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2010 Festival Programme

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  Saturday 12 June 2010

6pm at
St Peter’s Church

Festive Evensong from Queen Elizabeth I's Chapel Royal  


Open Potteries

Mallika Kumar's "Colourful Glazed Pottery"
12-13, 19-20 June 10.30am-6pm
at Lygon Cottage, Bute Avenue, Petersham TW10 7AX .

Stanley Field's Elegant Porcelain
Friday - Sunday 11, 12, 13 June, 11am - 5pm
4 Arlington Road, Richmond TW10 7BY
Elegant and functional porcelain - with several new glaze colours added in the last year. 10% of sales to be donated to Coram.
Tel 020 8840 1069

Evening Music in Petersham Pubs

The Dysart Arms - Peter Black, Classical Guitar

Fox & Duck - Rock & Roll starts 9pm. World Cup showing live - including England on 12th & 18th


The Rose Consort of Viols

Featuring ceremonial English church music of the sixteenth century, using period instruments played by professional specialists, and sung by a choir of singers who have come together to study this particular style of singing. 


The singers will include members of the London Motet & Madrigal Club and choirs in the Petersham, Richmond and Twickenham area, conducted by Jonathan Rennert, (Director of Music at St Michael's, Cornhill and a former organist at St Peter's, Petersham)
Free entry

If you would like to participate in the service and preceding workshop as a singer, or as a listener to the workshop, then please download, complete and return this application form.

  Sunday 13 June 2010

7.30pm at The Dysart Arms

"Nightingales" - A Song Recital

This mythical bird has enchanted people for centuries with its magical singing, inspiring wonderful poetry and music wherever it lives. There were too many songs to choose from, so tonight's wonderful singers chose their favourites, covering many centuries to give you a taste of the nightingale's magical charms! Accompanied by the excellent Dysart piano, harp and a lovely meal it will be a memorable summer evening.
Lisa Beckley (Soprano)
Sally Bruce-Payne (Mezzo-soprano)
James Lawrence (Baritone)
Christopher Stokes (Piano)
Stuart Marsden (Harp)

A two course fixed menu meal is included.

Tickets £40:


Dinner Menu:

Main course
Poached organic salmon with new potatoes, herb mayonnaise and a watercress and radish salad

Vegetarian choice
Stewed peppers with broad beans, mint and ricotta raviolo

Marinated peaches with strawberry semi freddo and raspberry jus


  Monday 14 June 2010
5pm Petersham Village Hall

Piano Recital and Lecture by Professor John Irving

'Tool, not Rule: Understanding Mozart's Piano Sonatas.'

Mozart's music lives in performance. This lecture-recital will embrace that reality by illustrating how performing his music in historically-appropriate ways on historically-appropriate instruments such as the fortepiano can provide us with tools, rather than rules, for appreciating his music afresh.

John Irving is Director of The Institute of Musical Research and Professor of Music History and Performance Practice, University of London. He is a fortepianist and musicologist and has written four books on Mozart (another is currently in press).

Tickets £12 to include exquisite Viennese refreshments provided by Martina Lessing of "À Table!", a fine caterer based in Petersham  


White Lodge Museum opening

By special arrangement, the Royal Ballet School museum at White Lodge will be open at the following times during the Festival:

Monday 14 June: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Wednesday 16 June: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Friday 18 June: 1.30 - 3.30pm
Saturday 19 June: 10.30am -12.30pm

These events are now fully bookedVisitors will be able to learn about the daily life of students at the school. The art form to which they aspire is a vital and vibrant element of our cultural heritage, and plays a large part in world culture.

  Tuesday 15 June 2010

Lunch at "À Table!" 12.30-2.30pm
at 7 Arlington Road, Petersham

A four course taster menu for up to 12 people specially prepared by Martina Lessing using the finest ingredients, with a an inspirational European flair.

Bring your own wine

Tickets £12

This event will also be held on Wednesday 23 June and - see below

7.30pm at Petersham Village Hall

Richmond Park and the Isabella Plantation

A talk by Simon Richards, Park Manager. Also including a display of Susanna Ramsey's amazing collection of natural history objects collected from the park and photographs.

