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


What a splendid Pinner Music Festival we had in 2018! Wonderful music, great audiences.

Thank you so much to all our superb performers and many volunteers for making it so special, to our Business Sponsors and Personal Donors for making it possible, and to Pinner Parish Church PCC for hosting us. We have raised valuable funds for the local charity, Hillingdon Autistic Care & Support (HACS). You may be interested to know that, since 2016, PMF sponsors and audiences have helped raise over £11,000 for local charities. 

We got off to a great start with our Seminar, in which BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny interviewed visiting artists about their work and programmes. With the lightest of touches, he allowed them the space and time to give us some very thoughtful and entertaining insights into their music and musicianship, with many valuable resonances and ideas.

The first concert, by Pinner Parish Church Choir – directed by Martin Singleton (organ) and conducted by David Gould, was strong, well-balanced and disciplined in some lovely English choral music, with many individual and groups of voices on display. The concert also featured fine solo performances by Nikki Forth (piano), Paul Greally (organ) and Marcus Cox (Bass). The audience joined them in two works by Parry.

The Dante Quartet gave us brilliant accounts of three very different string quartets: Tchaikovsky’s 1st was a marvellously romantic work, yet in the classical mould, beautifully played; Shostakovich 11th – dedicated to a deceased violinist friend – was intense and distilled to the bare minimum, reflecting the social and political context in which it was written, yet ending with an elegiac release; Beethoven’s Razumovsky #3 is always a winner – ground-breaking when written, and still quite a life-journey in such a performance.

Our Young Artist lunchtime concert was given by pianist Mihai Ritivoiu, who amazed us with his virtuosity – for example in Couperin’s finger-challenging Tic Toc Choc – his romantic sensibility in Beethoven’s Les Adieux, and his lyricism and dreamy improvisatory style in Chopin, Janacek and an Enescu encore. This was the first experience of a classical concert for some attendees – what a fantastic introduction!

Later that day we were treated to an enchanting recital by the London Harp Quartet, whose dance-themed programme was a delightful mix of deft arrangements (a Bach concerto, Schubert songs, and ballet music) and excellent works commissioned for them from Gareth Wood, Richard Bissill and – in a premiere – Gavin Greenaway. The packed audience was full of smiles throughout the evening, who loved the music and the elegance of the LHQ’s presentation on these beautiful instruments.

A full house enjoyed a terrific ‘reduced’ production in English of Mozart’s Magic Flute by Opera Anywhere on Friday evening. Sue Moore’s skilful translation and direction gave the opera an ideal focus and the fast-moving production still had (almost) all the music! There was plenty of drama, much fun and fine renditions of Mozart’s timeless score, by a cast of nine singers, two instrumentalists, the backstage team … and three adorable puppets! The audience (ranging in age from 7 to 90) was really buzzing in the interval and afterwards.

In our final concert, David Gould conducted the Festival Choir and Orchestra in an exceptional and rare performance of Handel’s Belshazzar, with five outstanding soloists. This dramatic oratorio lived up to its name, with much of the drama carried by the soloists, while the Choir – at times Babylonians, Jews or Persians – enjoyed Handel’s typically vigorous choral writing. From diverting the river Euphrates, through a Babylonian feast with much sparkling wine (!), to the mysterious writing on the wall, translated by the prophet Daniel, and an exquisite final reconciliation scene, this tremendous work was a revelation to performers and the very full audience alike.

We already have some exciting plans for PMF-2019, which we shall announce in due course. Please note the dates; the festival runs from 10th to 15th June.

However, in the meantime, take a note of our new sibling – Music in Pinner Series – which is a monthly series of Saturday concerts (Classical, Jazz and Music Theatre), from October ’18 to April ‘19. Opening with the acclaimed Fidelio Trio, it includes The Carice Singers in a Remembrance concert, two contrasting displays of saxophone virtuosity (Dom Childs and Scott Hamilton), The Chelys Consort of Viols with David Gould (counter-tenor) inspired by Renaissance paintings, the David Gordon Trio with Christian Garrick (violin), and concludes with Mary’s Hand, a new work of music theatre (by Martin Bussey and Di Sherlock) exploring the world of Queen Mary 1st, performed by Clare McCaldin and a small ensemble, with the help of a beautiful re-created dress, and a pack of cards!

Much fine music to look back upon and to anticipate! I look forward to seeing you soon …

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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