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Saturday 11 April - Monday 13 April

2009 Festival Programme

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Open Potteries
Stanley Field's elegant, functional porcelain
Stanley's pottery will be open at 4 Arlington Road, Petersham, TW10 7BY between the hours of 10am - 5pm.
10% of sales will be donated to Coram

Mallika Kumar's "Colourful Glazed Pottery"
at Lygon Cottage, Bute Avenue, Petersham TW10 7AX 11am-3pm. 10% of sales will be donated to The Shooting Star Children's Hospice

      Friday 10 April - Monday 13 April

11am - 3pm Ham House Easter Egg Hunt
£3 per trail, no booking needed. Normal admission charges apply

  Saturday 11 April   Holy Saturday 11 April

9.00am Richmond Park 5km FREE Running Competition
with Ranelagh Harriers,
whose Olympian member
Chris Brasher founded the London Marathon and whose
clubhouse is behind The Dysart Arms:

Athletes of all abilities are welcome - everyone from beginners to
Olympians, juniors to pensioners.

Taking place in Richmond Park, starting on the Tamsin Trail just south of Richmond Gate. An Easter treat for all participants with a medal for first man, woman, and junior boy and girl. You need to register in advance

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).

7.45pm onwards at The Dysart Arms
Robert Hunter - piano
Robert will be playing romantic classics on the Bechstein grand piano.

8pm onwards at the Fox and Duck
will perform music from The Kinks, James Brown to The Killers

6pm at St Peter's Church
Choral Evensong for Holy Saturday


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

  Monday 13 April

8.30pm at
St Peter’s Church


10.30-11am at Petersham Village Hall
Children's Music
with Lowell Herbert
Songs and musical activities for accompanied children aged 3-5.
£5 at the door

2.30 pm Tea
at Petersham Nurseries
with Thameside Harmony Chorus
A ladies' Barbershop group, singing a varied programme of ballads, easy beat and up-tempo numbers from 3pm - 3.45pm
£2 at the door

7pm at St Peter's Church
John Williams "Warm-up"

Children aged 8-16 may listen to John Williams for around 15 minutes warm-up for his evening recital. No complete pieces will be played. Please queue outside with a resposible adult before 6.50pm, ready to enter swiftly and quietly at 6.55pm
Free entry


(c)Kathy Panama

Sold Out
John Williams

A Recital of Guitar Music

  John Williams needs little introduction! Hearing him play in the peaceful and intimate setting of St Peter's Church, with its superb acoustics and cosiness is not something you can experience often, so book early! Music by Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Granados, Albeniz, John Williams, Morricone, Stanley Myers, John T Williams and Peter Sculthorpe.  
  Tuesday 14 April

8pm at
St Peter’s Church

Handel's Messiah  

Petersham Festival commemorates the 250th Anniversary of Handel's death by raising money for one of the first children's charities in the country, The Foundling Hospital, which Handel helped found and was a governor. The charity is now know as Coram and still cares for vulnerable children and young people.


Ben Hoffnung - conductor
Clara Meloni - soprano
Michal Czernawska - alto
Dan Turner - tenor
Henry Deacon - bass
St Cecilia Chorus of London
Orchestra of Guildhall School of Music and Drama students playimg period instruments
Persephone Gibbs - leader

Performed in aid of Coram and introduced by their CEO, Carol Homden, this is a special opportunity to hear one of Handel's most powerful works on the actual 250th anniversary of his death.

11.00am-1.00pm Scarecrow Making Workshop
at Petersham Nurseries School for Urban Gardening (Greenhouse 3)
Each family or group of 1 adult and up to 2 children will make a scarecrow to take home to use as a natural and organic bird deterrent to protect your garden or allotment crops.
More information is available here.


£50.00 for 1 adult with up to 2 children (£5.00 of which will be donated to Coram).
The ticket price includes all material necessary to make one scarecrow per family to take home. Light drinks and healthy snacks can be purchased from the Petersham Nurseries Tea House.
To Book:
Please book by calling Petersham Nurseries on 0208 940 5230 or by email: Places will be reserved upon receipt of credit/debit card details. Please note that refunds cannot be given for cancellations made within 72 hours of the event.


With a host of wonderful musicians in the atmospheric Georgian setting of St Peter's Church this is an opportunity not to be missed. Proceeds from the event are going to Coram.