Tickets £10. In aid of the Holly Lodge Centre


10am - 1pm at Petersham Nurseries
Seasonal Flower Arranging with Petersham Nurseries’ resident florist and stylist Ronny de Koning

In the delightful setting of our glasshouse you will discover how to make arrangements and bouquets using seasonally available flowers and foliage.  Over the course of the morning Ronny will share his knowledge and experience, demonstrating florist’s techniques and then working with you on your own creation to take home.  The group will be using seasonally available flowers and foliage available from the Petersham Nurseries cutting garden, where we can access an abundance of fragrant, pesticide-free and beautiful ‘low plant mile’ flowers.  An informative, relaxing and sociable morning is guaranteed.

Tickets: £55 per person (to include tea/coffee and cake, all materials and container for your arrangement to take home).

Places are limited, so we ask that you reserve ahead of your chosen date.

For more information on this class and to book, please contact:
Petersham Nurseries on 0208 940 5230 or contact us by email:
Places will be reserved upon receipt of credit/debit card details.

  Wednesday 16 June 2010

Arts & Crafts fair at The Dysart Arms

In the upstairs function room at the Dysart Arms. To include work in various art forms by Suszie Vignoles, Stuart Turnbull, Stanley Field, Mallika Kumar, The Shooting Star Trust, Caroline & Peter Britton, "Unique Gifts from Emily", the Nepal Leprosy Trust, Mechelle McBride, Trish Goddard, Kaizarin Kalifa and Jill Whybrow.

In association with Richmond ARThouse Open Studios Festival

Free entry.

7pm Wine Tasting at The Petersham Hotel

"Wines for Summer Evenings"

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 to sample some of the most exquisite wines for summer, selected by a real expert.
Advance booking is essential please.
Tickets £35: SOLD OUT

This event is generously sponsored by The Petersham Hotel.



4pm at The Dysart Arms
Tea Time concert with Daniel Pailthorpe - Flute
Co-Principal Flute with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and guest principal with many orchestras, notably the London Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He is a founder member of the chamber ensemble Conchord.

Free entry - collection in aid of The Shooting Star Children's Hospice

8pm at the Fox & Duck, Petersham - Charity Quiz night.
Home-made Thai food available

  Thursday 17 June 2010

"Sir Joshua Reynolds, his house on Richmond Hill and the Royal Academy"

A lecture by Catherine Parry-Wingfield, a well-known art historian, lecturer and specialist in 18th and 19th century English art and culture.

An opportunity to hear about this fascinating and important character in the history of English art in a location within the view of his house.

3pm in the River Room at The Petersham Hotel, including refreshments from 2.30pm


Lunch at "À Table!"  12.30-2.30pm
at 7 Arlington Road, Petersham

A four course taster menu for up to 12 people specially prepared by Martina Lessing using the finest ingredients, with a an inspirational European flair.

Bring your own wine

Tickets £12 - SOLD OUT

This event will also be held on Wednesday 23 June and Tuesday 15 June- see above and below

Jazz at The Dysart Arms: 7:45pm
CERI EVANS – JAZZ PIANO (MOBO AWARD WINNER “BEST JAZZ ALBUM” 1997) plays his jazz sonata. 1st movement – Duke Ellington, 2nd movement – John Coltrane, 3rd movement – Thelonious Monk, 4th movement – Ceri Evans
BOOKING ADVISABLE - call The Dysart Arms on 07967 481 625

The Fox & Duck: 8pm
Open Mike for singers and musicians
Just turn up and perform for free! This event to be repeated on 24th June


Tickets £15 including refreshments

3pm lecture SOLD OUT

But by popular demand, this lecture will also be given at 12.30pm on the same day, Thursday 17 June. Refreshments available from 12 noon.
12.30pm lecture SOLD OUT


  Friday 18 June 2010

8pm in Petersham Village Hall

"Rogues and Vagabonds" present
“Here’s one I made earlier”
- a miscellany of songs, poems and stories on the subject of food and drink, with contributions from the larders and store cupboards of a myriad of authors and songsmiths including Flanders & Swan, W.S. Gilbert, Saki, the blessed Delia (naturally) but with any contribution from G...n R...y severely Bowdlerised to ensure its complete suitability for family consumption.

