Festival Director Reinoud Ford’s philosophy is to showcase outstanding musicians from London and the local area to create musical experiences that engage, excite and inspire our ever-growing audiences. We are thrilled to present our Fifth Festival programme. 

Refreshments are available to purchase at ALL of our concerts. As well as our much-loved Gala Concert bakes and cakes, we will be offering delicious Baroque-tails (non-alcoholic) and savoury treats on Saturday afternoon. 

Friday 4th November

Opening Concert

As is tradition, we open the Festival with an intimate evening of outstanding solo and chamber music. English Pianist Sam Armstrong performs Schubert and will be joined by Cellist and Festival Director Reinoud Ford and Festival favourite Oscar Perks for iconic Beethoven and breathtaking  Dvořák.  

Venue: Christian Community Church, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Time: 7.30pm

  • Franz Schubert: Impromptu D 935
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat Major. Op. 97, “Archduke Trio”
  • Antonín Dvořák: Piano Trio No. 4 in E Minor, “Dumky Trio”

Saturday 5th November 

Family Concert

A Family Concert sponsored by the CAVATINA Chamber Music Trust. Performed by the Magnard Ensemble featuring Wind Quintet, Narrator and Piano. Programme to include Mother Goose (traditional children’s stories set to music by Maurice Ravel) as well as interactive chamber music showcasing and informative instrument demos. Suitable for children ages 5 and up.

Optional themed crafting hour from 9.45am. 

Venue: Christian Community Church, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Time: 11am

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Baroque Concert

A special afternoon featuring the award-winning Brook Street Band, one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Handel’s music. Yes that’s right, don’t let the name mislead you! The term “band” was used in the 18th C to describe groups of musicians and this Band takes its name from the street in London where George Frideric Handel lived and composed for most of his working life. This afternoon’s musical offerings will be themed around the European Grand Tour. 

Venue: Christian Community Church, Hartfield Road, Forest Row

Time: 4.30pm

  • Programme to include: Handel, Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi

Sunday 6th November 

Gala Concert

This year’s Gala Concert is bursting at the seams with talent and innovation. Exciting soloists (Violinist Martyn Jackson and Cellist and Festival Director Reinoud Ford) accompanied by London’s foremost un-conducted string orchestra, the 12 Ensemble (joined by special guest wind players). The 12 Ensemble will also perform William Walton. Join us for fireworks.  

Venue: Theatre, Michael Hall School, Priory Road, Forest Row

Time: 6pm

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major
  • William Walton: Sonata for Strings
  • Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C Major