This concert is generously sponsored by

Tickets: - please call 07712 787 722 for availabilty
Over 18s - £25
12-18s - £12.50



2.30pm at Petersham Village HallSold Out
Lecture on Petersham History
Professor Michael Lee will talk about his research into the highly sensitive, secret work that happened in Petersham during World War II. He will also talk about the challenges and difficulties of researching local history, before opening up the discussion to the floor and allowing people to talk about their reminiscences or knowledge on this subject. Please feel free to bring anything you would like to show or record of relevance to this fascinating subject.

Tickets - £7 including tea and cakes
Proceeds to Coram

  Wednesday 15 April

6pm at Ham House Orangery


8pm at The Fox and Duck - Quiz Night

Pleasure Gardens, Plays and Foundlings

Lecture by Catherine Parry-Wingfield

18th century Londoners enjoyed life to the full, and the art of this time captures their love of spectacle, of looking, and of being looked at.

This fascinating lecture about London at the time of The Foundling Hospital will be given by the well-known art historian, lecturer and specialist in 18th and 19th century English art and culture, Catherine Parry-Wingfield.

Tickets £10 Proceeds to The Friends of the Turner House, Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham. Refreshments may be purchased from 5-6pm in the Orangery Cafe.

7.30pm Wine Tasting at The Petersham Hotel
In the wonderful wine cellars beneath The Petersham Hotel, surrounded by thousands of bottles of aging wine, with Nick Hillman of Wine Service. A wonderful opportunity for no more than 25 people to sample some of the most exquisite wines from around the world, selected by a real expert.
Advance booking is essential please.
Tickets £35

This event is generously sponsored by The Petersham Hotel.




  Thursday 16 April
11.00am The Russell School
Junior Hall.

"Little Leap Forward": A Boy in Beijing.


8.00pm Petersham Village Hall
“Ham, Petersham & The Riverside, Then & Now"
With commentary and aerial photography included. Jenny Philpott’s fascinating DVD of the local area since the 1960’s Produced by Victor Bryant and shown in aid of the Shooting Star Trust.

Tickets, including canapés and a glass of wine/juice:
Over 18s -

18 & under & Students - £5

Proceeds to the Shooting Star Trust.

onwards at The Dysart Arms
The Jonathan Gee Trio plays Stevie Wonder
Jonathan Gee – piano/voice ("Gee's band works like the best piano trios, with conversational exchanges between the instruments - he can swing hard with drive, he can be reflective like Bill Evans, and his originals are strong. " - The Guardian)
Ed Jones – saxophone (“One of the most fluent and forceful
saxophonists in Europe” Jack Massarik Evening Standard) (Ex Incognito Saxophonist)
Larry Bartley – Double Bass
Minimum £2 donation at the door

8pm at The Fox & Duck


A very special illustrated talk for anyone over the age of 7 by the wonderful Chinese Bamboo Flautist Guo Yue from Richmond, and his wife Clare Farrow. Based on their much acclaimed children’s book, Little Leap Forward, published by Barefoot books – which has just been voted 'one of the best children's books of 2008' by The Washington Post. It is a magical story based on Yue's childhood in Beijing and is being produced as a touring theatre production and as part of the Children's Book Show, alongside Michael Rosen, the children's laureate. This special Petersham Festival preview will be both educational and fun for all - as those of you who caught GuoYue at last year’s Petersham Festival will know!

18 and under - £5 (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, entry free)
Over 18s - £8


3pm at
The Petersham Hotel

"Heaven on Earth"
Art Lecture by Richard Thomas of the Tate Gallery

3pm Lecture Sold Out - but a repeat has been arranged for 4.45pm on the same day - please book quickly!

4.45pm Lecture Sold Out- please contact us via email at if you wish to go on the returns list

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. Richard is returning after a very successful - and sold out - lecture last year.
Tickets £15
  Friday 17 April

8pm at Petersham
Village Hall

Folk Music Night
Suntrap and Jo Burke
11am–1pm and 2-4pm at Petersham Village Hall  
Japanese Taiko Drumming Workshops

with Mark Alcock of Taiko Meantime

Mark is an expert in Japanese Taiko drumming, and played for us at last year's Festival. He returns by popular demand

Tickets £6:
11am-1pm: 8-11 year olds: Sold Out

2-4pm 12-16 year olds: Sold Out

(c) Ken Broome

Suntrap will perform a mesmerising array of music including their own material and the best of the traditional and contemporary folk repertoire.

