Festival Programme 2023

 Sarratt Festival of Music - our program for 2023 was: --


Friday 22nd September:  Piatti String Quartet with Sacha Rattle one of the most distinguished quartets of their generation. Prizewinners at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, they have performed in all the major venues and festivals around the country as well as concerts throughout the world. An evening of sublime chamber music including Brahms’ captivating Clarinet Quintet and string quartets by Dvorak and Schubert. 


Sacha Rattle is a leading international clarinettist and a much sought-after chamber musician, having collaborated with many artists. Recent highlights include his Wigmore Hall debut, Prussia Cove OCM and tour, concerts with O/Modernt, USA debut tour with Berlin Counterpoint, a residency with the Linien Ensemble in Madrid, double concerto with Peter Donohoe and guest principal with Mahler Chamber Orchestra.


This was a wonderful concert - fantastic world class musicianship - the audience was entranced !

Saturday 23rd September: Jazz evening entitled "It's Trad Dad" - a tribute to the British traditional jazz bands of the 1950s - a 7 piece band of top trad musicians who played in these famous trad jazz bands! Before The Beatles Britain was Trad mad and this concert celebrates the music of the 50s and early 60s, recreating the sounds of Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, Ale Welsh and more. Trombonist Ian Bateman’s 7-piece band features a group of musicians who worked extensively with the big stars of the Trad era and continue to keep the music alive with their superb playing and sheer love of the music.


This concert was a joyous tour de force! - the audience loved it!

Friday 29th September:  Ex Cathedra  

Ex Cathedra is a leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. Known for their passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research. The vocal group of 10 singers and their conductor Jeffrey Skidmore will present a programme of gorgeous vocal music from the Renaissance to the present day.

A stunning performance of incredible singing!


Saturday 30th September: Craig Ogden – guitar with Miloš Milivojević  - classical accordion

"A worthy successor to Julian Bream" He is one of the most exciting artists of his generation. His performances have taken him throughout the UK, into Europe, the USA, South East Asia, South Africa and Australia in recital, on radio and on television. In London, Craig regularly appears as a soloist and chamber musician at major venues including the Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Barbican. Craig Ogden teams up with classical accordionist Miloš Milivojević in a unique duo showcasing stunning arrangements of classical compositions by composers including Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Piazzolla. Both virtuosos of their instrument with international careers, their duo partnership reveals compelling playing and their relaxed concert presentation has made them firm favourites with audiences.


Award-winning Serbian born Miloš Milivojević has been described as “A hurricane of imaginative invention” by The Times. His versatility as a musician performing different genres including classical, tango and world music, has ensured he is in demand internationally. Miloš is a first prizewinner at international accordion competitions in Germany (Klingental), France (Grand Prix), Italy (Castelfidardo) and Denmark (Diremose Prisen).


A wonderful evening with two masters of their instruments!