Friday 16th September The Budapest Café Orchestra - an evening of joie de vivre and awe-inspiring music.

The indefatigable Chris Garrick will lead this marvellous quartet in an evening inspired by the music of Eastern Europe with plenty of surprises thrown in. The band have been described as “The Hot Club of France via the Orient Express”.

The music is magic in their hands” Sean Rafferty (BBC Radio 3)

Saturday 17th September The Complete and Utter History of Jazz

(without the boring bits!)

The Jazz Repertory Company presents the follow-up to the highly successful 100 Years of Jazz in 99 Minutes. Once again going back to the beginning of jazz and coming right up to date – from boogie-woogie to bebop and beyond.

The multi-instrumentalist sextet swap instruments around with indecent haste and the band members take it in turns to fill in the short gaps with fascinating tittle tattle about the music and musicians who made the music magnificent. It’s hugely fascinating and not to be missed.

Performed by:

Pete Long: saxophones, flute, trumpet

Enrico Tomasso: trumpet, trombone, vocal

Nick Dawson: piano, clarinet, vocals

Dave Chamberlain: bass, guitars, banjo, piano, drums

Richard Pite: drums, sousaphone, double bass

Georgina Jackson: vocals, trumpet

“Amazingly, PItes’ small but perfectly formed ensemble does exactly what it says on the flyer. Their pell-mell virtuosity enables them to cross the decades and vault the stylish hurdles with ease. Genuinely needs to be seen to be believed. Don’t miss out!” (Peter Vacher (Jazz UK)

Friday 23rd September Piers Lane - solo piano. London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane has a worldwide reputation as an engaging, searching and highly versatile performer. His programme for Sarratt will include some of the classics of the piano repertoire.

“No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity and scintillating brilliance”. Bryce Morrison (Gramophone)

Grieg: Holberg Suite

Beethoven: Appassionata Sonata

Schubert: Impromptu in G flat

Chopin: Nocturnes Op.27 Nos. 1 and 2

Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor

Chopin: Grande Valse Brilliante

Liszt: Tarantella (from Venezia e Napoli)

Saturday 24th September Mozart – Man and Music A portrait in words and music.

English Piano Trio and Friends

Mozart composed six magnificent piano trios and two piano quartets. He also wrote letters to family, friends and colleagues. These letters are not only accounts of his work and travels, but also a revelation of an inner world of his joys, worries and emotions. They portray his humour and wit, and make compulsive reading and listening. These readings are woven around movements from the trios and quartets.

In this concert the English Piano Trio is joined by Susie Meszaros, violist of the world renowned Chilingirian Quartet, and actors Christopher Ravenscroft and Ann Penfold.

‘The EPT’s programmes are always a joy to listen to, combining insightful readings with superb ensemble playing.’(The Times)