with Barry Hill, Heather Hodgson, Stuart Turnbull and Charlotte Walker

Tickets £10 - proceeds to The Shooting Star Children's Hospice  


3-5pm in The New Inn, Ham Common
Francesca Beard
"The Queen of British performance poetry" - London Metro
A wonderful opportunity to hear Francesca Beard, a London-based Malaysian poet who grew up in the Malaysian island paradise Penang, performing spoken word in the intimate and cosy setting of The New Inn. She is currently touring her one-woman show "Chinese Whispers", produced by Apples and Snakes.

Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine or beer or cup of tea kindly provided by The New Inn.


  Saturday 19 June 2010

7.30pm Michala Petri and the Maggini Quartet in St Mary's Church, Twickenham

We're flying over the river to join in with the Twickenham Festival with a fabulous concert in the beautiful and historic Parish Church of St Mary, with its lovely acoustics and interior.

Michala Petri“…one of the world’s most supreme instrumentalists”

The Maggini Quartet "Among the most vivid, intelligent, witty and, on occasion, musically risk-taking live performances of classical quartets I've ever heard."

Mozart Flute Quartet in D major
Dvorak Quartet Op.51
Schubert Quartettsatz D703
Krahmer Variations
Gordon Jacob Suite

Tickets - adult £20

18 & under & students - £10




9pm at The Fox and Duck

Jackals - Blues and Soul music


12 noon at St Peter's Church, Petersham

On the Record

Michala Petri discusses with Ian Partridge her incredible journey with her recorders from a small town in Denmark to the international stage. A unique and unmissable opportunity to hear one of the most celebrated and exceptional musicians in the world talk about the incredible life she has had playing this ancient and sadly much-maligned wind instrument. Questions from the floor will be accepted!

Adults: £5

Under 18s & Students: £2.50

This event is being held in association with Putney Music -

2-4pm at St Richard's Church, Ham

"Old English Rounds and Folksongs"
'Folksongs rounds and chants of Old English Merriment': An Acappella singing workshop led by Delia Rosenboom
An opportunity to come and sing some of those old English treasures in the form of 4 -part songs and rounds typically about birds, nature, the countryside and Big Bells-often called Tom! .... not forgetting good 'ol English jollyment. All songs taught by ear, so no need to read music or to have any singing expertise. All welcome. Lots of fun.

Delia runs the HeartSong Acappella choir locally as well as regular singing workshops. She is a member of the Natural Voice Practitioners Network and is also an Alexander Technique Teacher. She enjoys encouraging  people of all ages to share their voices in harmony and with joy, and to use the whole body as an instrument with which to sing.

A wonderful opportunity to sing in parts without needing to read music. No prior experience needed.

Adult Ticket - £12

18 & under & students - £6


  Sunday 20 June 2010
  5.30pm Family Concert "The Nightingale"  

9am: Ranelagh Richmond 10k Race

For all runners, a new two-lap course. Course details and entry forms can be downloaded here. For more information, contact the Ranelagh Harriers via or at the clubhouse opposite Petersham Gate of Richmond Park.

2 - 5pm: Sunday afternoon teas
at the Sea Scouts Hut. Short boat trips rowed by Sea Scouts from the River Lane slipway - wear suitable boating footwear please. Donations in aid of Hope for Konya (charity number 1120070), a school in Konya, Kenya.

"Urban Soul Orchestra"
at Petersham House: 6.30pm
followed by a delicious and seasonal summer feast. 
Led by Guildhall graduate Stephen Hussey, the USO is living proof that music now transcends all barriers and genres. Today’s generation of classical musicians have all sorts of tracks on their iPods and their set spans Vivaldi to the Verve. The string octet will perform with bass, percussion and feature guest vocalists, spanning Baroque, Classical, Jazz, Soul and many shades between.

The concert will be introduced and presented by Musical Director and ex-Rolling Stones keyboard player Matt Clifford.

