We are delighted to be working with Horsham District Council the 2019 Year of Culture, and also making some important Concert plan and Sponsorship announcements in January 2019


Shipley Arts Festival box office opens 16th February for Festival Friends and 20th for general enquiries.  Our new website has the details:


We perform an average of seventy public and private events annually in the UK and Asia.  Here is a sample of past events:


Sunday 29th January for 6.30 pm Sedgwick Park.  

The 2018 Preview for Festival Friends and sponsors with live music canapés and some very special wine.


Thursday 25th January for 7.30 pm in The Assembly Hall, Chichester Chamber Concerts PO19 1LQ

Bernardi Music Group plays a programme to include John Ireland 'Toccata,' J S Bach Brandenburg Concerto no.4 and Mendelssohn's String. A few tickets remain on


January 2nd 2018

Stradivarius Piano Trio rehearsal day


December to January 1st 2018 

Bernardi Music Group takes a planning break whilst Andrew Bernardi plays for other groups in venues from Royal Albert Hall to the Barbican and Symphony Hall Birmingham


Friday December 8th 2017

String Academy and Stradivarius Piano Trio are joined by Tim Wonnocot, Mark Spofforth OBE and to perform to raise funds to send a group of Aspergers syndrome children on a life changing holiday in 2019


Wednesday November 15th 2017

Private event with Mclaren Cars in Mayfair 


Sunday, November 12th 2017 3.00 pm

Symphony Hall Birmingham, LCO


Friday, October 27th 2017

Private reception for sponsors, Gold and Silver Friends, and generously sponsored by NFU and Nyetimber


Friday, October 20th to 22nd 2017

France for Private Family Event 


Wednesday, October 11th 2017

An private Mayfair evening with Rossana and the extra ordinary head of design from Aston Martin in Marek Reichman.


Sunday, October 1st 2017

Private Recital, Mayfair


Wednesday, September 27th 7.00 pm

Andrew Bernardi is delighted to open the Preview to the 2019 Horsham Year of Culture


Thursday, 21st September 2017 

Great Ballard School Recital with Stradivarius Piano Trio


Monday, September 18th 2017

All Souls’ Church, Langham Place:  Somm Records CD launch for Maria Marchant supported by Roderick Williams OBE 


Sunday, September 17th 2017

Glandvillles Wooton, Sherborne.  Virtuoso Violin Music raises £1200 for the Church



Friday, September 15 2017 7.30 pm 


St Mary the Virgin, off A27, Burpham, BN18


Friday, September 15 2017 7.30 pm 

St Mary the Virgin, off A27, Burpham, BN18


Concert of Bernardi Music Group and String Academy to include Mendelssohn's String Octet and ‘Waltz to the Stars’ by Julian Marczak’ £35/120 


Sunday, September 10, 2017 5.30 pm

"Sullington Tithe Barn, Storrington, RH20 4A"



Opera Holloway return to Shipley Arts Festival 2017. Tea and cake will be served in the interval £20/200


String Academy tour with Devon Camerata to Edinburgh Festival and Sistema Scotland 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12.15pm

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh 


Thursday, August 17, 2017 12.15pm

St Giles Cathedral/Edinburgh Festival


Friday, August 18  2017 12.15pm

St Giles Cathedral/Edinburgh Festival


Monday, August 21 2017


Perfomring with the pupils and tutors of Sistema Scotland at Raploch


July 22nd to August 12th  The Proposed Chinese English Summer Music School


Friday, June 30th 2017 

"Nyetimber Estate, Gay Street, Pulborough RH20 2HH”


A quintessentially British evening, celebrating world-class classical music and England’s finest sparkling wine in Nyetimber’s 15th Century Medieval Barns. Enjoy a glass of Nyetimber’s on arrival and their Rosé during the interval. A perfect setting to listen to this virtuoso ensemble and hear the renowned 1696 Stradivarius Violin.                                                  £43 / 120


Sunday, July 9, 6.30 pm

"St Andrews Parish Church, Nuthurst Street, Horsham RH13 6LH” 

To include Concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Malcolm Singer’s ‘Margraves Dream,’ and J.S.Bach’s ‘Er Barme Dich,’ from The Matthew Passion.  Soloists to include Bruce Martin ( flute ) , Crispian Steel Perkins ( trumpet ), Graham Salter ( oboe ) and Andrew Bernardi ( violin ) 


                                                                                                                                      £18.00 / 140

Friday, July 7, 2017 7.30pm

"The Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House, Oldhouse Lane Coolham RH13 8QP”

Popular Programme of Music and Words from William Penn and Quakers Over Time. 


