AN UP-DATE ABOUT OUR CONCERTS
Firstly we thank all of you who have supported this experimental year of ad hoc Music Circle concerts. We almost got though the planned events but we now have to notify you that, due to the Coronavirus we have postponed the Lunchtime Organ Recital on Tuesday 21st April and the concert by The Sharpenhurst Quartet on Saturday 9th May, which would have been our 78th Anniversary. We are really sorry to bring you this news. We intend to re-schedule these concerts for September and will give details in due course depending on how circumstances develop.
Both the autumn and slightly shortened spring series of concerts proved successful. We gathered a small team of volunteer helpers to present the concerts and thank them for their eager support! There have been several offers of concert opportunities from musician colleagues and it is intended to create an autumn series. This will naturally depend on the circumstances we find ourselves in regarding the Coronavirus. The self-employed free lance musicians we work with are facing a hugely difficult time at the moment so we hope to be able to support them in the future with our concert promotions when it is safe to do so.
We will announce up-dates in our Summer Newsletter or earlier so keep visiting our website and Facebook page.
This last Spring session has survived rain and gales on the evening of Steve Dummer’s wonderful recital with Yoko Ono. The weather conditions did not deter an audience of fans, including composer John Hawkins, who enjoyed a twentieth century programme of works for clarinet and piano presented with total mastery. The Barn was buzzing with an enthusiastic response. The Spring celebration in March heard a wonderfully varied programme of local talent in St Mary’s Parish Church. From the appropriate opener of Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ on violin and organ, the excellent choirs and vocal soloists, joyous Haydn on the trumpet, to the dazzling display by the BBC Young Musician percussion finalist and the impressive finale of Gigout’s ‘Grand Choeur Dialogue’ on organ, it was a full programme of musical delights. Added to this Gerald Taylor’s organ recitals continued bringing enjoyment and raising valuable funds.
Let's hope normal service can be resumed before too long.
We thank all who supported the Autumn session of concerts. Opening in October the Hon. Secretary was delighted to be working with two fine keyboard players in Harry the Piano and Edward Dean who both produced brilliant solos each in their own field and hearing them improvise together in the finale was the ‘icing on the cake’! The Aurora Duo of Emma Halnan and Heather Wrighton gave us a delightful programme in November with Emma revelling in the virtuosic possibilities of the flute and Heather exploiting the tonal range of the harp from the subtlest of timbres to dazzling glissandi. The additional concerts by Gerald Taylor FRCO introduced us to a wide variety of organ repertoire giving all attending a lunchtime treat.
We now look forward to 2020 and are pleased to announce initial plans here.
THE SPRING CONCERTS 2020 -
There will be Free Lunchtime Organ Recitals, with Retiring Collections, by Gerald Taylor FRCO at the Unitarian Church 1pm on Tuesdays,
11th February, 17th March and 21st April
SATURDAY, 15th FEBRUARY - Music for Clarinet and Piano - Causeway Barn 7.30pm - Steve Dummer & Yoko Ono. Steve’s introductions are always an education so he will guide us through a programme including works by Rodney Bennett, Finzi, Poulenc and Horovitz with his usual enthusiastic presentation.
SATURDAY, 7th MARCH - Fund raising concert - A Spring Celebration - we return to St Mary’s Parish Church 7.30pm for another celebratory concert. The Parish Church Choir and Children’s Choir, are joined by guest soloists including Toril Azzalini-Machecler, percussion finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition 2018 and Soprano, Helen Whittington.
SATURDAY, 9th MAY - More celebrations, this time Beethoven’s 250th, the perfect reason for The Sharpenhurst Quartet to offer a performance of his wonderful string quartets - we will hear his Quartet Op.18 No.5 in A Major and Op.59 No.1 in F Major in the lovely acoustic of the Unitarian Church 7.30pm.
Tickets: February & March adults £17, under 18s £3, for May adults £16, under 18s £3 - from Hon. Secretary 01403 252602, Horsham Museum and on line www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle.
THE AUTUMN CONCERTS
Four music performances are being presented by Horsham Music Circle for this Autumn in a change from the familiar subscription season of previous years. Although the format might be different you will find the same Music Circle ethos of showcasing the highest calibre of professional musicians.
Appearing at the Causeway Barn (October 21st) will be the improvising pianist Harry the Piano. Harry’s solo cabaret show has now headlined at venues all over the world. More recently he has been musical director for Alexander Armstrong on the ITV ‘Christmas Special’ and performed at private audiences with HM the Queen at Sandringham and Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. He presents numbers from his acclaimed cabaret show, including the popular request set ‘any tune in any style’, as well as accompanying soprano Jill Elsworthy, who studied at the RAM, in nostalgic melodies from the 30s and 40s. To compete the programme Edward Dean, currently Organist at Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Street, London, accompanies Jill in songs by Peter Warlock, John Ireland and Percy Grainger as well as including some solo piano pieces.
The Unitarian Church in Worthing Road is the venue for a concert by the Aurora Duo (November 23rd). This exciting young chamber duo is formed by Heather Wrighton harp and Emma Halnan flute. They regularly give concerts through the country for music clubs, festivals and Live Music Now and perform as soloists and orchestral musicians at prestigious venues. They have chosen a British/French programme including works by Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Paul Lewis, Karl Jenkins, Paul Patterson and William Alwyn.
Alongside these two concerts will be two Free Lunchtime Organ recitals at the Unitarian Church (8th October and 12th November) given by Gerald Taylor FRCO. Entry is free and there is a retiring collection. The repertoire ranges from Bach to Walton and contemporary composers Antony Baldwin and Denis Bédard.
The concerts are open to all, do come along, enjoy the live music experience and meet the artists.
Tickets - Harry the Piano: Adults £18, under 18s £3 The Aurora Duo: Adults £16, under 18s £3, includes interval refreshments.
Please send cheque (payable to Horsham Music Circle) to the Membership Secretary, Windy Ridge, Church Street, Rudgwick, Horsham, RH12 3EJ or tickets can be obtained from HMC on 01403 252602, from Horsham Museum one month before concert, on line from www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle, and on the door.
For more information about obtaining tickets see the following pages.