Shipley Arts Festival   

‘One of the UK’s most highly respected UK Classical Music Festivals’  West Sussex County Times 

Patrons: Mark Burrell DL, Gavin Henderson CBE, The Lord Maude of Horsham and Shipley, The Earl and Countess of Lytton, Sir Charles and Lady Burrell, Lord Lieutenant Mrs Susan Pyper, Mr and Mrs Mark Scrase Dickins DL, Mr John and Mrs Clare Davison

Sponsors:  Toovey’s and Kreston Reeves          

We were delighted our High Sheriff Mark Spofforth OBE, MP Jeremy Quin, Festival Friends, Sponsors Toovey's, Kreston Reeves and NFU Mutual plus String Academy and several prominent composers and Festival Musicians were able to support the 2017 launch.                                                                                             Tickets are now available at The Capitol or on 01403 750220 between 10am and 7pm.

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Shipley Arts Festival 2017 - Download the 2017 Brochure here
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Preview Events:


Sunday, January 29 2017, 6.30pm

Sedgwick Park House, Sedgwick Park, Horsham RH13 6QQ

The Festival Preview presented by Andrew Bernardi (violin), String Academy, Victoria Greenwood 

(viola) Maria Marchant (piano),  Christina Maude (piano), Bruce Martin (flute) , Michael Jennings (composer) , and Edward Eustace (sculptor), Matt and Alimento (catering) and kindly hosted by Mr John and Mrs Clare Davison.


Friday, March 3 2017, 7pm 

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, March 19, 2017, 7pm

Windlesham House School, Washington RH20 4AY

180th Anniversary of Windlesham House School. String Academy perform Vivaldi's "Gloria".  Free entry with reserved seating for Festival Friends and parents of String Academy


Box office opens to Festival Friends on Friday 3rd February 01403 750220 or

Friday, March 24, 2017 8pm

Charterhouse, Charterhouse Rd, Godalming GU7 2DX

String Academy perform with past and present members and Charterhouse String Orchestra,  Music to include Glazinov's "Concerto for Saxophone and Strings" and Holst's "St Paul’s Suite"           £12 / 120


Sunday, March 26, 2017 6.30pm

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

Festival Friends opening Concert with The Stradivarius Piano Trio.  Programme to include Beethoven's "Opus No.1 Piano Trio" and Mendelssohn's "Piano Trio in D Minor".                                                                             One complimentary ticket for each Festival Friend                                                                     £18 / 120


Sunday, April 30, 2017 6.30pm preceded by A peel of bells for the Arts and Music

St Mary's Church, Shipley RH13 8PH

Virtuoso Strings. A virtuoso programme of String Music to include Mendelsohn's "String Octet", Vivaldi's "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 / 130


Monday, May 1, 2017 7pm

The Selsey Arms, Coolham, RH13 8QJ

Jazz at The Selsey Arms: Jazz and Fine Food – Jake Freyer Collective 


Friday, June 2, 2017 7.30pm

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 20th 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)                                                                                                                            £23 / 60


Sunday, June 4, 2017 6pm

Warnham Park, Horsham RH12 3RS

Music by Festival Friend and composer Stephanie Cant, Robert Schumann's "Piano Quintet", Rebecca Clarke "Piano Trio".                                                                                                                         £35 / 60                                                                 


Friday, June 9, 2017 7.30pm

Lackenhurst, Lackenhurst Lane, RH13 0JL

Music from the Movies: John Williams "Schindler's 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 Elfman "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 / 60 including refreshment

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


Sunday, June 25, 2017 5.30pm

St Andrew Parish Church, Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst RH13 6LH String Academy and the Yehudi Menuhin School conducted by Malcolm Singer perform music including Elgar’s "Introduction and Allegro", Tsintsadze "Six Miniatures" based on Georgian folk themes, Vivaldi's "Violin Concerto in A minor", Dvorak's "Serenade for String",  Bartok's "Six Romanian Folk Dances" and Monti’s "Czardas".

