Friday 7th July



1.00pm St Clements Church, Sandwich

Founded at the Royal College of Music in November 2015, Improviso are a chamber ensemble, featuring recorder, viola da gamba/cello and theorbo.  The concert is based on works played by the Earl of Sandwich, a keen amateur musician, who was the principal founder of the Concert of Ancient Music in 1776, a new concert series devoted to ‘ancient’ music of the past.  Their name refers both to their interest in historical improvisation practices as well as to their love of performing unusual or unexpected repertories.


Ticket Price: Full 8.00  Students £4.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on

01304 370220 or online

Alternatively please click here to download a printable postal booking form.

Support from The Cavatina Trust



Sonata in D major RV84 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Sonata in G minor No 1 for violin & continuo Francesco Veracini (1690-1768)

Trio sonata for recorder, cello and continuo Jean Barriere (1707–1747)

The Division Flute (1706) A Ground

Song: If Musick be the food of love Henry Purcell (1659--‐1695)

Trio Sonata in C minor HWV386a G. F. Handel


Fatima Lahham

Fatima is a freelance recorder player based in Oxford. In July 2016 she graduated with a distinction in her Masters degree from the Royal College of Music in London, where she studied as a scholar with Professor Ashley Solomon, María Martínez Ayerza, and Julien Feltrin. Since graduating she has performed as a soloist and chamber musician at a number of venues in the UK and abroad, including the Wigmore Hall (Chamber tots series), the Styriarte Festival in Graz, Austria, and the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival and Exhibition. Prior at studying the RCM, Fatima read Music at Magdalen College, Oxford University, during which time she won the Bate Collection Recording Prize and is now featured on their the newly-launched resOUnding app. Alongside performing, Fatima teaches privately and at several schools, delivers workshops, and in 2017 started teaching a course in the Historical Performance department of the Royal College of Music, London.

Florence Petit

The Franco-British cellist, Florence Petit, graduated from the Royal College of Music, London, with First Class Honours and Distinction for her Bachelors and Masters Degrees respectively.

Florence studied modern cello with Alexander Chaushian and Alexander Boyarsky and throughout her studies developed a strong interest in the baroque cello, studying with Richard Tunnicliffe. She has participated in numerous master classes and has received coaching from Jonathan Manson, Ashley Solomon and Adrian Butterfield, amongst others. Florence has played at the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Handel Festival, Hatchlands Park, Buckingham Palace, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Queen’s Gallery. She has recorded for the Royal Collection Trust’s exhibition Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer and has worked with Florilegium, the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists and the English Concert.

Johan Löfving

Since being prize-winner in the prestigious London International Guitar Competition, Swedish Johan Löfving has established himself as one of the most exciting musicians of a new generation. His performances have taken him to some of the world's finest concert halls such as Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, The Sage Gateshead, Wiener Saal Salzburg and Konzertsaal der Wiener Sängerknaben in Vienna.

Elin White

Elin White grew up in Gloucestershire, studying with Michael Bochmann before going to the Royal College of Music in 2010 where she studied with Dona Lee Croft, Kathron Sturrock, Lucy Russell and Berent Korfker, whilst also fortunate to work with Ashley Solomon, Christopher Hogwood, Vittorio Ghielmi and Sir Roger Norrington. As a soloist and chamber musician Elin performs around the country and has appeared in the London Handel Festival, the London Festival of Baroque Music, and several concerts in Italy. In 2013 she was selected to perform in the international ‘Misiones de Chiquitos’ festival in Bolivia, was subsequently invited to play with the critically acclaimed choir Arakaendar Bolivia on their tour of the USA and returned to Bolivia last spring for the 2016 festival. Elin plays regularly with the Academy of Ancient Music, La Serenissima and Florilegium, including in the Three Choirs Festival, Beverley Early Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival, the BBC Proms, the Royal Festival Hall, Kings Place, and the Wigmore Hall. She also appeared in the West End production of ‘Farinelli & the King’.




6.15pm Deal Town Hall

Richard Hallam MBE has been a professional musician, teacher, curriculum advisor, inspector, head of music service, conductor, researcher and government adviser for music education in England. He has been Chair of NAME,  President of the ISM, and chair of the ISME’s Sistema Special Interest Group. Richard chaired the Music Manifesto steering committee in his capacity as Government adviser from 2003 to 2011 becoming the National Music Participation Director in 2008 and acting as the Department for Education’s consultant for the National Plan for Music Education to 2012. In November 2012 he received the Music Teacher of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award. He is currently Chair of the Music Education Council (UK) and a trustee of several music education related charities.


Retiring Collection in aid of Deal Festival Education Programme



7.30pm St George’s Church, Deal

In a special and rare performance outside London, the UK’s premiere jazz organisation brings its star-studded big band led by the inimitable Pete Long to recreate two iconic jazz albums: The Atomic Mr Basie and Ellington at Newport. Both albums set the jazz world alight, and tonight’s performances recreate theses albums in both style and authenticity, including Paul Gonsalves’ hedonistic saxophone solo.

A must for all jazz lovers and people who just love life!


Ticket Prices: Full £24.00  Festival Friends £22.00  Students £12.00

Tickets available from The Astor Community Theatre, Deal on 01304 370220 or online

Alternatively please click here to download a printable postal booking form.

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