 24 March

7.30pm at
St Peter’s Church

under 18s & students £15

10am - meet at Pembroke Lodge
Easter Egg Rolling Race & Easter Bonnet Parade
with Zac Goldsmith
Eggs can be delivered for judging between 9-10am. The races will take place on the slopes towards Petersham. See entry conditions.
Entry fee £2 - proceeds to The Holly Lodge Centre

11.30am-2.30pm at Petersham Nurseries
A Chinese Feast with Guo Yue

A demonstration and tasting of exquisite healthy Chinese home cooking. Numbers strictly limited - please book early.
20% of proceeds will be donated to the River Thames Boat Project

3-4.30pm at Petersham Nurseries
"4 Flutes"

This local flute quartet led by Julie Wright will perform music from Bach to Broadway.
Free entry, retiring charity collection

3-5pm meet at the War Memorial in St Peter’s Churchyard
Historical walk around Petersham with Nigel Byrne, who worked for the National Trust at Ham House for over 10 years
£4 minimum donation pay on the door in support of the local Arcadia project


Emma Kirkby & Anthony Rooley

“Honey from the Hive”
A Recital of John Dowland lute songs exploring Elizabethan Patronage.
  Since Emma's voice was "discovered" by conductors and the lutenist Anthony Rooley in the early 1970s, her singing has enchanted the world with its brightness, clarity and beauty. She was voted Artist of the Year by Classic FM listeners in 1999, and recently the Her Majesty the Queen bestowed on her the honour of Dame Commander of the British Empire in recognition of her talent. She was also placed number 10 of the top 20 sopranos of all time by a panel of critics, despite never having performed a note of Verdi!

The opportunity to hear Emma perform the best of John Dowland's songs ,along with the Lutenist who has greatly influenced so much of her career, and in the intimate and ancient setting of St Peter's Church, is not one to be missed. Buy your tickets while you can!
  Tuesday 25 March

7.30pm at
St Peter’s Church

under 18s & students £15

10.30am-12 noon - meet Pembroke Lodge
Walk in Richmond Park

with Douglas Reynolds of the Friends of Richmond Park
A circular walk from Pembroke Lodge to Pen Ponds.
Retiring collection in aid of Friends of Richmond Park

Michala Petri & Lars Hannibal
with Andrew Skidmore

Michala Petri (recorders), Lars Hannibal (guitar & lute) and Andrew Skidmore (‘cello) will play an entertaining programme including music by Bach, Vivaldi, Tartini (the Devil's Trill sonata), other virtuoso arrangements and Scandinavian pieces including a composition by Michala herself.


Petersham Festival is proud to host the internationally renowned virtuoso recorder player Michala Petri in the beautiful Georgian candelit interior of St Peter's Church. This will be a breathtaking experience not to be missed as Michala Petri is not only regarded as the finest recorder player, she also ranks as one of the finest musicians in the world. She was appointed Knight of Dannebrog in 1995 by the Queen of Denmark, and in 2000 she was awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, one of the highest honours in the music industry.

This concert is kindly sponsored by:

Petersham Festival Youth Music

We are delighted that during their visit to the Festival, Michala Petri and Lars Hannibal will be giving demonstrations at The Russell School and Grey Court School.

We are grateful for the generous support of Savills for this and other youth music events during the Festival.


The Embassy
of Denmark

  Wednesday 26 March

7.30pm at The German School

under 18s & students £2.50

10.30-11.15am at Petersham Village Hall
Children’s Music
with Lowell Herbert:
Songs and musical activities for accompanied children aged 3-5.
Tickets £4

Print Workshop at Petersham Village Hall
with Zoe Image
An introduction to print-making and etching, including a hands-on exercise. Tickets £10 including refreshments.
In association with the Ham and Petersham Association

4.30pm at Ham House

A talk on the History of Petersham
by members of the Richmond Heritage Guides:
Tickets £5

Richmond Youth Orchestra

Conducted by Michal Kaznowski
with Rachel Gorman – violin soloist.

Debussy Ballet from “Petite Suite”
Beethoven Romance No 1
Saint-Saens Havanese
Haydn London Symphony
Michal Kaznowski is a renowned ‘cellist who was principal ‘cello of many orchestras including the CBSO under Sir Simon Rattle. He is now a member of the Maggini Quartet

Rachel Gorman is a young violinist from the Richmond Borough. She currently studies at The Purcell School, and recently played at St James’ Palace in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

  Thursday 27 March
2.30pm at
The Petersham Hotel
Art Lecture
by Richard Thomas of the Tate Gallery
10am Russell Suite, Pembroke Lodge
Talk on Richmond Park
by Douglas Reynolds of the Friends of Richmond Park.
Collection in aid of Friends of Richmond Park.1

