Music at The Dysart

Our antique rosewood Bechstein grand piano is the cornerstone of our music programme.

Some of the finest classical and jazz musicians, both those making their names internationally now, and some famous established musicians, have graced our salon scale stage, both for our monthly Sunday evening classical recitals, and in providing a subtle backdrop to dining.

The music programme is in the hands of trained classical musician and performer, Manager, Barny Taylor.

To book a seat at our recitals, or to seek more information please:
Email Barny Taylor on
or call on 07967 481625

We bought our Bechstein at Bonham’s in 2006, at auction – an 1897 antique in wonderful condition and with great character. Our performers and audience alike love her tone, soft touch, idiosyncrasies and good looks. Some of those idiosyncrasies of age have been softened in a comprehensive internal restoration in 2017 by piano restorer, Dan Juniper, but the lady has lost none of her individuality and singing tone.

Arriving from Germany to perform as part of the London Jazz Festival, Israeli jazz pianist Omer Klein responded spontaneously, warmly and enthusiastically to the character of the piano, the close relationship with the audience and to the space, shaping his playing accordingly and changing his programme to bring out the best of the piano’s character.

It responds, in sensitive hands, to all types of music, from early music, to romantic, to modern masters, from Bach, through Debussy and Prokofiev to Arvo Pärt – and delivers many colours, pure to rich and dark, but always musical.

It happily and subtly supports the wide range of guest instruments we welcome here, lute, classical guitar, cello, clarinet, oboe, harp, saxophone, viola, the human voice and even classical harmonica.

Our classical recitals take place on the first Sunday of each month.

A “stage” is created with seating arranged around the piano for an intimate and personal atmosphere that is hard to find elsewhere. Some seats have a wonderfully close view of the keyboard, others look directly through the piano at the performer. Invariably, if performers play here once, they want to come back, partly because of the respect and gratitude they receive from our regular and appreciative audience, partly because they appreciate the freedom and boldness of repertoire, partly because they recognise that here at The Dysart Petersham we have a rare quality – the solo and chamber music they play was often written for a salon scale just like ours – a comfortable and intimate place with a great acoustic, where it is easy to relax and listen, to enjoy the intensity of the relationship with the performer, or, for the performer, simply to enjoy playing for people they can actually see around them, encouraged to give of their heart and soul by the warmth from the audience.

We aim, across each series, to present a varied range of performers, ensembles and repertoire, last year introducing lieder and drawing on young musicians who are already performing as soloists and in chamber groups at international venues such as the Wigmore and Carnegie Halls.

Notable past and regular performers include Sir William Bennett, John Lenehan, Malcolm Messiter, Ivana Gavric, Sasha Grynyuk, Evelina Puzaite, Masayuki Tayama.

To add to the salon experience, wine is served in the interval and candlelight supper is available afterwards; our performers enjoy mingling with the diners.

Sunday 13th January, 7:30pm

Veronika Shoot – piano

Film, Jazz, Romance and More…!

Arvo Pärt – Für Alina
Satie – Gymnopedie
Ryuichi Sakamoto – The Last Emperor,
Merry Christmas Mr Laurence
Keith Jarrett and Oscar Peterson – jazz works
Vladislav Shoot – Toccata
Veronika Shoot – Tango

Russian born Veronika Shoot, acclaimed at just 6 years old by Yehudi Menuhin as ‘destined to become a great pianist’, moved to England aged 5, and gave her debut piano recital aged 7. She has dazzled audiences worldwide, as “one of the most charismatic and versatile” performers of her time, playing a wide range of solo and chamber repertoire.

Veronika has given recitals in countless prestigious venues throughout the UK and abroad, such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall, The Purcell Room, Steinway Hall, Holland’s Amsterdam Conservatoire and the International Mozart Festival in Istanbul.

Her exceptional talent has been recognised widely by distinguished musicians who have followed her development, including Lord Yehudi Menuhin and John Lill.


Tickets £17 including a glass of wine and a £1 donation to Africat
Or £43.50 including a two course meal after the concert and a glass of wine and a £1 donation to Africat


Please get in touch with Manager, Barny Taylor by email to:
or call 07967 481 625

2016/17 has seen a wide range of intense and thoughtful musicians, with music ranging from Bach, through Liszt, Schubert, Janacek, Debussy, Franck, Rachmaninov and Sibelius to Martin, Rojas, Tarrega, Brouwer and Albeniz.

