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:
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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 9th June, 7:30pm

Boris Bizjak -flute, Marcelle Zahra – piano

Gaetano Donizetti – Sonata in C minor
Clara Schumann – 3 Romances Op.22
Antonín Dvořák – Sonatina Op.100
Cécile Chaminade – Concertino for Flute, Op.107
Béla Bartók – 6 Romanian Dances
Giulio Briccialdi – Il Carnevale di Venezia Op.78

Boris Bizjak has established himself as one of the most versatile flautists. Next to repertoire for modern flute, his passion for improvisation and baroque has led him to master the art on a period instrument.

Boris has appeared as a soloist with orchestras in UK, Japan, Serbia and Slovenia. Most recently with the Chamber Orchestra of Slovenian Philharmonic under Dmitry Sitkovetsky, City of London Chamber Orchestra under Michael Gammie, London Euphonia Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of the National Theatre Maribor under Milivoj Šurbek, Solisti Divini and the London Brandenburg Soloists.

Pianist Marcelle Zahra has been described as “naturally musical with a probing intelligence”. Marcelle has been heard in concert venues throughout the United Kingdom as well as USA, Italy and Malta. Past performances include a BBC broadcast of newly discovered folk song arrangements by Beethoven (Edinburgh) and solo performances at the Queens Hall (Edinburgh), Teatro Luigi Mercantini (Italy), Central Washington University Recital Hall (Seattle), Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Blackheath Halls (London) Haydn Festival Trinity Laban (London) and Malta Arts Festival (Valletta).

Marcelle has graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London in 2009 with a Master of Music Degree. At Trinity, Marcelle studied with Philip Fowke and Alexander Ardakov. Previously she completed her BMus(Hons) Degree at Edinburgh Napier University and graduated with First Class Honors.


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

We enjoyed a wide range of sensitive and thoughtful musicians, bringing insight to a wide range of music, from Bach, through Liszt, Schubert, Janacek, Debussy, Franck, Rachmaninov and Sibelius to Martin, Rojas, Tarrega, Brouwer and Albeniz. The programmes are archived here. 

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.

The piano is also a subtle partner for other instruments. May 2016 moved the focus 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. Who says what is ‘serious’ music and what is not!

Veronika Shoot, a much loved regular here, brought her customary intensity, warmth and verve, 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 gently 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, two big personalities, concert pianists Veronika Shoot and Sasha Grynyuk in a programme of well loved pieces, 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.

Veronika also opened the recitals of 2018, this time as soloist, inspired by her own childhood and influenced by her new CD album which includes Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Schumann’s Kinderszenen and works of Takemitsu, Korngold and of her father.

Our programme for 2018 continued in equally broad range of music and styles as in previous years.

The programme 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, friend and master, famous composer for the guitar, Eduardo Martín, an exceptional combination, perfect for our intimate soundstage. This was 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.

Two recitals by An-Ting Chan and Stephen Gutman espoused complete themes for their programmes, respectively, themes of fantasy (Orlando Gibbons a personal highlight) and ‘revisionings’ for fresh perspectives – Stephen introduced: ‘Mozart transcribes his own violin Sonata. Tchaikovsky refashions a theme in six very different ways. Liszt reworks Berlioz. Debussy ‘revisions’ gamelan, the music of Andalucia and nursery rhymes in his glowing Estampes’.

As usual the year ended with a programme from Masayuki Tayama that moved from Beethoven’s Appassionata and Rachmaninov Transcriptions to pieces chosen to lighten the spirit before Christmas.

Our programme for the first half of 2019 as follows:

Veronika Shoot opened the year again with a wide ranging programme, Arvo Pärt, Satie, Ryuichi Sakamoto, works by her composer father, Vladislav Shoot (who was present) and of her own, all to her usual enthusiastic welcome and thanks from the audience.

Looking ahead, we welcome:

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 19th May, 7:30pm

Rebeca Omordia – Piano

Chopin – Polonaise-Fantaisie op. 61 Chopin – Scherzo op. 54 no. 4 Liszt – Etude ” La leggereza ” Schumann – Carnaval op.9  “I’ve been working with …


Sunday 7th April, 7:30pm

Ivan Hovorun – piano

Bach – Chaconne in D minor from Partita No. 2 for violin Mozart – Andantino from the Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major Liszt – Etude …


Sunday 3rd March, 7:30pm

Milena Simovic – viola, Olga Sitkovetsky – piano

Britten – Lachrymae Brahms – Sonata no 1 Shostakovich – Gadfly Bridge – Pensiero and Allegro Appassionato Equally at home as a violinist and violist, Serbian Milena …