Saturday 16th June 2018 7:30pm

Location: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sedbergh


Admission: Adult: £10.00, 18 or under: Free

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Photo Ⓒ Clive Barda/ArenaPAL

  • Debussy Suite Bergamasque
  • Debussy Reflets dans l’eau (Images bk 1)
  • Debussy Ce qu’a vu le vent d’ouest (Preludes book 1)
  • Chopin Berceuse, op 57
  • Chopin Ballade no 1 in G minor, op 23


  • Chopin F minor Fantasy, op 49
  • Debussy Two arabesques
  • Debussy La cathédrale engloutie (Preludes book 1)
  • Debussy Pour le piano

Newcastle born pianist Sarah Beth Briggs –‘an artist of extraordinary magnetism’ (Michael Kennedy, Daily Telegraph) is a leading recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. A long-standing pupil of the late Denis Matthews, she gained a Hindemith Scholarship to study chamber music in Switzerland with celebrated violist, Bruno Giuranna, and remained in Lausanne for further studies with renowned Arrau pupil, Chilean pianist Edith Fischer.

Sarah’s professional career was launched at the age of eleven when she became the then youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year. Four years later she gained international recognition as joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.

Sarah is a popular artist at societies and festivals throughout the UK, celebrated for her performances, acclaimed by promoters and critics, and for her engaging and informative introductions to recital programmes. Her musical interpretations have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, while recital work has taken her to Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and the USA.

Sarah enjoys balancing a successful solo career with numerous chamber music engagements and has worked with many acclaimed soloists. In addition to her long-standing duo partnership with clarinettist Janet Hilton, in 2007 she and Janet were joined by Robin Ireland (violist of the Lindsay Quartet for twenty years) to form the Anton Stadler Trio. Other collaborations include a clarinet, bassoon and piano trio (Clarion3) again with Janet and with Laurence Perkins, bassoon and Trio Melzi (with former Manchester Camerata leader, Richard Howarth and ‘cellist, Hannah Roberts.) Her most recent venture is a piano duet partnership with James Lisney. As a chamber musician, Sarah has featured on BBC2 and Radio 3.

Sarah taught keyboard for many years at the University of York. She gives regular masterclasses and chamber music tuition in the UK and has also taught in Switzerland and the USA. Away from the concert platform, she loves the theatre, good food and wine and walking in the countryside with her cocker spaniel.

Some other events in June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival: Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

A dramatic start to the Festival as Mary Hamilton conducts Benjamin Britten’s jolly setting of Psalm 150, followed by soloists and the town’s own singers in Vivaldi’s exhilarating ‘Gloria’.

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Monday 4th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Sedbergh School Musicians Entertain

The 2018 Festival is showcasing young musicians throughout and young musicians from Sedbergh School start us off in style celebrating our first Lunch hour recital.

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Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

One of Cumbria’s most exuberant ensembles present Malcolm Arnold shanties,  Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ plus works by Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, and more.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 1:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Recital: Julian Cann (violin) and David Battersby (piano)

Julian has prepared for us a fine programme of Schubert, Bach and some of his favourite English music.

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

An evening of fabulous musicianship and fun from this world renowned  baroque supergroup who hit the baroque scene a decade or so ago and have received rave reviews everywhere.

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Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The central work of the programme is one of the core pieces of chamber music repetoire – Schubert’s Quartet No, 14 in D minor, ‘Death and the Maiden’.

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