Calling Young Creatives

Petersfield Musical Festival is hosting its eighth competition for young composers, giving an ideal opportunity for imaginative musicians to share their creations with new audiences and receive expert feedback from a panel of judges. The the Performance and Adjudication Day relating to the Festival of Young Composers, which is run in association with the Michael … Read more

Calling all singers – join a choral workshop in Petersfield

Petersfield Musical Festival is hosting its 2023 choral workshop on Saturday 23rd September directed by renowned choral conductor Jeremy Backhouse. The event, which will take place from 10.30-4.30 in the Methodist Church in Petersfield, is open to singers of all abilities and voice types and will feature songs by the popular contemporary British composer Bob … Read more

Romantic masterpieces uplift and inspire

Cordelia Williams, a rising star in the world of classical piano and Hampshire resident, thrilled the audience in her sold-out concert with the Petersfield Orchestra on Thursday 23rd March.  She played the famous Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor flawlessly, displaying total command of the instrument both technically and expressively, and richly deserved the warm … Read more

Go on, dance for joy on Mother’s Day

There’s a chance to have some shared fun on Mother’s Day this year at Petersfield Musical Festival’s Family concert. The theme is dance through the ages and features an exploration of the musical form from Tudor Pavanes to the modern tango. What better way to celebrate Mum’s special day on March 19th? SouthDowns Camerata, under … Read more

Come on a choral journey through Europe

Petersfield Musical Festival’s two signature choral concerts promise to pull at the heart-strings and evoke a gamut of musical emotions from Baroque pathos to rousing Edwardian celebration of the British seas, ending with a dramatic Italian sacred Mass and an orchestral trip to Grieg’s Norway. They are scheduled on 18th and 25th March. This year’s … Read more

First woman appointed to chair PMF

PMF has appointed the first female chair in its 120-year history – local resident and musician Pam Buckley. In this interview Pam talks about her new role, outlines her vision for the future and explains why she cares so much about the central importance of meeting PMF’s charitable goals: to create music in an accessible … Read more

2023 Festival aims to reach a broad community

This year’s Petersfield Musical Festival aims to reach out to all ages and tastes with its programme of diverse events, including two large-scale choral concerts, small-scale chamber ensembles, music theatre, youth and family concerts. The programme will be rolled out in Petersfield’s Festival Hall and St. Peter’s Church from 17th to 25th March. Book-ending the … Read more

Ann Pinhey awarded BEM in New Year Honours

Ann Pinhey, who has been a major force in the Petersfield music scene for decades, including the Festival, was awarded a BEM in the 2023 New Year Honours List for services to music, choirs, and charities. Ann took over the Harting Choral Society in the late 1970’s before going on to be at the helm … Read more

Petersfield Festival soloists spread their wings

Sarah Hard follows the progress of some of the stars of the 2022 Petersfield Musical Festival. Three vocal soloists who recently starred in Petersfield Musical Festival’s choral concert have climbed the professional ladder this summer with appearances at the prestigious Glyndebourne and Garsington Opera Festivals. Michael Ronan, Amy Holyland and Ella de Jongh were all … Read more

Closing festival 2022 concert celebrates the power of music

The Festival ended on a high note on Saturday 26th March with another concert celebrating the power of music. The concert featured two major choral works: Felix Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and In Praise of Singing by Jonathan Willcocks, the Festival’s President. The Festival Chorus comprised Petersfield and Rogate Choral Societies, as well as independent … Read more