Joseph Tong gave us a thoughtful evening of music composed around the age of our grand piano, with atmospheric pieces by Debussy conjuring ideas of the time of China with gamelan like notes, the palaces and gardens of Granada and gardens in the rain, and Sibelius’ pieces known as the Trees, informed by his performance of Sibelius’ piano pieces and piano transcriptions in Sibelius’ own home and on Sibelius’ own piano. His first Sibelius recording is available on CD now.

May 2016 moved the focus from the piano to clarinet, reeds and piano in sensitive and equal partnership and from established classical repertoire to pieces that have become new classics, also open to rich and diverse interpretation through the insightful musicianship of Alan Barnes, clarinet/saxophone and David Newton, piano – a duo of one of the leading clarinetists and saxophonists in the world and a pianist voted ‘Best Jazz Pianist’ in the British Jazz Awards for the thirteenth time in 2014. They performed the music of Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern from The Wizard of Oz and Showboat in a recital that was variously joyous, humorous and revelatory.

Veronika Shoot returned, bringing her customary intensity and verve and then showing her Russian soul in Rachmaninov’s second Sonata; like Vladimir Horowitz, Veronika drew on both the early composition and Rachmaninov’s much later revision to play the sonata in a form close to Horowitz’s.

Bach, Elgar and Debussy were performed, transcribed for classical harmonica, by Philip Achille, classically trained from a young age by one of the great masters of harmonica, and sensitively accompanied by concert pianist, Nathan Tinker. Ramon Ricker’s Jazz Sonata, then brought together modern classical and jazz.

Our December 2017 recital, four hands, brought together two firm favourites of our audience, concert pianists Veronika Shoot and Sasha Grynyuk in a programme of well loved favourites, Schubert’s Fantasie, Barber and Mozart to round off the year with the intense and subtle musicality to be expected of them, joyously delivered and with an irrepressible sense of fun. It will be interesting to see two such big personalities sharing the one piano – and any ‘encores’!

For 2018, the first recital of the year will took place on Sunday, 7 January with Veronika Shoot, this time solo at the piano, opening the year with a programme influenced by her new CD album to be issued shortly which includes Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and works of Takemitsu, Korngold and of her father. Veronika says “it is all inspired by childhood and very special – I can vouch for an exciting and beautiful programme”.

Our programme for 2018 included Rebeca Omordia – piano, Alicja Smietana – violin, Olga Paliy – piano and regular performer here on Cuban guitar, Ahmed Dickinson who played here this time as one of two guitars with one of his great inspirations, famous composer for the guitar, Eduardo Martín, an exceptional combination, perfect for our soundstage and rich in meaning for Barny and Julia who were married in St Peter’s Church to guitar music from Martin’s Canciones de Calendario, played by Osamu Yano.

Our programme for the first half of 2019 as follows:

Sunday 13th January: Veronika Shoot – piano
Sunday 10th February: Reinis Zarins – piano
Sunday 3rd March: Milena Simovic – viola, Olga Sitkovetsky – piano
Sunday 7th April: Ivan Hovorun – piano
Sunday 19th May: Rebeca Omordia – piano
Sunday 9th June: Boris Bizjak – flute, Marcelle Zahra – piano
Sunday 7th July: Ida Pelliccioli – Debussy and his Influences

We would like to thank our audiences for their warm support, enthusiasm, loyalty and friendship, We look forward to welcoming you to our recitals in 2019.


Please get in touch with Manager, Barny Taylor by email to:
or call 07967 481 625

Past concerts at The Dysart Petersham

Sunday 2nd December, 7:30pm

Masayuki Tayama – Piano

Handel – Suite in D minor, HWV428 Beethoven – Sonata in F minor, Op.57 ‘Appassionata’ Rachmaninov – Transcriptions Mendelssohn – Scherzo from ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Kreisler – …


Sunday 4th November, 7:30pm

An-Ting Chang – piano

PROGRAMME Fantasia Chopin: Fantasie Op. 49 CPE Bach: Fantasie in F major An-Ting Chang: Fantasia Orlando Gibbons: Fantasie in A minor Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasia (piano …


Sunday, 7th October, 7:30pm

Michelle Candotti – piano

We welcome young Italian concert pianist, Michelle Candotti, who has enjoyed rave reviews internationally.  Programme Beethoven: Sonata op. 53, Waldstein Chopin: Nocturne op.48 n.1, Scherzo n.2 op.31 …