Bernardi plays Bernardi with Bartholomeo Bernardi’s Sonata for violin, Handel’s 'Water Music,', Handel Concerto for Oboe and music by Benda. Performed by Graham Salter (Oboe) and Bernardi Music Group.                                                                                                         £23 / 60


Friday, July 14, 2017 7.30 pm

"Durrance Manor, Smithers Hill Lane, Shipley RH13 8PE"

Filip Fenrych (Principle violinist with Dallas Symphony Orchestra) , Maria Marchant (piano ), Jonathan Few (cello)and Andrew Bernardi ( violin) perform popular chamber music including Mendelssohn’s Quintet no.2.                                     £35.00 / 45 including refreshment 


Sunday, July 2 2017 5.30 pm

Collyers 6th Form College, Duckering Hall, 82 Hurst Rd, Horsham RH12 2EJ


StopGapDance and String Academy perform an original piece of choreographed music, and in association with Sussex Arts Academy.                                                                        £12.00 / 150 

Sunday, June 25, 2017 5.30 pm

"St Andrews Parish Church, Nuthurst Street, Horsham RH13 6LH” String Academy and the Yehudi Menuhin School conducted by Malcolm Singer perform music including Elgar’s Introduction and Allegro, Tzintsadze ‘Six miniatures,’ based on Georgian folk themes, Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in A minor; Dvorak: Serenade for Strings;  Bartok: Six Romanian Folk Dances and Monti’s Czardas. £12.00/100 


Sunday, June 11, 2017 5.30pm 


"Knepp Castle, West Grinstead RH13 8LJ” The Wilding Concert with Sculpture by Edward Eustace and to include Schubert’s 'Trout' Quintet.’                                            £35 / 60 including refreshment


Friday, June 9, 2017 7.30 pm

“Lackenhurst, Lackenhurst Lane, RH13 0JL"


Music from the Movies 6 John Williams 'Schindlers List' , Mozart Piano Concerto no.21 ( Elvira Madigan ), Nigel Hess 'Ladies in Lavender,' Charlie Chaplin 'Smile' ( Modern Times), Saint Saens 'Danse Macabre' ( Jonathan Creek from our Shipley Windmill ) , Carl Davis 'Pride and Prejudice,' Barber 'Adagio' (Elephant / Platoon ), John Williams 'Star Wars,' Danny Elfmann 'Mission Impossible,' Patrick Doyle 'Nanny McPhee.'  


Maria Marchant and Christina Maude (piano);  Andrew Bernardi  (violin ); Andy Laing (violin ); Virginia Slater (viola);  Jonathan Few (cello ); Vera Pereira (double bass) 


                                                                                                      £35.00 / 60 including refreshment


Sunday, June 4, 2017 6.00pm


"Warnham Park, Horsham RH12 3RS”Music by Festival Friend and composer Stephanie Cant, Robert Schuman Piano Quintett, Rebecca Clarke Piano Trio.                                              £35 /60


LIMITED TICKET AVAILABILITY Friday, June 2, 2017 7.30 pm

The Blue Idol Quaker Meeting House, Oldhouse Lane, Coolham RH13 8QP”


An Evening of company with Festival Musicians followed by a performance of Olivier  Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time.’ Probably one of the most expressive pieces of twentieth century music, written in a German prisoner of war camp, and finding liberty amongst the Quakers at The Blue Idol. Bernardi Music Group: Andrew Bernardi ( violin ); Tim Lessels ( clarinet ); Jonathan Few ( cello ); Maria Marchant ( piano )


SOLD OUT Friday 12th May 6.30 pm at The Chapter Hall St. John's Gate, St. John's Lane Clerkenwell London EC1M 4DA


A Concert organised by St.John's London Priory in aid of The Jerusalem Eye Hospital.

