Festival Programme 2021

Friday 17th September 7.45pm

We are delighted to welcome the virtuosi of Onyx Brass to Sarratt for our opening concert. Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2017-18 season, Onyx Brass continues to be the leading light in establishing the brass quintet as a medium for serious chamber music, presenting it in the entertaining and articulate style that has become the group’s trademark.

BBC Music Magazine described the group as “easily the classiest brass ensemble in Britain”, and Gramophone hailed “some of the most thrilling chamber brass-playing of its kind”.

They are bringing an entertaining an uplifting programme to Sarratt spanning the centuries beginning with Giovanni Gabrieli’s stunning Sonata Pian’e forte. Original arrangements include Brahms’ Intermezzo and Ballade Op.118, Chopin’s Raindrop Prelude, Joplin’s Maple Leaf Rag, Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk and Bernstein’s Suite from West Side Story. www.onyxbrass.co.uk

Saturday 18th September 7.45pm

The award-winning Sacconi Quartet are recognised for their unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment, the quartet are known throughout the world for their creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, the four members of the Sacconi Quartet continue to enjoy a busy international career and are Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music and Quartet in Residence in Folkestone.

Their programme includes Schubert’s Quartet No. 13 (Rosamunde) and Beethoven’s Op 131.

“A beautiful blend of sound…highly engaging” - The Times

“Great power and sweetness…intimate closeness” - The Spectator


Friday 24th September 7.45 pm

British pianist Leon McCawley has forged a highly successful career since winning first prize in the 1993 International Beethoven Piano Competition in Vienna and second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition the same year. Since then, his concert performances and extensive discography have established him as a pianist of great integrity and variety, bringing freshness and vitality to Classical, Romantic and 20th century repertoire. He has been praised for the purity of his lyrical and heartfelt playing. His programme will consist of:

Haydn Sonata in C Hob XV1:50

Mozart Fantasia in C minor K. 475

Mozart Sonata in C minor K.457

Schubert Sonata in G D.894

“One of today’s most impeccably musical pianists.” - International Piano

“A musician of great finesse” - Diapason

“He’s a thoughtful, keenly intelligent artist in peak form, who brings a wealth of pianistic resources to this incomparable music” - The Gramophone


Saturday 25th September 7.45pm

Joe Stilgoe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter. He has created a fresh sound for jazz in the 21st century, known for writing songs that feel like they’ve been around for years and adapting classics that sound as though they were just written. As a recording artist he has released five critically lauded albums, three of which have topped the UK jazz chart.

Over the course of his varied career he has become a true modern-day entertainer, known globally as a performer of wit, style and a level of musicianship which has seen him recognised as one of the best singer-pianists in the world. Always searching for a new way of bringing not only his own songs but those he loves from the past to a new audience, he is an enticing mix of his heroes Danny Kaye, Nat King Cole and Dudley Moore.

“A very British Harry Connick Jr” - Sunday Times

“Sheer joy” - The Scotsman

“Dapper, handsome and quick-witted and gifted with

dazzling digits” - The Times

“Songs at the piano don’t get much sharper than this” - The Observer