10am-1pm at Petersham Nurseries
Watercolour Workshop
With Janet Weight Reed Inspiring, watercolour artist Janet, renowned for her colourful, loose and vibrant style,  will demonstrate and guide you in the art of painting flowers, in the beautiful surroundings of Petersham Nurseries. Suitable for both beginners and more experienced.
Tickets £29.50 - Book through Arts Link 020 8288 0037
Not through the Festival Box Office

at The Fox & Duck
Curry and Quiz Night

onwards at The Dysart Arms
Byron Wallen Trio
“The Thelonious Monk Influence”
Byron Wallen is widely recognised as a seminal figure in world jazz. He won the BBC prize for Innovation in Jazz in 2003 for his Indigo album, is a 2007 MOBO best jazz nominee, and the Langston Hughes commission from the South Bank Centre. He will play with Trevor Watkiss (piano) and Dave Whitford (double bass).
Lecture on paintings of the view across Petersham from Richmond Hill. Richard has
been an educator and guide at the Tate for 20 years, and is a practising artist. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear an expert talk while observing the famous view from the River Room at The Petersham Hotel.
Tickets £15
Numbers strictly limited – please book early.
  Friday 28 March
8pm at
St Peter’s Church
under 18s & students £10
10am–12noon at Petersham Village Hall  
Japanese Drumming Workshop
with Mark Alcock of Taiko Meantime
Tickets £20 - limited to 15 places, age 12 and over

at The Palm Centre                              
Bamboo Bonanza                   
With Guo Yue
Guo Yue will demonstrate his collection of bamboo flutes from Southern China among the bamboo section of the Palm Centre. He and others will also talk about bamboo, its history and its increasing importance as an environmentally friendly material.
Tickets £7 (under 18s free)
Please bring something to sit on.

5pm onwards at The Dysart Arms
Samuel Joyce - piano
“The Gershwin Influence”
Samuel is a young pianist studying Jazz at University of Leeds
Guo Yue and Mark Alcock
Music, Food & Love

Guo Yue’s haunting music charts an evocative journey through the life of the musician, composer and cook. Guo plays bamboo and jade flutes, Mark Alcock on Japanese percussion.

Guo Yue has played on the soundtracks for films such as “The Last Emperor” and “The Killing Fields”, and regularly plays for Peter Gabriel at WOMAD.
  Saturday 29 March

1pm at
St Peter’s Church

under 18s £3

Children’s Singing Workshop - Colourstrings
with Petra Ronkko at Petersham Village Hall
Colourstrings is an internationally respected way of teaching children music through fun, imagination and creativity without pressure. It is an extension of Kodaly and uses singing to develop inner hearing.
10.30am–11.05am - accompanied children, aged 2-5
11.20am–12noon - accompanied children, aged 5-8
Tickets £4

2.45pm–3.30pm at Petersham Village Hall  
Gospel & African Songs for Children
(accompanied, aged 8-11)
with Andreas and Delia Rosenboom
Tickets £4

4–6pm at Petersham Village Hall              
Gospel & African Songs for Adults
& accompanied 11-16s – no experience necessary
with Delia Rosenboom, a natural voice coach and Alexander Technique teacher.
Tickets £12 inc refreshments
6pm onwards at The Dysart Arms
Peter Black – classical guitar
Peter will play classical guitar music, from Spanish & Latin-American influences to arrangements of popular classics.

8pm onwards at the Fox and Duck
Disco ‘50s – ‘90s music with DJ Byron
with late night bar!
Lunchtime Concert     
by the
Sirocco Quartet

This saxophone quartet was formed at the Royal College of Music in 2006. They will be playing works by Handel (including the “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”), Gershwin, Albeniz and Glass.

10pm at
St Peter’s Church
Late Night Concert
JS Bach ‘Cello Suites

Andrew Skidmore – Baroque ‘cello

Andrew Skidmore is Principal ‘Cello of many ensembles and member of the Fitzwilliam Quartet. He will be playing unaccompanied Bach cello suites numbers 2 & 3 in an atmospheric, candelit St Peter’s Church.
  Sunday 30 March 2008
  4.30pm at
St Peter's Church
Festival Poetry Competition
Prizegiving and Reading
  6pm at
St Peter's Church
Songs of Praise
A mixture of hymns, songs and readings, old and new. A rousing way to finish the Festival week
  22 - 30 March 2008
  Petersham Nurseries Festival Photographic Exhibition  
    Drive-By Shooting by Max Forsythe  

‘Drive by Shooting’ attempts to freeze transient images and allow a rare opportunity to examine them in more detail. The resulting photographs shot from inside cars trains and rickshaws fragment into multiple images giving views simultaneously through windscreens, side windows and rear view mirrors or juxtapose snippets from the interior with unrelated but connected views from the exterior.

Max Forsythe has always extolled the virtues of colour in photography even when it was deeply unfashionable in the 70’s and 80’s.  He often shoots in countries that are unashamed in their approach to and use of colour, like Ireland, Morocco and the Carribean and published a limited edition book of these pictures called Colour Prejudice. Max has won many awards including four D&AD Silvers and a Bronze Lion for Directing at Cannes.  Drive by Shooting was first exhibited at the Lupe Gallery London in 2004. His work is in the collections of The Royal Photographic Society and The National Museum of  Photography.
20% of sales of photographs will be donated to the Petersham Trust.