There will be a cocktail reception followed by a performance by Andrew Bernardi and The Stradivarius Piano Trio. This event will be made even more exceptional by its instrumental centrepiece, a Stradivarius violin crafted in the Italian city of Cremona in 1696. £100 per ticket on:


Monday, May 1, 2017 5.30 pm and 6.30 pm Jazz

The Selsey Arms, Coolham, RH13 8QJ


Jazz at The Selsey Arms: Jazz and Fine Food – Jake Freyer Collective.  Please book your table in advance on 01403 741537


Sunday, April 30, 2017 6.30pm

"St Mary's Church, Shipley RH13 8PH


Virtuoso Strings: A virtuoso programme of String Music to include Mendelsohn's String Octet, Vivaldi Flute and Violin Concerto, World Premiere of 'Mandala' by Michael Jennings, Roderick Williams 'Goodwood Variations’ and music by John ireland at his resting place           £18.00 / 130


Thursday, March 30th 2017 The John Madejski Fine Rooms, Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair W1J OBD Mayfair Collective host a private evening including a performance by Andrew Bernardi on the 1696 Stradivarius 


Sunday, March 26, 2017 6.30 pm

St John the Evangelist Church, Coolhurst, Doomsday Lane, Horsham RH13 6LE

"Festival Friends opening Concert with The Stradivarius Piano Trio.  Programme to include Beethoven Opus no.1 Piano Trio and Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor.                                                                             One complimentary ticket for each Festival Friend -                                                £18.00 /120 


Friday, March 24, 2017 8.00 pm

Charterhouse, Charterhouse Rd, Godalming GU7 2DX


String Academy perform with past and present members and Charterhouse String Orchestra,  Music to include Glazinov Concerto for Saxophone and Strings and Holst ‘St Paul’s Suite    £12.00 / 120


SOLD OUT Thursday, March 23rd 6.30 pm canapés and private concert at BGF Embankment with Stradivarius Piano Trio performing works including Mendelssohn Piano Trio in D Minor, Piazzolla 'Sping' and in aid of Friends of Sussex Hospices 


Sunday, March 19, 2017, 7.00 pm

"Windlesham House School, Washington RH20 4AY"


180th Anniversary of Windlesham House School. String Academy perform 'Vivaldi's Gloria'



Saturday March 18, 2017, 7.30 pm

St John's Smith Square performing Richard Blackford's 'Mirror of Perfection' and Faure Requiem.


Friday, March 3 2017, 7 pm 

Bishop Hannington Church, Hove, BN3 7NH

Butterfly Concert

"Festival Friend and composer Stephanie Cant's ‘Butterfly Concert.’

Bernardi  Music Group, Andrew Bernardi, Andy Laing, Virginia Slater, Jonathan Few, Gemma Murray and with Esther Ward-Caddle in popular works including Schubert’s Quintet in C Major. 


Sunday 29th January 6.30 pm : Shipley Arts Festival annual preview for 2017 for Festival Friends, High Sherrif Mark Spofforths OBE, MP Jeremy Quin, Patrons, sponsors and String Academy pupils and parents and musicians plus composers of our Shipley Arts Festival


Sunday 29th January 2 pm to 5 pm: String Academy at Sedgwick Park


December: ''Non stop Concerts'' with Raymond Gubbay's annual 'Christmas Festival' with artists including Aled Jones from Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham finishing January 1st with the New Years Day Concert from the Barbican  


Saturday 17th December:  Private recital for the Earl and Countess of Lytton 



Tuesday 8th November for 7.00 pm at Drapers Hall Friends of Sussex Hospices and Sir Anthony Seldon celebrate 21 Years with an appearance by Andrew Bernardi and his Stradivarius violin.


