Shipley Arts Festival: Leonardslee Gardens Charity Dinner Concert
Shipley Arts Festival and Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 invite you to enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful Leonardslee Gardens, followed by drinks, canapés, and a concert of Piazzola’s ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’, performed by the Stradivarius Piano Trio and special guest, guitarist George Robinson. Dinner and an auction in aid of Sussex Arts Academy and Chestnut Tree Hospice follows, led by Revd Rupert Toovey.
The Stradivarius Piano Trio
Andrew Bernardi is one of England’s most versatile and successful violinists. He has performed with The Royal Philharmonic and London Concert Orchestras. In 2014 he led the acquisition of the 1696 Stradivarius and is delighted to celebrate that success, particularly with the Stradivarius Piano Trio. Award-winning pianist Maria Marchant is a passionate advocate of British music and pianist-in-residence at the Shipley Arts Festival. Cellist Jonathan Few has played in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra since 2004, and has also worked as a principal player in the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and the Wexford Opera Festival. He has been playing for the Shipley Festival since 2001 and has performed with the Stradivarius Trio for the last three seasons.
An excellent guitar from a young age, Robinson became one of 12 UK young guitarists selected for the ‘Guitar Circus’ ensemble, training monthly at the Royal College of Music. He also received nominations for both the prestigious Ian Stoutzker Prize for the most outstanding musician of the Royal Welsh College and the Julian Bream Trust, which provides scholarships for exceptionally gifted students of the classical guitar. Currently, he is in his first year of his Master of Performance studies at the Royal College of Music under the tutelage of Gary Ryan and Charles Ramirez.
Tickets: £80 (includes Drinks, Canapés and Light Supper, plus concert). Doors: 5.30pm for Guided Garden Tour. 6:30pm for Drinks, Canapés and Light Supper. Ends 9.30pm.
Shipley Arts Festival is sponsored by Toovey’s, Kreston Reeves, NFU Mutual, Rossana and Wakefields.
This concert is in aid of Sussex Arts Academy (sussexartsacademy.co.uk) and Chestnut Tree House (chestnut-tree-house.org.uk).
Find out more about Shipley Arts Festival: shipleyartsfestival.co.uk
Photo: A watercolour sketch by Chris Myers RI RBA
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