Pinner Music Festival 2018

Pinner Parish Church

5, 6, 7, 8, 9 June at 7:45pm

4th June at 1:15pm

7th June at 1:00pm


Welcome to the Pinner Music Festival (PMF) website!


We have had many years of terrific and varied concerts of fine music performed by superb artists at PMF, hosted by Pinner Parish Church. Over the last three years we have raised more than £11,000 for local charities.

For the 54th PMF, from 10th to 15th June 2019, we will again present a diverse and entertaining programme of concerts. On Monday 10th June, Petroc Trelawny, of BBC Radio 3, will return to interview artists from the week’s concerts at our lunchtime Seminar – his gentle and informed style always elicits the best from his interviewees, as we saw last year.

Our opening concert on 11th June will be performed as usual by the excellent Pinner Parish Church Choir. This year, Martin Singleton will direct them in a mix of anthems and in Vivaldi’s justly popular Gloria.

The concert on Wednesday 12th June features The Aurora Ensemble, a fine wind quintet, who will be playing lively and entertaining works for the medium by Rossini, Mozart, Taffanel, Milhaud, and in Luciano Berio’s Opus Zoo! They will also premiere a short work commissioned from Cornish composer Russell Pascoe, Keskan V.

In the Thursday lunchtime concert on 13th June, we are delighted to welcome ‘local’ stars John Wyatt and Heather Toyn in a charming mix of piano duos by Mozart, Schubert, Moszkowski, Debussy and Faure – his Dolly Suite.

For our evening concert that day, a very special concert showcases two superb City Music Foundation Artists – Bartosz Glowacki (classical accordion) and Andrey Lebedev (classical guitar) in a mix of pieces, including familiar classics arranged for their instruments, and others specifically written for accordion or guitar, as well as duos by Astor Piazzolla. This will be a real treat.

We are indeed fortunate on Friday 14th June to have a recital by visiting American stars – ’cellist Steven Doane (who has Pinner connections) and his regular pianist Barry Snyder. They will be playing three of the great ’cello sonatas – by Beethoven (in A), Chopin and Debussy – as well as popular short works by Faure.

The Festival Choir and Orchestra with four soloists (including our local ENO singers Fiona Canfield and Anton Rich), under the direction of David Gould, will be performing two Requiems on Saturday 15th June – the wonderful final work by Mozart, following a work by his good friend, Michael Haydn (younger brother of Joseph). This will be a fascinating and beautiful concert, in which we shall hear, alongside each other, the composition considered to have been a major influence on Mozart’s remarkable Requiem, written some 20 years later.

As ever, our terrific concerts are only possible through the efforts of many volunteers, and through the generous support of business sponsors and personal donors, to all of whom we are very grateful.

Tickets will be on sale online via this website from the beginning of April, with hard copy ticket sales after Easter.

The Charity that we are supporting this year is Harrow Horizons, which was launched quite recently, is run by Barnardo's and has support from the NHS and Harrow Council. It provides much needed mental health services specifically for young people in the Harrow area.


And now, a sneak preview...


PMF-2021 will be a bit special, as it will occur in the year of the 700th Anniversary of the dedication of St John’s, Pinner Parish Church, which we aim to celebrate in style. As a first step, we have commissioned two new compositions for PMF premieres to mark the year:

A new anthem for the Church Choir, on the theme of St John the Baptist, is to be written by the Cornish composer, Russell Pascoe.

A new cantata, A Brother Abroad, for baritone and small ensemble, is to be composed by Pinner-born Martin Bussey – whose fine music for Mary’s Hand we shall be hearing in April at Music in Pinner Series (mps). The new work, to a libretto by Anthony Pinching, explores the life, faith and work of Peter of Bologna, Bishop of Corbavia, who dedicated this Church in Pynnore (sic) in 1321.

Very best wishes.

AJP Signature

Professor Anthony J Pinching

Director, Pinner Music Festival

Petroc Trelawney 2


An introduction to some of the week's music, with BBC Radio 3's Petroc Trelawny.

Monday 4th June 2018
Pinner Parish Church Choir

Pinner Parish Church Choir & Musicians

English late-romantic music: Parry, Elgar, Balfour Gardiner

Tuesday 5th June 2018
Dante Quartet Portrait Alcove

Dante Quartet

String quartets with a Russian theme, including Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky

Wednesday 6th June 2018
Mihai Ritivoiu piano

Mihai Ritivoiu

Dynamic young pianist plays Couperin, Beethoven, Chopin and Janáček

Thursday 7th June 2018
London Harp Quartet

London Harp Quartet

A dance-inspired programme mixing original commissions with favourites by Tchaikovsky, Schubert and Delibes.

Thursday 7th June 2018
Opera Anywhere Papageno and Pamina

Opera Anywhere

Mozart's Magic Flute (the reduced version...)

Friday 8th June 2018
David Gould

Pinner Festival Choir & Orchestra

Handel's Belshazzar

Saturday 9th June 2018


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