Saturday 22nd October 7.00 pm: Bells Music and Dancing with Bernardi Music Group  


Friday 21st October 7.30 pm: Private recital by Stradivarius Piano Trio


Sunday 16th October 12.30 to 4.30 pm St Mary's Parish Church 'Leslie Room:'  String Academy rehearse 'Lark Ascending' and 'Capriol Suite' plus Film music


Friday October 7th 7.30 pm Dinner recital for the community of Burnham including Unaccompanied Bach Partitas and Sonatas performed by Andrew Bernardi on the 1696 Stradivarius


Sunday 18th September 4 pm to 8 pm String Academy rehearsal and Edinburgh reunion


September recouperation and planning


Sunday 14th to 19th August: West Sussex String Academy perform three Concerts in St Giles Cathedral, as part of the Edinburgh Festival:


Tuesday 16th August at 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert

String Academy

Andrew Bernardi – Director


Wednesday 17th August at 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert

From Corelli to Copland

South West Camerata, Plymouth


Thursday 18th August at 12.15pm

Lunchtime Concert

From Corelli to Copland


South West Camerata, Plymouth perform with String Academy 


SOLD OUT Sunday 24th July for 6.30 pm:St Andrew's Nuthurst RH13 6LH


Bernardi Music Group plays Mozart Horn Concerto, Bach Brandenburg Concerto no.6, Vivaldi Concerto for Flute and violin, and solos on the Stradivarius violin by and in the presence of composer Paul Lewis. £19.00 / 200


Sunday 10th July 5.30 pm: Christ's Hospital Chapel RH13 0YP


Williamson Voices, Bernardi Music Group, Andrew Cleary, William Penn School and Greenway Academy perform popular music and conducted by multi grammy award nominee James Whitbourn in a programme to include Quaker Christs’ Hospital Old Blue Sydney Carter and James Whitbourn's own music (A special £10.00 ticket concession for pupils’ families and friends are available from William Penn School office)     £14 / 400


SOLD OUT Saturday 9th July for 7.30 pm: Durrance Manor, Smithers Hill,Shipley RH13 8PE


A Concert of Friends                                                                                         £35 / 40


Friday 1st July for 7.30 pm: The Blue Idol, Coolham RH13 8QP £23 / 60


The Special Relationship Concert: a popular programme of music from the USA and UK.  Music to include Nigel Hess ‘Ladies in lavender,’ John Williams ‘Schindler’s List, Cole Porter, Gershwin’s ‘Summertime’ and ‘It aint necessarily so,’ sussex composer and serial film writer Paul Lewis performing his world premiere and with Jake Fryer (sax), Rodney Mendoza (jazz piano), Christina Maude (piano), Andrew Bernardi (violin),  Johnny Gee (Dbass), and Bruce Martin (Flute)


Sunday 26th June for 6.00 pm: St John’s Church, Coolhurst, Horsham RH13 6LE:


The Festival Friends Concert, to include Schubert's C major string quintet £18.00 / 120


SOLD OUT Sunday 19th June for 6 pm: Knepp Castle, West Grinstead,West Sussex, RH13 8LJ


Knepp Castle Wilding Concert to include Schubert’s ‘Trout' piano quintet. £25.00 / 60


Sunday 12th June for 6 pm: Pallant Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TJ


A concert to celebrate the John Piper exhibition and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the new wing. The Bernardi Music Group will perform piano quintets including Sir Edward Elgar's quintet written nearby at Brinkwell’s in Fittleworth. Tickets to include drinks and canapé reception £60 / 120


SOLD OUT Sunday 5th June for 6.00 pm: Warnham Park RH12 3RP The Stradivarius Piano Trio performs popular music including Mendelssohn’s D Minor piano trio. £35 including drinks and canapés / 40


SOLD OUT Friday 3rd June for 7.30 pm : Nyetimber Vineyard, Gay Street, Pulborough RH20 2HH


A quintessentially British evening, celebrating world-class classical music and England’s finest sparkling wine in Nyetimber’s 15th Century Medieval Barn. Enjoy a glass of Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee 2010 on arrival and their Rosé NV during the interval. A perfect setting to listen to this nine piece ensemble and hear the renowned 1696 Stradivarius Violin. £30 / 90


SOLD OUT Sunday 29th May for 7.00 pm: St Andrew's Church, Steyning BN44 3YB

Mass in B Minor by J.S.Bach to celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi: Steyning and Shipley Arts Festivals combine to perform one of the finest classical works. Bernardi Music Group and The Choir of Our Most Holy Redeemer St Thomas More will be conducted by David Bevan. Sponsored by Toovey’s £18.00/250


SOLD OUT Sunday 22nd May for 7.00 pm: Itchingfield’s St Nicolas Church RH13 0NX.


