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Wed, 06 Sept


Watford Pump House Theatre

Ilario Ferrari Trio featuring The Soli Strings Quartet

A unique opportunity to hear a live performance of Be Yourself - the critically acclaimed third album from Ilario Ferrari - as part of a charity show supporting the Random Café.

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Ilario Ferrari Trio featuring The Soli Strings Quartet
Ilario Ferrari Trio featuring The Soli Strings Quartet


06 Sept 2023, 19:30 – 21:30

Watford Pump House Theatre, 5 Local Board Rd, Watford WD17 2JP, UK



Visionary composer, pianist,singer, and 'gentle showman' Ilario Ferrari presents his highly acclaimed third album, Be Yourself.

Ilario will be perform at the Pump House Theatre with his trio, including Charlie Pyne (double bass) and Katie Patterson (drums), alongside the Soli Strings Quartet.

Be Yourself is a celebration of self-expression and the power of embracing our individuality. Through an elegant cross-over of contemporary jazz, Indian classical music and Western classical music, Ilario explores the meaning of 'being-ourselves' and the interconnectedness of all things in the universe.

The album has aired on jazz radio in London and across the UK, following it's world premiere at Kings Place in London in June 2023. The show has also achieved two sell out performances in Italy.

This very special group of world-class musicians will also be celebrating the composer’s birthday with this charity concert here in Watford, with all profits going to the Random Café, a local non-profit-organisation tackling food waste and its environmental impact here in Watford.

This promises to be a one-of-a-kind concert experience that you won't want to miss!

Media praise for Be Yourself

“The combination of improvisational jazz, the Indian and European classical traditions and a modernist even cinematic approach to the compositions and performances is really quite something special and perfectly realised.” Justin Turford for Truth and Lies Magazine, June 2023

From the first piece, the trio had the auditorium in the palm of their hands… You get the sense that these three musicians are on a journey together, enjoying each other's company, sharing ideas and inspirations… and keenly alert to each other's musical gestures..” Alex Williams live at the Clarendon Muse January 2023

“The music of the trio sounds dreamy, romantic....bright as if they were trying to capture the Italian sun." Alexia Foelsch German 

“Pianist Ilario Ferrari put together an unforgettable show with bassist Charlie Pyne and drummer Katie Patterson…a lineup that explored just about every dimension of musical performance..” Dave Keech for Jazz Up Hitchin March 2023

Watch a taster online

Line up

For the Ilario Ferrari Trio:

Ilario Ferrari - piano/vocals

Katie Patterson - drums/percussions/vocals

Charlie Pyne - double bass/vocals

For the Soli Strings Quartet:

Abbie Davis - violin

Annalise Lam - violin

Julia Dos Reis - viola

Miranda Lewis-Brown - cello

Hosted by Jane Johnson.

Event information

Doors open 7pm; show starts at 7.30pm.

Full bar available from 7pm and during the interval.

The show is performed in two halves, with a 20 minute interval.

Free parking is available on site, and nearby in Century Retail Park (please their check conditions of parking on arrival). The Pump House Theatre and Arts Centre is 4-minute walk from Watford High Street Overground Station.


  • General Admission

    A general admission ticket to hear the Ilario Ferrari Trio with the Soli Strings Quartet Wednesday 6 September 2023

    From £15.00 to £25.00
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    • £25.00
      +£0.63 service fee
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      +£0.38 service fee


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