Saturday 16th June 2018 7:30pm

Location: St Andrew’s Parish Church, Sedbergh


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.

Her classical concerto interpretations have led to appearances in many countries, including prestigious engagements with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra and a series of concerts at San Francisco’s Midsummer Mozart Festival. UK orchestral collaborations include concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Concert Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She has been the featured soloist at major British venues including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, and the Barbican Centre.

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.

She gave the world premiere (at the Chester Festival) of Britten’s Three Character Pieces, which feature on one of her warmly-reviewed releases for Semaphore. Her discography to date also includes music by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy, Bartók and Rawsthorne. Excerpts from her Debussy and Chopin disc were featured on Classic FM on forty occasions during 2015. Her latest release, a Gramophone Critics’ Choice for 2016 and one of Europadisc’s Top Ten CDs for 2016, is her first recording on the AVIE label – a world premiere recording of Hans Gál’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Kenneth Woods, coupled with Mozart’s E flat Piano Concerto, K482.

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

Monday 4th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Kentdale Wind Quintet

Malcolm Arnold shanties, Thomas Arne, Paul Patterson, Norman Hallam’s ‘Charleston’ and more

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 8:00pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Red Priest

Red Priest, founded in 1997 and named after the flame-haired priest, Antonio Vivaldi, is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil.

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Wednesday 6th June 2018 7:30pm

Sedbergh Music Festival – Castalia String Quartet

The Castalia Quartet was formed in 2004 when Botton Eurythmy Ensemble asked Sonia Hammond to find musicians for several performances of Mendelssohn’s Octet in London, Eire and Botton Village. From this octet came the Castalia Quartet; Julian Cann, first violin and Sonia Hammond, cello are the founding members from 2004. Since then they have been joined by Jennie Jones, second violin in 2007 and Robert Dick, viola in 2013.

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