                                                                                                                                                      £18 / 140


Sunday, July 2, 2017 5.30pm reception 6pm performance

Collyer's 6th Form College, Duckering Hall, 82 Hurst Rd, Horsham RH12 2EJ

StopGapDance and String Academy perform an original piece of choreographed music in association with Sussex Arts Academy.                                                                                                           £12 / 150  


Friday, July 14, 2017 7.30pm

Durrance Manor, Smithers Hill Lane, Shipley RH13 8PE

Filip Fenrych (principal 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 / 45 including refreshment 


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 Bartolomeo Bernardi’s "Sonata for Violin", Handel’s "Water Music", Handel's "Concerto for Oboe" and music by Benda. Performed by Graham Salter (oboe) and Bernardi Music Group.                                                                                                                                              £23 / 60


Sunday, July 9, 6.30pm

St Andrew Parish Church, Nuthurst Street, Nuthurst RH13 6LH 

To include Concertos by Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Malcolm Singer’s "The Margrave's Dream" and J.S.Bach’s "Erbarme Dich" from The St Matthew Passion. Soloists to include Bruce Martin (flute); Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet); Graham Salter (oboe) and Andrew Bernardi (violin) 

                                                                                                                                                       £18 / 140

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 Classic Cuvee 2010 on arrival and their Rosé NV during the interval. A perfect setting to listen to this virtuoso ensemble and hear the renowned 1696 Stradivarius violin.                                                                                 £43 / 120


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

Performing with the pupils and tutors of Sistema Scotland at Raploch


Sunday, September 10, 2017 5.00 pm

Sullington Tithe Barn, Storrington, RH20 4A

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


Friday, September 15, 2017 7.30pm 

St Mary the Virgin, off A27, Burpham, BN18 9RR

Concert of Bernardi Music Group and String Academy to include popular music and "Waltz to the Stars" by Julian Marczak                                                                                                               Ticket price tbc



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Shipley Arts Festival Box Office:   01403 750220 / 


Nearly every Concert in the 2016 Festival sold out in advance - here is the programme that proved so successful:


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


NEARLY SOLD OUT 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 Friday 20th May for 7.30 pm Bernardi Music Group and members of the Quaker Community with Lucy West

Blue Idol, ' Words music and played on the Instruments from the Time of William Penn

Purcell Chaconny in G minor

Purcell Dido Lament 'When I am laid in earth' Oboe

Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin Soloists Graham Salter and Andrew Bernardi

Bach Cantata no.12 in G minor /

J.S.Bach Concerto in A minor for Violin soloist Magdelena Flipjack

J.S.Bach Concerto for two violins soloists Andy Laing and Andrew Bernardi


SOLD OUT Sunday 22nd's Floral Concert at Itchingfield Parish Church for 7 pm to include Vaughan William's 'Lark Ascending,' Ned Bigham 'The Rowan Tree' for String Orchestra and don't forget to wear your flower, and please note this Concert is nearly sold out


There are some tickets remaining for the Opera Holloway performance:


TICKETS ON DOOR 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 



Fizzing with humour and sparkling music, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale is generally considered the finest example of Italian comic opera. The opera sees an old man get what he deserves as he is setup, and outwitted by a pair of young lovers. With the help of Dr Malatesta, who helps coordinate the elaborate con, the young lovers turn their bleak prospects into a comic revenge that features Italian lyricism and energy at its best. Opera Holloway are delighted to have Baritone Alex Otterburn and Soprano Callie Swarbrick in the cast, both of whom have starred in Donizetti productions with Opera Holloway previously. 


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 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


NEARLY 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


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 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 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 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)


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

A Concert of Friends                                                                                         £35 / 40


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


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

Thank you to Toovey's who so generously sponsored our additional sell out Concert for the 2015 Festival  Season:


SOLD OUT               


The Steyning Battle of Britain Memorial Concert 

sponsored by Tooveys

JS Bach Concerto for Violin and Oboe in D minor

JS Bach Suite in B minor for Flute and Strings

Mozart Mass in C Minor


Soloists to include Mary and Sophie Bevan (Sopranos), Andrew Bernardi (violin), Graham Salter (oboe), Bruce Martin (flute), The Choir of Our Most Holy Redeemer, Bernardi Music Group and conducted by David Bevan.    Maria and Sophie Bevan are amongst the most in demand soprano's in the World and regular performers at Royal Opera House and ENO 

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