The Floral Concert: As a preview to the Floral Fringe Festival, please wear a flower and come to hear floral music in the most beautiful Itchingfield Church in the wild flower meadows. Ned Bigham's 'The Rowan Tree,' movements from Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker,' Handel's 'Cuckoo and Nightingale Concerto' for Organ with soloist Andrew Cleary; Ralph Vaughan William's 'The Lark Ascending,' played by Andrew Bernardi on the 1696 Stradivarius violin £20.00 / 110


Sunday 22nd May for 3 pm: Sullington Tithe Barn, Storrington RH20 4A

Opera Holloway are delighted to return to Shipley Arts Festival for a third year with their new 2016 production of Don Pasquale by Donizetti. Interval tea and cake is included, in one of Sussex’s finest ten bay sixteenth century barns www. http:// £20 / 140


SOLD OUT Friday 20th May for 7.30 pm: The Blue Idol, Coolham RH13 8QP


Music and words with instruments from the time of William Penn £23 / 60


Sunday 1st May for 6.30 pm: Shipley Church RH13 8PH


'An Audience with Hilaire Belloc in Words, Song and Music'. The programme will include Shipley 2016 commission 'Goodwood by the Sea,' past Shipley Arts commission Cecilia McDowall's 'Great Hills,' J.S.Bach Brandenburgh Concerto no.4, Stephanie Cant’s ‘Wedding Songs’ performed by the composer, and Belloc's poems and readings recited by actor David Stephens in a theatrical interpretation directed by Ann Feloy. £18 / 200


SOLD OUT Sunday 10th April for 7 pm: Goodwood House, Chichester PO18 0PX


The Bernardi Music Group performs a popular classical programme to celebrate Speed and Flight, featuring baritone and composer Roderick Williams. The programme will include the world première of his ‘Goodwood Variations.’ Maria Marchant will perform Mozart Piano Concert no.12 and flautist Bruce Martin a Vivaldi Concerto to complement the Canalettos. All proceeds from tickets, and from the auction conducted by Rupert Toovey, will be donated to the Friends of Sussex Hospices. £75 / capacity 200


Sunday January 31st 6.30 pm The 2016 Shipley Arts Festival Friends preview - private event and please contact through the contact form in this website of details of this very exclusive musical  reception.


Saturday 10th December to 1st January 2016: Andrew Bernardi in Royal Albert, Barbican and Symphony Halls as part of Raymond Gubbay’s hugely successful annual Christmas Festival


SOLD OUT Friday 11th December:   The Christmas Pudding Concert in aid of Lodge Hill with Collyer's Big Band and String Academy together with words by James Bolam and Susie Jamieson


SOLD OUT Monday 7th December 6 pm:   Clay Institute of Mathematics and Balliol College Oxford University.   World premiere of 'Ada' by James Whitbourn, commissioned by the Earl and Countess of Lytton in celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ada Lovelace.  Performed on the 1696 Stradivarius played by Andrew Bernardi, plus harp and choir conducted by the composer.


Sunday 22nd November 1000-4 pm: String Academy at Windlesham House


Wednesday 11th November 7.30 pm: Performing with the Borealis Orchestra conducted by Ryan Hepburn at Hatfield House in aid of Isobel Hospice, by kind invitation of the Marquis of Blandford and Haileybury.


SOLD OUT Thursday 22nd October 6pm:  H.R.Owen Berkeley Square. Launch of the partnership of TowerGate and Nu Build Capitol with Bach played on the 1696 Stradivarius accompanied by the new Rolls Royce Wraith.


