With heavy hearts we had to cancel our 2020 Festival. That would have been our 21st year of bringing world class music and musicians to Sarratt.

We had hoped to provide “A little bit of sparkle in the gloom” with some small concerts in February and March,

but sadly, with the new lockdown measures announced in early January the concert that we were hoping to put on at the end of February will have to be postponed.

However, we remain optimistic that as the situation improves we will be able to re-schedule it for somewhat later in the year. We also have a full series of concerts planned for our September Festival and will be sharing details of these very soon.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”. Plato

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Meanwhile the Covid-19 epidemic has been nothing less than a disaster for performing musicians, many of whom saw their livelihoods wiped out overnight. As a gesture of goodwill towards all of our performers the Festival has made a donation to Help Musicians UK, an excellent organisation which provides financial support to performers.

If you are interested in their work please visit their website: helpmusicians.org.uk.

“Dear Sarratt Festival of Music,

I am writing to thank you for your generous donation to HelpMusicians. Owing to the Covid pandemic many musicians are looking at empty diaries for the foreseeable future but thanks to the support of people and organisations such as yours we are able to give them meaningful financial and moral support. HelpMusicians  believes that music is a vital part of our cultural life and we want to do everything possible to enable live music to return to its previous vitality as soon as possible.

Many thanks again,

      HelpMusicians"


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Sarratt Festival of Music 2019 - 20th Anniversary Season
 

We were delighted to be celebrating 20 years of Music Festivals in Sarratt last year. The artists were our favourites from the past two decades.

On Friday 20th September the magnificent 30-voice Choir of Christ Church College Oxford returned with a concert combining the finest choral works, both ancient and modern.  Here they are in action!



On Saturday 21st September guitarist Craig Ogden brought virtuosity, eclecticism and charm to his solo programme.

A great evening - thoroughly enjoyed by all!

The following weekend began on Friday 27th September with violinists Chris Garrick, Peter Fisher and friends re-creating the legendary musical partnership of Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin. Our pic shows the two maestros with Alec Dankworth bass and Tom Hooper drums. It was a truly marvellous concert ---


On Saturday 28th September Sarratt Festival of Music patron John Lill CBE closed theFestival with a concert of solo piano works including Schumann and Beethoven. For this very special Gala Concert we invited the audience to join the John and the committee members afterwards for champagne............

 

Champagne! ............


Thanks to everyone - especially to John Lill, and our wonderful audiences for 20 years support!