Full details for the Petersham House events are here. Tickets cost £185 and can be purchased by contact Charlotte Senn on 020 8605 3627 or via

7:30pm: Jazz at The Dysart Arms
Pianist Will Butterworth is one of the hottest stars of the London Jazz scene.  His current projects include the critically acclaimed ‘Stravinsky Duo’ -  a piano and drums collaboration with Dylan Howe exploring in jazz the themes of The Rite of Spring and The Firebird.  His quartet consists of Pete Ibbetson on drums, Henrik Jenson on double bass and Russle van den Burg on saxophone.  The quartet will be playing Butterworth originals as well as their take on some of the jazz standards.
”Precociously talented, young modern jazz pianist plays with spacious and fractious beauty" Time Out
£10 BOOKING ADVISABLE - call The Dysart Arms on 07967 481 625

  Based on the story "The Nightingale" by Hans Christian Andersen.
Nightingale: Michala Petri
Music from the Chinese Imperial Court: Guo Yue
Accompanist: Lars Hannibal
Narrator: Sam Marks
Composer: Chris Bemand
Mechanical Nightingale: the new St Martin organ

An unmissable and uniquely Petersham event for all ages which will quite literally be breathtaking!

Adults: £15

18 & under & students: £10

English weather permitting, this performance will be followed by picnics and busking in the Sea Scout field with hot drinks in aid of Hope for Konya. If you are really lucky and really quiet, you may even be fortunate to hear Guo Yue and Michala Petri or other musicians duetting with the "real" birds in the Petersham Woods next to the Sea Scout field!


  Monday 21 June 2010

“A Magical Midsummer’s Night” - Sold out - returns only
with Michala Petri, Lars Hannibal and dancers from The Royal Ballet School

at The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge. In support of the White Lodge Redevelopment Appeal. Tickets £50 - limited availability; please contact Natalie Hodgson on to request an application form or call 020 7845 7073
  Tuesday 22 June 2010

6pm in The Orangery, Ham House

Aspects of Silk

SILK: a miracle of nature and mans ingenuity. For the last 5,000 years this magical fabric has enchanted all who have experienced it. Hear how silk is produced and manufactured today in an illustrated talk given by Chris Halsey - Product Development and Technical director of Designers Guild (one of the most fashionable fabric houses in the world). Sales Managers Andrew Drummond & Clare Cook will show you a selection of Designers Guild’s fabrics - including fabulously luxurious silks from their wonderful new Royal Collection of Fabric & Wallpaper - which surely Elizabeth Murray – Countess of Dysart - would have been proud to furnish Ham House with had they been available in 1685!
Tickets £15 - to include free entry into a prize-draw for a pair of Royal Collectionsilk cushions. All Proceeds to help Ham House conserve the silk wall hangings in the Queen's Antechamber. Designers Guild has generously provided this event to help with this project.


Lunch at "À Table!" 12.30-2.30pm
at 7 Arlington Road, Petersham

A four course taster menu for up to 12 people specially prepared by Martina Lessing using the finest ingredients, with a an inspirational European flair.

Bring your own wine

Tickets £12 SOLD OUT

This event will also be held on Wednesday 23 June and Tuesday 15 June- see above and below


  Wednesday 23 June 2010

11am in The Dysart Arms upstairs function room
Paperback Writer!
How to turn your novel-writing aspirations into reality....
Everyone believes they have a book in them. Novelists Emma Burstall and Sophie King take us behind the scenes into the weird and sometimes wonderful world of commercial women's fiction.

Tickets £7


Lunch at "À Table!" 12.30-2.30pm
at 7 Arlington Road, Petersham

A four course taster menu for up to 12 people specially prepared by Martina Lessing using the finest ingredients, with a an inspirational European flair.

