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Virtual Events 2020

Welcome to some virtual events to help us celebrate the PAW Festival as it might have been in 2020, and hopefully will be in the future.

We put together a number of musical sequences to showcase some of the performers, who were looking forward to being with us at PAW 2020. They found all their concerts had been cancelled and were so grateful that, thanks to our support and the wonderful generosity of our Festival Friends, they received at least some funding to help them. We all hope they will be able to join us for PAW 2021.

Fieri Consort:

Saturday 6th June 2020 – PAW Virtual Event Seven

In our final event we celebrate the Fieri Consort managed by previous Swanage soprano Hannah Ely. Hannah describes their project with the Chelys Consort of Viols on the music of Michael East which we hope to feature in 2021.

The Fieri Consort then sing some madrigals and works from their 2017 debut album “Tears of a Lover” with John Rutter.

If you would like to hear more of the Fieri Consort, do enjoy a feature on Marenzio HERE.

And if you would like to hear Fieri contralto Helen Charlston win the London Handel Festival singing competition with a Handel aria, see HERE.

This sequence was compiled with the help of Hannah Ely (, Richard Brown (PAW) and Mike White (

Thank You

Thank you so much for joining us for our virtual events. We hope you have enjoyed the sequences and will revisit your favourites over the coming weeks.

Kind wishes
Richard and the PAW Festival Trustees


Friday 5th June 2020 – PAW Virtual Event Six

This evening, as planned, Robin Michael and Daniel Tong perform music by Beethoven for cello and piano to help us celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth.

They first introduce the music and then, with images from some of our visual artists, perform from their new CD Beethoven’s sonata Opus 102, no 1. His 12 variations on a theme from Mozart’s Magic Flute are accompanied by 12 further works from our visual artists.

You can read about both pieces in the PAW Events Programme HERE.

You can link to the music on the CD and buy a copy HERE.

Thank you for joining us.

This sequence was compiled with the help of Robin Michael, Richard Brown and Mike White (


Sunday 31st May 2020 – PAW Virtual Event Five

Welcome to our virtual event on Luigi Boccherini.

We start with a video by Bournemouth University students of our 2012 Festival when young people created a crown of stones in Corfe Castle, Melvyn Bragg spoke about the King James’s bible and the Sacconi Quartet gave one of their first public performances.

Boccherini’s cello sonata number 22 is played by Sebastian Comberti who was to have joined us, the minuet from “The Lady Killers” quintet is by the BSO in an arrangement by Leopold Stokowski, while a movement from Boccherini’s Stabat Mater is by the Sarasa Ensemble with Dominique Labelle, soprano – with thanks to Timothy Merton.

PAW visual artists featured are Cliff Towler, Emma-Louise Grinsted, Graham Towler, Moira Purver, Rachel Fooks, Sheila Jolly, Sue MacLean, Seb McEwan, Jill Marsden and Marion Spencer. You can see the work of our visual artists HERE.

The words of the Stabat Mater verse are:
“Let me, to my latest breath,
In my body bear the death
Of that dying son of thine.”

Thank you for joining us.

This sequence was compiled by Richard Brown with the help of Miranda Fulleylove, Sebastian Comberti and Mike White (

I Fagiolini:

Saturday 30th May 2020 – PAW Virtual Event Four

Welcome to a selection of music performed by I Fagiolini.

The selection includes some of the music planned to celebrate the changing seasons by Schutz, Rheinberger and Brahms plus some favourite Monteverdi. Robert Hollingworth explains Byrd’s Miserere with a sing-along score and finally we offer an Ode a la Gastonomie to delight your palate….Enjoy…

This sequence was created by Richard Brown with Robert Hollingworth (I Fagiolini, Libby Percival (Percius, Artist and Project Management and Mike White (

Thank you for joining us.


Friday 29th May 2020 – PAW Virtual Event Three

Today Eluned Pierce and Hugh Thomas “Touch their immortal harps of golden wires” at Encombe House.

They have not recorded together but do feature separately in flute duos. We also include some of the Bach that Anneke Hodnett played at Creech Grange during our series of Chamber Music recitals in Purbeck Houses. Finally we catch them young…. with Alisa Sadikova at the Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory Music School.

Works by PAW visual artists Carol Cox, Andy Knill, Cathy Veale and Eleanor Spalding accompany parts of the music. You can see the work of our visual artists HERE.

This sequence was compiled with the help of Eluned Pierce, Hugh Webb, Anneke Hodnett, Richard Brown (PAW) and Mike White (


Monday 25th May 2020 – PAW Virtual Event Two

Welcome to the trombones! First the Concert Trombone Quartette explain their origins and play Beethoven. Sue Addison then offers her version of Purcell’s Fairest Isle …of Purbeck(!)…to contrast with the version by Gabrieli on our website. Michael Buchanan, a member of Studio 5 quartet, plays a movement from Bach’s cello suite no 2 BWV 1008.

The Concert Trombone Quartette recorded Domine Deus by Josef Grüber 1855-1933 (a student with Anton Bruckner) especially for us while the extract from Hansel and Gretel is played here by past PAW performers Meridian Brass.

We were to have heard Hoagy Carmichael’s Georgia….so here it is. Giovanni Gabrieli’s Beata es virgo played by our ECSE friends, makes a grand finale to this sequence.

Thank you for joining us.

This sequence was compiled with the help of Adrian France, Richard Brown (PAW) and Mike White (


Saturday 23rd May 2020 – PAW Virtual Event One

After a short introduction, this first sequence offers some music mostly by JS Bach which aims to create some of the feel of what would have been our opening concert by Sestina with violinist Rachel Podger. We hope you enjoy this sequence on the day when it would have been performed.

Further details on the music and performers can be found in our Events Brochure at PAW Events Programme 2020

This sequence was created with the support of Mark Chambers (Sestina), Richard Brown (PAW) and Mike White (

PAW video introduction created by Keith Lawes.

Gabrieli BBC Awards

We start with congratulating our friends at Gabrieli. Their Purcell King Arthur 1691 has won both the Opera category and Recording of the Year at the 2020 BBC Music Magazine Awards in May.

You can buy or stream their recording at