Songwriters Sara and Paul create original, innovative works drawing on English song tradition and American Folk and Country. Suntrap have played all over the UK and Europe at major folk festivals and clubs. They have been privileged to open Cambridge, Skagen and Warwick Folk Festivals. Radio features have included the Mike Harding Show and a live performance on Radio 4's Loose Ends. The world roots magazine Froots wrote that "Suntrap dazzle... definitely recommended"

Sara Byers - voice, accordian, guitar, whistles, bohdran
Debbie Chalmers - violin, viola
Paul Hoad - voice, guitar, harmonica
Mary Wilson - voice, violin

Jo Burke is at the early stage of a solo career having played fiddle for the amazing folk singer and song-writer Mary Hampton for the past three years. She is also a member of the London Bulgarian choir. She has a passion for traditional music and has been arranging traditional songs on fiddle and piano in secret for many years.

Over 18s £15

Please bring your own food and drink

  Saturday 18 April


The Cardinall's Musick

10.30am A Literary History Walk around
(c) Dmitri Gutjahr

Directed by Andrew Carwood, one of the finest vocal groups of modern times, who specialise in music of the Tudor and early Jacobean period. They will perform two concerts in St Peter's Church: in the early evening we will hear music written for the early Anglican church, while later on they will perform music written for Recusant Catholics.

Prior to the concerts, Andrew Carwood, helped by some of the choir, will give an illustrated lecture about the music to be performed.

with local historian Nigel Byrne and the talented young actor Sam Marks. Discover the literary and artistic characters who lived or worked in Petersham.

Meet by the war memorial in St Peter’s Church Yard, Church Lane
£7.00 (or £5 for 18 & under & Students) - please pay at the event, which will be cancelled or rescheduled if the weather is unsuitable.

3.30pm at Petersham Village Hall
Lecture by Andrew Carwood



Using music from their two contrasting evening programmes, Andrew Carwood and the Cardinall's Musick will expand on the turbulent history and music of the late tudor and early Jacobean period. With the recusant and retreating Catholic William Byrd on the one hand, and the flourishingly inventive Thomas Weelkes embracing the new Protestant orthodoxy on the other, both working at the heart of the establishment in the Chapel Royal, the personal dilemmas and public music-making of these historical characters will be vividly brought to life in words and song.
Tickets: Over 18s £10.00 8 -18 years & students £5

Tickets include tea and cake.


2-2.30pm at Petersham Village Hall
Poetry Competition - reading and prize giving
Free entry to the reading
Details on entering the competition may be found here
6.30-7.15pm at
St Peter’s Church

Early Evening Concert

Music by Tallis, Batten, Gibbons, Weelkes and Byrd
Over 18s - £1
8-18s & Students - £7.50

7.30pm: at Petersham Village Hall

Between-Concerts Dinner by Brula

During the interval between the two concerts, a two-course dinner will be served by the excellent staff of Brula restaurant of St Margarets -

  • Boef Bourgignon, pomme puree and French Beans
  • Pear and almond tart, creme fraiche
  • Drinks available including wine at £2 per glass/£10 per bottle
  • Vegetarian option available by advance request

Tickets (only available from Petersham Festival) £18

Booking Closed

  9.30-10.15pm at
St Peter’s Church

Late Evening Concert

Music by Byrd, Tye and Phillips
Over 18s - £15 8-18s & Students - £7.50

  Saver Ticket

Come to both concerts for:
Over 18s - £25 8-18s & Students - £12.50

  Sunday 19 April 2009
  2.30-4.30pm at
Petersham Village Hall

Singing Workshop with Delia and Andreas Rosenboom

Whatever your level of singing, and even if you cannot read music, you will end up singing in harmony and making a wonderful and tuneful sound in Taize and Gregorian Chant inspired music.

Over 18s - £12
8-18 years & Students - £6

Tea and cake will be provided
  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

Retiring Collection to be shared between:
The Vineyard Project in Richmond
Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts
Latchmere House
YMCA Hawker Centre

(These charities have been chosen by St Peter's Parochial Church Council)