Bring your own wine

Tickets £12

This event will also be held on Tuesday 15 June- see above

  Thursday 24 June 2010
  Jazz at The Dysart Arms: 7:45pm
"Meticulously crafted themes contain much thought and originality ..inventive original pianist." - The Evening Standard
BOOKING ADVISABLE - call The Dysart Arms on 07967 481 625

  Friday 25 June 2010

8pm at Petersham Village Hall

A Relaxing Evening of Gypsy Jazz and Folk Music

with Rythme Futur

and Little Sister Blue

Adrenaline Fuelled Romany Jazz...

Rythme Futur have been burning up the UK Gypsy Jazz scene since 2000. They play regularly at the National Theatre and Le Quecumbar in Battersea. They have also played at Café Royal, Bloomsbury Theatre, 606 Club, The Vortex, The 100 Club, Chelsea Arts Club, Birmingham, Ealing and Greenwich Jazz Festivals, the International Gypsy Guitar Festival and the Esprit de Manouche Festival, City of London Festival, BBC Radio’s ‘World on the Streets Festival’ and have toured Italy. 

They play Jazz and swing inspired by the ‘Hot Club De France’ featuring the great Django Reinhardt on Guitar. Taking this as their starting point their repertoire includes Jazz and Swing, Gypsy, and Latin tunes, all performed with the fiery energy and fast improvisational lines typical of ‘Jazz Manouche’. Members of the band, including bass player George Trebar, are involved with the Jazz Manouche scene in Paris and Holland, playing with Gypsy musicians such as Moreno as well as ‘straight’ Jazz players including Tim Kliphuis.

Already making ripples, Little Sister Blue’s distinctive sound is pure, honest and full of unexpected treats. Influenced by artists like Feist,M Ward and Billie Holiday, her songwriting is truthful, intelligent and bubbly. That with her confident, quirky and smiley stage presence, Little Sister Blue should not be missed.  “One of the sweetest voices I’ve heard” - Martha Tilston

- adult £15

- 18 & under & students

Bring your own food and drink

  Saturday 26 June 2010

7.30pm: Simon Preston
plays the new St Martin organ in St Peter's Church with the Guildhall Graduate orchestra directed from the Harpsichord by Mahan Esfahani, a BBC New Generation Artist


Early Morning Bird Watch
7am at the War Memorial in St Peter's Churchyard
An ealry morning bird watching/listening walk with Peter Burrows-Smith, who regularly leads wild-life guided walks in Richmond Park and local historian Nigel Byrne. Followed by bacon butties at the Petersham & Ham Sea Scouts.

Evening - Live Music in Petersham Pubs
The Dysart Arms - Katalin Ertsey - Renaissance Lute
Fox & Duck - Classic Rock Music


Programme to include:

JS Bach - Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV543
JS Bach - Trio-Sonata in e-minor, BWV 528 (arr. M. Esfahani)
G F Handel: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in B-flat, HWV 295, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'
WA Mozart: Fantasia for a Mechanical Clock K594
G.F. Handel: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in A, HWV 296
JS Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe in c-minor, BWV 1060

During a singularly distinguished career, Simon Preston has established himself, not only as one of the great organists of the 20th century, but also as one of the most illustrious musicians in the history of English Cathedral Music. As a soloist and choral director, he has appeared with many of the world's leading orchestras, and his recordings have won universal acclaim. His work with the choirs of Christ Church Oxford and Westminster Abbey set standards of excellence which are regarded as points of reference.

Tickets: Adults - £25
18 & under & students: £12

Information about organ recitals may be found at

  Saturday 25 September 2010
  6pm: Christopher Herrick
The acclaimed international organist plays the new St Martin organ in St Peter's Church

Charpentier: Trumpet Tune from Te Deum
JS Bach: Trio Sonata No. 6 in G BWV530
JS Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E minor BWV548
Rinck: 'Ah, vous dirai-je, Maman'
Farrington: Penguins, Giraffes and Barrel Organ Monkey from Animal Parade
Mozart: Fantasia in F minor [K608]
Takle: Power of Life 

'Herrick is a musician with a powerful urge to communicate. And communicate he does, drawing on his enormous technical and intellectual resources to turn out performances which sometimes amaze, often astound, but never fail to stimulate.' Gramophone


Adult £10 Quantity:

18 & under & students £5 Quantity:

Information about organ recitals may be found at