Finchcocks Festival: Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st July 2021

Finchcocks Festival: Thursday 29th – Saturday 31st July 2021

Finchcocks is proud to announce its very first outdoor musical festival!

Adapting to the times, Finchcocks actually built an outdoor stage last summer, hosting open-air concerts to guests booked on residential piano courses. This year sees the exciting development of opening up concerts to the public as well! What better way to enjoy the UK summer than with live music against the backdrop of the grade 1 listed manor house?

We’re delighted to be welcoming a fantastic line up of musicians, many of whom are involved in the music school’s courses.

For more details of what we have in store, please click through to the event pages listed below.

“The Four Seasons” with Warren Mailley-Smith and Victoria Sayles: Thursday 29th July 7:30pm

Opening the Festival with a Baroque flourish, we welcome Warren Mailley-Smith, Victoria Sayles and members of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta to the Finchcocks outdoor stage.

The programme will include:

  • Bach’s Air on a G String
  • Bach’s Piano Concerto BWV 1055 in A major
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Audience numbers are currently limited to 100. For more information and to buy tickets for this event, please click here.

Childfriendly Concert “Storytelling in Nature”: Friday 30th July 2pm

Hosted by the wonderful Diane Day, a concert especially for children aims to bring the magical world of nature to life through music and storytelling. Joined by prize-winning flautist and pianist Nicola Woodward, children will enjoy the soundworld of well-loved classic Carnival of the animals and other accessible gems!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Audience numbers are currently limited to 100. For more information and to buy tickets for this event, please click here.

“Celebrating the masters” with Florian Mitrea: Friday 30th July 7:30pm

We are delighted that Florian Mitrea will be sharing his love of some of piano’s greatest masters. Experience piano repertoire gems from Beethoven and Chopin, finishing with the crown jewel of Liszt’s Dante Sonata.

Beethoven’s Sonata op. 2 no. 3 in C major & Sonata op. 53 in C major ‘Waldstein’

Chopin’s Nocturne op. 27 no. 1 in C-sharp minor & Scherzo no. 1 in B minor

Liszt ‘s Apres une lecture du Dante, Fantasia quasi Sonata from Years of Pilgrimage – Second Book: Italy

Audience numbers are currently limited to 100. For more information and to buy tickets for this event, please click here.

Jazz trio on the lawn with David Hall, Jennifer Maslin & James Sunney: Saturday 31st July 3pm

What better way to spend a lazy summer afternoon that relaxing to some favourite jazz standards?

Finchcocks Musical Director and pianist David Hall, Programme Director and singer Jennifer Maslin and the incredibly talented double bassist James Sunney come together to serenade you with some jazz standard classics. From Finchcocks favourites such as It’s only a paper moon, Autumn leaves/ Les feuilles mortes and September in the rain to Ain’t misbehavin and Lullaby of Birdland, there’s hopefully something to get all jazz lovers toes tapping!

Audience numbers are currently limited to 100. For more information and to buy tickets for this event, please click here.

Erik Satie, Mémoires d’un amnésique with Alex Metcalfe & Amusia Productions: Saturday 31st July 9pm

Back by popular demand, a piano, a film and Erik Satie – in his own words! Alex Metcalfe performs Satie’s most important works, in character as the composer from the set of his Arceuil apartment. Sarah Miles’s script, edited from Satie’s own words, is narrated against the backdrop of Keith Lovegrove’s cinematic accompaniment.

Audience numbers are currently limited to 100. For more information and to buy tickets for this event, please click here.

Weather

All events are planned to be held in the private family garden and performed on our open-air stage. Seating will be provided but please do bring a blanket or anything else you need to keep yourself comfortable outdoors. Performances will be moved inside in the case of inclement weather.

Accessibility

Access from to the garden is made from the car park along gravel paths. No steps are involved.

Should the performance be held inside due to poor weather, steps are unfortunately unavoidable due to the nature of the grade 1 listed building. Every effort will be made to facilitate access in this situation, however a full refund can alternatively be offered.

Facilities

Temporary toilet facilities will be provided on site. An accessible toilet is available upon request. Please speak to a member of staff upon booking for more information.

A paid/ cash bar will be open to serve refreshments for all events. Pimms is a necessity for such an event!