Sunday 18th October 1000-4 pm:  String Academy rehearse Andrew Hall, Shipley


Sunday 27th September 10-4 pm :  String Academy rehearsal Windlesham 


Sunday 20th September at 5 pm Pimms and 5.30 pm Concert Steyning Parish Church


SOLD OUT 'The Steyning Battle of Britain Memorial Concert'

Sponsored by Tooveys

BOX OFFICE: 01403 750220 or

Due to demand, tickets are now on sale for an additional and very prestigious Sussex Concert: 

Direct link to tickets:

J.S. Bach   Orchestral Suite no.2 in B minor BWV 1067 

J..S Bach   Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor BWV 1060

Mozart Mass in C minor K427

Bernardi Music Group; The Choir of Our Most Holy Redeemer Chelsea; Soloists including Sophie Bevan (soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Andrew Bernardi (violin), Graham Salter (oboe), Bruce Matin (Flute) ;  Conducted by David Bevan

Tickets £18.00 on 01403 750220 


Wednesday 16th September at 6 pm: Autumn Fair at Knepp Castle opened by James Bond, the Bond Girls, String Academy and generously sponsored by Harwoods who are supplied 007's latest Aston Martin V8 Vantage.  The event has raised over £22,000 in aid of St Catherine's Hospice.


Sunday 6th September 

String Academy rehearse with 4pm picnic for all


Saturday 5th September 

Bristol Music Club 7 pm Recital and talk with Simon Kodurand


Saturday 29th August 2015:  Temple Protestant de Saint-Martin Re, France at 1830 hrs:   The E major Partita and D minor Sonata for Unaccompanied violin by J.S.Bach performed by Andrew Bernardi


Sunday, 19th July, 6.30 pm St Alfeges, Greenwich SE10 9BJ

The Gifted and Talented String Academy are joined by Fiona McLean-Buechel’s Cornwall-based Camerata String Academy to perform music including J.S.Bach’s Concerto for two violins in D minor, Malcolm Singer’s ‘Shtetlmusik‘ and Warlock’s ‘Capriol Suite‘                      

Retiring collection


SOLD OUT Sunday 12th July 6.30 pm St Andrew's Nuthurst RH13 6LH. A Concert of Concertos, with an internationally assembled group of soloists including Richard Wainwright (horn), Filip Fenrych (violin) Peter Hembrough (Guarneri violin) Andrew Bernardi (Stradivarius violin), Nic Pendlebury (Viola).   Concertos to include Teleman Concerto for four violins and Viola, Mozart Horn Concerto, Bach ‘Double Violin Concerto,’ the Mendelssohn D minor Violin Concerto and a UK premiere by Toldi                                                                                                                                           £18.00


Saturday 11th July 6.00 pm Pallant Gallery, Chichester PO19 1TJ for the ˜Sickert in Dieppe” Exhibition.  An exquisite popular French music programme amongst the Sickert Collection in one of the UK’s premiere contemporary English art galleries. Jonathan Few (Cello), Maria Marchant (piano), and Andrew Bernardi (violin)                                                                 £60.00 Capacity 120


SOLD OUT Friday 3rd July 7.30 pm Lackenhurst RH13 OJL Music for the Hunt hosted by Mr Anthony and Lady Louise Burrell.

Andrew Bernardi (violin) Jonathan Few (Cello) Maria Marchant and Christina Maude (piano) 

Piazzolla - Spring from the Four Seasons ; Gardel - Por Una Cabeza ; Bach - Prelude from Suite No 1 for solo cello ; Rachmaninoff - Vocalise ; Beethoven - Spring Sonata

Interval ; Elgar - Nimrod ; Elgar - Salut d'Amore and Chanson de Matin ;Debussy - Berceuse Héroique ; Henry Wood - Sailor's Hornpipe ; Mendelssohn - Piano Trio Op. 49 in D minor ; Encore: Arne - 'A Hunting We Will Go' (audience participation)                                                             £40.00


