Part of this year's Petworth Festival Literary Weekend is the 'Wonderland' Winter Concert

MON 26 OCT 2015

Concert Date: Saturday 7th November, 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Petworth

‘Wonderlandʼ is a brand new project created by pianist Ashley Wass and violinist Matthew Trusler which both celebrates the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and raises money for the Lenny Trusler Childrenʼs Foundation (, a charitable trust dedicated to providing relief from suffering and illness for very sick babies and children.

In a concert designed to appeal to all ages, an introduction and linking narrative to the book’s twelve enchanting chapters has been specially written by Louis de Bernières and will be performed by the lovely Suki Webster (one of the stars of the 2015 Summer festival hit, Paul Merton’s Impro Chums) and Luke Sorba (actor, comdeian and writer who founded pioneering improvised comedy company, "Spontaneous Combustion").Trusler and Wass will be playing short musical portraits commissioned from and donated by thirteen leading composers including Carl Davis, Stephen Hough, Howard Blake, Mark Anthony-Turnage and Roxanna Panufnik. To accompany the performance, new images commissioned from illustrator Emily Carew Woodard will be projected alongside some of the original drawings by John Tenniel.

Speaking about the project, Matthew Trusler says:

“I’m especially excited that with this project we’ll be creating an entirely new suite of music; a work of art which will not only provide pleasure for young people, but will also directly raise money for very young children and babies who have been given a bad start in their lives.”

Ashley Wass adds:

“This is a hugely exciting project and we are thrilled to have so many wonderful composers involved; that it’s all in aid of a truly wonderful cause makes it very special indeed.”