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75th Anniversary Season 2016-2017 



Three top-class soloists, one of this country’s finest chamber groups and Horsham’s historic Parish Church make up the menu for Horsham Music Circle’s 75th Anniversary concert.  Book your tickets now for this thrilling celebratory programme on Saturday 13th May at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Church, Causeway, Horsham.

This star-studded cast features  LONDON CONCERTANTE with Guest DirectorViolin Ben Norris. They are joined by CRISPIAN STEELE-PERKINS, the worlds’s leading exponent of the Baroque trumpet, oboist DANIEL BATES, principal oboe with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the City of London Sinfonia, and MAY poster 2017:B:jpegCHARLOTTE BARBOUR-CONDINI, recorder, finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. London Concertante receives tremendous critical acclaim for its inspired programming. An exciting programme, described as ‘an absolute cracker!’, has been devised for the occasion with works by Mozart, Britten, Purcell’s Trumpet Suite, the D minor Oboe Concerto by Albinoni, Vivaldi’s Recorder Concerto ‘La Notte’ and Bach’s memorable 2nd Brandenburg Concerto.

Tickets and more information from Horsham Music Circle 01403 252602,  horshammusiccircle@tiscali.co.uk.   www.horsham-music-circle.org.uk.  On line from www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle. Tickets also available from Horsham Museum and on the door.

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 The Music Circle’s contribution to the Horsham Festival, in association with The Capitol, is on Saturday 8th July. We are honoured to present a recital by DAME FELICITY LOTT, one of the much loved singers of today and a star of both the opera stage and recital platform. She will be joined by GRAHAM JOHNSON who has been acclaimed as one of the foremost accompanists of our day.

Book today ! for these special concerts. Contact the Music Circle direct on 01403 252602 or visit www.horsham-music-circle.org.uk  On line bookings for May from wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle  and for July from  www.thecapitolhorsham.com

On March 18th the voice and lute duo Etrusca – Alessandra Testai and Robin Jeffrey presented us with a wonderful journey around the Mediterranean coast with their programme of songs and dances. Memorable singing and the vast array of instruments of the region expertly played made an evening both entertaining and instructive – all hugely enjoyed.

The young virtuoso Chinese pianist JI LIU who gave our February recital, certainly proved why he’s been hailed as a  ‘world class pianist … one to watch’.  Our reviewer wrote ‘As soon as his fingers touched the keyboard, Ji Liu met these expectations, revealing a distinctive musical personality, technical brilliance and the capacity to rethink well-known pieces, qualities that have made him one of the breakthrough classical artists of recent years.’

The Ellis Ensemble with Mark Bradbury presented an excellent programme of English chamber music in November. A memorable evening for all.

 ‘Music pours out of this guy’  so say the critics. The ‘guy’ was accordionist Bartosz Glowacki who, in October,  gave us a challenging and innovative programme from the Baroque to the present day with cellist Corentin Chassard.  They gave an accomplished
performance with great musicianship and passion. 

Harry The Piano opened our special season in style as our reviewer said

‘How many musicians are so highly respected as to be identified with their instrument? Harry the Piano: what a tribute to this versatile and virtuosic performer!  And how well he earned the title on Sunday night, giving the rapt audience a scintillating mix of humour, invention and sheer musical magic.

As an excellent visual opener, we heard the unmistakable strains of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” arising from a darkened stage, gradually revealing Harry and the piano bathed in a dramatic blue glow. Then, taking us amusingly through his life-story –illustrated effectively by a palette of background colours from the Arts Centre’s excellent technicians – we were treated to streams of brilliantly concocted medleys of show-tunes, classical highlights and his celebrated fusions, with one amazing routine demonstrating exactly how to construct a memorable film theme out of six simple elements.

What a treat! What a musician! In short, the one and only…………Harry the Piano!’       We all had a great evening of entertainment and true musicianship.

The Music Circle is thrilled to celebrate its 75th anniversary year with an exciting programme of performances by the most outstanding musicians on the concert circuit today. You will recognise some familiar names, together with newcomers to our series.  We hope you will be inspired by these wonderful artists and we look forward to seeing our long-standing members and welcoming many new ones.   

We are delighted to be returning to The Capitol for two concerts, starting with the improviser extraordinaire Harry the Piano who launches our season, and ending with the renowned international soprano Dame Felicity Lott with pianist Graham Johnson in recital. We move to Christ’s Hospital for a richly varied chamber music programme to be given by local professionals, The Ellis Ensemble with tenor Mark Bradbury. The Drill Hall is the venue for our young artists; accordion player Bartosz Glowacki with cellist Corentin Chassard bring an innovative programme for this unusual duo and come sponsored by The Countess of Munster Musical Trust; the Chinese pianist Ji Liu, selected by the Young Concert Artists Trust in 2013, has been tipped as a major talent and ‘one to watch‘. Also at The Drill Hall, the ever popular New Year Viennese Concert returns with a new line-up of artists for an afternoon of much loved melodies. At St Mark’s Church, Alessandra Testai with Robin Jeffrey explore the natural partnership of voice and lute with a focus on the varied musical cultures of the Mediterranean. Horsham’s lovely historic Parish Church will be the venue for our 75th Anniversary concert. A spectacular programme has been devised by London Concertante with three world-class soloists Crispian Steele-Perkins, Daniel Bates and Charlotte Barbour-Condini.

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