Wednesday 1st July for 7.00 pm   Whitgift International String Competition 


Sunday 28th June 5.30 pm St John's Coolhurst, RH13 6LE, hosted by Mark and Tina Scrase-Dickins. A popular programme to include John Ireland's Cello Sonata and Fantasy Trio, and Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor, performed by Maria Marchant (piano), Andrew Bernardi (violin) and Jonathan Few (cello)                                                                                              Programme sponsored by the John Ireland Trust: Ireland - Phantasie ; Ireland - Bagatelle and Berceuse ; Ireland - Cello Sonata Interval ; Lizt - Ballade in B minor ; Mendelssohn - Piano trio Op 49 in D minor                                                                                                                             £18.00 


SOLD OUT Friday 26th June 7.30 pm The Blue Idol, Coolham RH13 8QP and words from the Time of William Penn.   Programme to include Chamber Music by J.S.Bach, Purcell, and Arvo Part.  Bruce Martin (flute) and Festival Strings                                                                                   £20.00


SOLD OUT Sunday 21st June 5.45 pm Picnics 7.00 pm Performance. Tickletag Farm, Hurston Lane, Storrington RH20 4HF.  Opera Holloway return to present Rossini’s hilarious opera, La Scala di Seta with a Royal Academy String Quartet. Picnics before performance, and the Opera is housed in a huge barn for both performance and picnics in case of inclement weather.                      £20.00


Wednesday 24th June 7.30 pm Christ’s Hospital Chapel RH13 0YP. The Schola Cantorum conducted by Andrew Cleary. The Choir has recently recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio and is currently recording a CD for release later this year. The Choir was placed third in the Barnado’s National Choir Competition in 2014, and this programme will be a preview of the Choir’s forthcoming International tour.                                                                                                  £10.00                                                                                            


SOLD OUT Sunday 21st June 5.45 pm Picnics, and 7.00 pm Performance. Tickletag Farm, Hurston Lane, Storrington RH20 4HF.  Opera Holloway return to present Rossini’s hilarious opera, La Scala di Seta with a Royal Academy String Quartet.  Picnics before performance, and the Opera is housed in a huge barn for both performance and picnics in case of inclement weather.                      £20.00                                                                                                                    


SOLD OUT Sunday 14th June 5.00 pm Knepp Castle Wilding Concert at Knepp Castle, RH13 8LJ  generously hosted by Sir Charles and Lady Burrell. Words and music in the dining room, surrounded by the Knepp private art collection, to celebrate  Europe’s premiere wilding project.     


SOLD OUT Sunday 10th May 5.00 pm Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church Park Lane, Warminghurst  RH20 3AW. Concert for a perfect piece of England: Elgar Violin Sonata, Brahms Horn Trio, Elgar short pieces including Salut d'Amour, Chanson de Matin and John Ireland Trio ‘Cavatina’ for violin, piano and horn.                                                                                                                        £18.00                                                                        


SOLD OUT Saturday 9th May 5.00 pm Borde Hill ‘The Festival Friends Concert.’ A Trio Concert which brings together this national treasure of a garden, the Borde Hill Broadwood Piano and our Stradivarius violin. Music to include Debussy Piano Trio; Faure - Elegie in C minor; Saint-Saens - The Swan from Carnival of the Animals; Saint-Saens - Introduction and Rondo Capriccios; Debussy -  Le Cathedrale Engloutie; Ravel - Piano Trio. Andrew Bernardi (violin) Jonathan Few (Cello) and Maria Marchant (piano). 

          Forward parking for Classic and historic automobiles. Free to Festival Friends and Sponsors                                


SOLD OUT Sunday 10th May 5.00 pm Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Church Park Lane, Warminghurst  RH20 3AW. Concert for a perfect piece of England: Elgar Violin Sonata, Brahms Horn Trio, Elgar short pieces including Salut d'Amour, Chanson de Matin and John Ireland Trio ‘Cavatina’ for violin, piano and horn.                                                                                                                        £18.00                                                                        


Sunday May 3rd at 7.30 pm Shipley Church.  World premiere of Paul Lewis' 'On Pevensey Levels, J.C.Bach 'Flute Concerto and Mendelssohn's Octet.   Tickets on 01403 750220 or 


Saturday May 2nd at 7.30 pm St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Wadhurst, TN5 6AA.  World premiere of 'In the Field by Helen Ottoway promoted and performed by the community of Wadhurst with Bernardi String Quartet.   Funded by the Arts Council of England :  Andrew Bernardi plays the lark Ascending before the world premiere of Helen Ottoway’s ‘In the Field.’ :


