All concerts take place at Petersfield Festival Hall except for the recitals in St Peter’s Church on Tuesday lunchtime and Wednesday evening.

Edward Thomas Centenary Exhibitions

Two exhibitions will be open during the Festival: new images by Petersfield Photographic Society, inspired by Edward Thomas’s life and work; and books and documents from the collection held by Petersfield Museum, together with items from the national Edward Thomas archive.

Edward Thomas 1878–1917: A Centenary Concert

Friday 17 March
7.30 pm

A Centenary Commemoration
Choral and solo settings of poems by Edward Thomas and his friends, and music mentioned in his writings. Poets include Edward Thomas, Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare, W H Davies and Eleanor Farjeon. Music by Ivor Gurney, Peter Warlock, Randall Thompson, Michael Hurd, Arnold Bax, Cecil Armstrong Gibbs, Mervyn Horder and others.

Vox Cantab
Jonathan Willcocks, conductor

Bedales Cecilia Consort
Nicholas Gleed, director

Richard Pearce, piano
Frances Kelly, harp
Judith Treggor, flute

John Barker, baritone
Helen Cawthorne, piano
John Lofthouse, baritone
Catherine White, soprano
Thomas Athorne, tenor
Piers Burton-Page, reader
Philip Young, commentary

Edward Thomas Centenary Concert Sponsors

Mendelssohn: Elijah

Saturday 18 March
7.30 pm

Abigail Broughton, soprano
Louise Mott, mezzo soprano
Edward Hughes, tenor
Gary Griffiths, baritone

Alton, Rogate and Petersfield Choral Societies

Southern Pro Musica
Conductor: Paul Spicer

Family Concert

Sunday 19 March
3.00—4.00 pm

W A Mozart: Divertimento K. 136 (first movement)
J S Bach: Badinerie
Leroy Anderson: Plink, plank, plunk
Klaus Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean medley
Saxophone solos from The Jungle Book
Flanders and Swann: The Hippopotamus Song
Camille Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

SouthDowns Camerata
Director: Sara Deborah Struntz-Timossi
Mark Dancer and Emilie Capulet, pianos
Compere: John Whitaker

Meet the players and their instruments after the concert. 

Youth Concert

Monday 20 March
7.00 pm

Singers and instrumentalists from local schools and youth music organisations.

Lunchtime Recital

Tuesday 21 March
1.00 pm
St Peter’s Church

Award-holders from the Michael Hurd Memorial Fund

Jonathan Mitra, trumpet
Rosalind Sheppard, piano
Victoria Puttock, saxophone

Ensemble Reza

Wednesday 22 March
7.30 pm
St Peter’s Church

Bach: Chaconne for solo violin
Haydn: String Quartet op. 76 no. 3 (‘Emperor’)
Beethoven: ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata (first movement) arr. for string quintet
Mendelssohn: Octet

Youth Concert

Wednesday 22 March
7.00 pm

Singers and instrumentalists from local schools and youth music organisations.

The Petersfield Orchestra

Thursday 23 March
7.30 pm
Pre-concert talk
6.30 pm

Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style in D
Strauss: Horn Concerto no. 1
Delibes: Suite: Le Roi s’amuse
Delius: On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 4 (‘Italian’)
Soloist: Richard Steggall
Conductor: Christopher Braime

Meet the orchestra’s conductor, Christopher Braime, and horn soloist Richard Steggall when they discuss the programme with Piers Burton-Page at 6.30 pm on Thursday 23 March in the Festival Hall.

Jazz Night: Jonny Mansfield’s Elftet

Friday 24 March
7.30 pm

A spectacular ensemble of eleven rising stars from the Royal Academy of Music.

Dvořák: Stabat Mater

Saturday 25 March
7.30 pm

Carrie-Ann Williams, soprano
Marvic Monreal, mezzo soprano
Hiroshi Amako, tenor
Michael Mofidian, bass
Fernhurst and Petersfield Choral Societies
Midhurst Music Society
The Petersfield Choir

Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Paul Spicer