“All the songs are beautiful and so very well sung” – Hugues Cuenod, 2002
“One of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard” – Tom Conti, 2001
“You should be a singer. You’re a very good singer” – Kurt Masur, 2000 (overhearing Patricia singing Bach as she stacked shelves in Tower Records)
In 2010 a CD arrived in the post. I put it in the machine and was immediately smitten. I picked up the telephone and invited Patricia to the Swaledale Festival. She brought the house down. She has been back every year since, each time with a fresh musical offering, each time seducing the audience with her gorgeous voice and her infectious character. This is what festival directors dream of! Needless to say, Patricia is coming to Swaledale again in 2015.
Malcolm Creese, Artistic Director, Swaledale Festival
Ian Rosenblatt, founder, the Branscombe Festival:
We have had Patricia and Matt perform twice now at Valence House, and both times they have gone down a storm. Not only are they both outstanding performers, but their knowledge of musical history is astounding – a real added extra to their performances. They create such a lovely atmosphere, dressed in their period costumes, and actively encourage the audience to join in. We have such lovely feedback from the public regarding Patricia and Matt. We hope to have them back for many of our future events.
Leeanne Westwood, Curator, Valence House Museum
Patricia performed a wonderful concert in the historic Pitzhanger Manor House, singing songs from the WWI-era. Her beautiful voice charmed the audience and she was a delight to watch, entertaining all with her stories and fantastic knowledge of music from the era. A huge thank you from us and the audience, all of whom told us how much they had enjoyed the evening!
Hannah Thomas, Exhibitions & Events Coordinator, Pitzhanger Manor House & Gallery
Patricia Hammond and her Ragtime Parlour Band presented the more frivolous and entertaining aspects of the First World War to an enthralled Buxton Festival audience. We would welcome them back anytime.
Randall Shannon, Buxton Festival
A wonderful sing-along filled with old fashioned glamour. Really added something extra to our WW1 commemorations and was thoroughly enjoyed by the public.
Joanne Bailey – Archives+ Manchester Central Library
Vocalist Patricia Hammond charmed us with her pre and post war era tunes, bringing a poised and elegant presence to the stage. Patricia and guitar accompanist Budge Schachte have a soulful chemistry — evermore so when it was revealed to the audience that they met in person for the first time the day before!The first half of this MOV event included a selection of 1940s tunes that brought out the hardships and far away travels of these times when soldiers left their families and lovers behind. Patricia encouraged the audience to join in with “You’ll get used to it”, “Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye!” and “We’ll meet again some sunny day”.After a costume change to a more whimsical dress, appropriate for the 1950s post-war era, the second half of the show brought a feeling of letting go with songs such as, “This is my lovely day” and “Enjoy yourself.” Quite the conversationalist, Patricia revealed her passion for collecting sheet music. She discovered “She wears red feathers and a huly huly skirt” at Carillon Music in Vancouver, and performed it for the first time this night, with charm and grace. Patricia’s 1950s dress had a playful fabric, which swayed as she sang and danced.She revealed that it was a reproduction designed by Vivien of Holloway, and amusingly mentioned that certain songs tickled the bones of this dress, acting as an “imaginary singing teacher” as she sang.
Rachel Roy, Museum of Vancouver
Patricia and Matt added an extra dimension to our event, bringing a focal point to one of our recently restored vehicles , and creating a lovely atmosphere. She encouraged the audience to join in the singing and helped to transport everyone back to 1914. Patricia was very professional throughout, and was a pleasure to work with.
Lyndsey McLean, Public Programmes Manager, London Transport Museum
It was an absolute pleasure having you and Matt perform at Burgh House last Sunday, there was a wonderful atmosphere in the music room, throughout the house and into the gardens when you were playing, and I’ve heard so many people this week comment on how much they enjoyed the music.
Operations and Events Manager
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
You and Matthew were STARS. We loved you both so very much. A big thank you to both of you and hope we can have you back again.
Veronica Stuart, Events Co-ordinator, Melford Hall, National Trust
Thank you so much for taking part in our Edwardian Late – I really enjoyed your concert and we received great feedback from the audience.
Marie Klimis, Horniman Museum, Programme Development Co-ordinator
Patricia Hammond is a star. She sings regularly at the Royal Star and Garter and always delights, not only with her beautiful, unforced singing voice, but with her charm, empathy, and the total rapport she sets up with her audience. Her repertoire is perfect. She selects songs which always evoke memories, she produces smiles and tears as she wanders amongst the audience. They all love her and ask “when is she coming again?” She gives great pleasure to a great many people.
Pat Maynard, The Music Group.