Sunday 26th April 7.30 pm at Windlesham House School’s Malden Theatre RH20 4AY. The Gifted and Talented String Academy with pupils from the Yehudi Menuhin School perform music to include J.S.Bach Concerto for two violins, Malcolm Singer ‘Shtetlmusik‘ and a Haydn String Quartet.                                (students aged 19 and under free entry at the door of the concert)  £15                                                                                                                              


Friday 3rd April at 1 pm: Steyning Parish Church.    Andrew Bernardi performs a devotional programme for Good Friday to include movements from J.S.Bach's Unaccompanied Sonata's for violin and also Ralph Vaughan Williams 'Lark Ascending,' and performed on the1696 Stradivarius.


Thursday 26th March at 7.30 pm: Royal Festival Hall.  Our 1696 Stradivarius is played by Dan Lulian Drutac accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as part of our Youth Music programme in conjunction with the Whitgift Foundation and Head of Instrumental Studies Mr Philip Winter.   We are delighted to be quests of the Headmaster and Prince Andrew 


Thursday 19th March: Celebrity performance for the Crystal Gala for City Gateway at the City of London's historic Guildhall.  Tickets £295 at 


Friday 27th February: The High Sheriff's Concert in aid of St Catherine's Hospice. Tickets £75.00 at


Friday 6th February: String Academy perform to Headteachers from across South of England


Sunday January 25th for 6.30 pm:   Annual Shipley Arts Festival launch by invitation


December 2014:   Concerts in Royal Albert, Symphony Hall and finishing in Barbican for New Year's Day


SHIPLEY ARTS FESTIVAL 2015                                                Artistic Director: Andrew Bernardi 

Patrons: Mark Burrell DL, Gavin Henderson CBE; Rt Hon Francis Maude, The Earl and Countess of Lytton, Sir Charles and Lady Burrell, Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper; John and Clare Davison; Mark and Tina Scrase-Dickins, Anon.

Sponsors: Toovey’s and Spofforths, together with our partners and the Festival Friends.

Life Friend: Mr John Snelling

Box office: Tel: 01403 750220 or

2015 Partners: e PD West Sussex Enrichment; Knepp Castle Estate; Christ’s Hospital; West Sussex County Times;; The Yehudi Menuhin School; Pallant House Gallery; Windlesham House School; Horsham District Council; West Sussex County Council; The John Ireland Trust; Sussex Arts Academy; Tara Signs; The Capitol, Horsham ; Steinway Pianos 

“The Steinway concert piano chosen and hired by the Shipley Arts Festival is supplied and maintained by Steinway & Sons, London.”

The Festival Team:  Artistic Director Andrew Bernardi - Artistic Director; Nick Bomford - on day Management; Ted Riley - Intern; Our Festival Board of twelve; Our profesional musicians and many volunteers, and sincere thanks to our generous venues all which are provided free of charge.


Past Commissions by Shipley Arts Festival:    

Cecilia McDowall ‘Great Hills’ (Published by Oxford University Press 2007, commissioned by Eve Barrett) 

Cecilia McDowall ‘Descending Blue’ (Published by Gemini Press 2008, commissioned by Colin and Lucy West)

Jon Lord ‘To Notice Such Things’ (Published by Avie Records, commissioned by SAF2007 achieved no.4 in Classic FM charts)

James Whitbourn ‘The Voices Stilled’ (Published by Chester Music / Music Sales, commissioned by John Snelling 2013)

Plus over thirty new works have been given prominance through the Festival since 2000




Chichester Cathedral: 'Noyes Fludde' in Britten's Centenery Year, performed by Gifted and Talented String Academy, UCMA, William Penn School, Laburnum Grove School, Chichester University Professors and musicians and conducted by Andrew Bernardi
Chichester Cathedral: 'Noyes Fludde' in Britten's Centenery Year, performed by Gifted and Talented String Academy, UCMA, William Penn School, Laburnum Grove School, Chichester University Professors and musicians and conducted by Andrew Bernardi