Welcome 2017


76th SEASON  2017-2018


The Music Circle is thrilled to be welcoming the exceptional young saxophonist JESS GILLAM to play in Horsham with pianist Anthony Hewitt at its next concert. In 2016, at the age of 17, Jess made history as the first saxophonist to win the woodwind final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and went on to play in the Grand Final at London’s Barbican Hall. Her appearance on Saturday 17th March, 7.30pm at St Mark’s Church, showcases her special talent and bubbly exuberant personality. 

Acclaimed as  ‘One of the best young saxophonists in the UK’,  Jess made her Proms debut last year, has appeared with Southbank Sinfonia and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, and gives
recitals throughout the UK. She studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and is mentored by the Ivor Novello award-winning saxophonist, composer, and record producer, John Harle. John played for the Music Circle back in 1992 when we had an  audience of 330 !

Jess has appeared on the BBC Radio channels, and been featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine. She is a patron for Awards for Young Musicians and promotes her own series of concerts, bringing international talent to her hometown of Ulverston.

ANTHONY HEWITT is regarded as one of Britain’s most gifted pianists with a prolific performing career. He has performed regularly at the Wigmore Hall, at festivals worldwide, and has received critical acclaim for his many recordings. He enjoys a diverse musical life as founding Artistic Director of the Ulverston International Music Festival, professor at Birmingham Conservatoire, and enthusiastic chamber musician. In 2012 he cycled 1200 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats giving a concert every night, raising over £13,000 for charity.  

An excitingly wide-ranging programme from classics to folk and jazz influences has been devised, including works by Marcello, Debussy, Ravel, Michael Nyman, Dave Heath, and Peter DeRose.

Jess has been described as ‘Funny, cool and down to earth … What was not to like?’, don’t miss this inspirational musician in recital.    BOOK  your tickets NOW !

Tickets can be obtained on the door or in advance from Horsham Museum, from the Circle on 01403 252602, or on line at www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle.

Gerald Taylor has given us two excellent Lunchtime Organ recitals. An all Bach programme and one featuring the finest Romantic composers of organ music of the 19th century repertoire. We look forward to his next recital on 17th April at 1pm in the Unitarian Church, Worthing Road, Horsham, when he has chosen organ music by English and French composers – Reginald Goss Custard, William Walond, Herbert Howell, C.H.H. Parry, Joseph Bonnet, Alexandre Guilmant and Louis Vierne.

The Season so far …….

We thank all who supported our Circle Soiree.  It was a great evening and we are hugely grateful to those who took part and presented such a varied programme. 

The Countess of Munster Trust Artists always delight our audiences and the November recital by ALEXANDRA LOMEIKO and ANTONINA SUHANOVA lived up to its promise. As our reviewer remarked ‘ their rapport was clearly evident in exactly matched phrasing and polished interplay. The Mozart and Schubert pieces were performed with spirited aplomb, yet the second-half works by the Russian composers Stravinsky and Prokofiev showed the duo’s prowess to even greater effect.  The balletic Fairy’s Kiss divertimento allowed Alexandra to expertly display the violin’s dreamy, gypsy, and percussive sides, well complemented by Antonina’s elegant pianism. Then the duo demonstrated a tremendous affinity with the coiling melodies and fluctuating harmonies of Profokiev’s sonata.’  It was certainly a memorable evening of music making from this talented duo.

JONATHAN PLOWRIGHT  is described as ‘a pianist at the top of his game’ and this was certainly evident when he launched the Circle’s 76th Season in September – it was a memorable evening  thoroughly enjoyed by the appreciative audience. The review says it all ..

“It is always satisfying when a musical season opens on a high note. Given the rapturous applause accorded to pianist, Jonathan Plowright, at the Drill hall on 23rd September, Horsham Music Circle’s 76th season has started in such a way. Coming to Horsham on the back of a slew of outstanding recording reviews and a reputation as a pianist’s pianist, Jonathan demonstrated why he is held in such high regard in a recital ranging from Bach to Paderewski, taking in Mozart and Schumann.

The varied programme was unified by a deep musical integrity and a paradoxical absence of fireworks, even though Jonathan’s virtuosic mastery of the keyboard was particularly evident in the Chopin and Schumann pieces. From the opening Bach-Busoni choral preludes it was clear that his pianistic approach emphasizes the clear articulation of musical phrases and a meticulous attention to the different sonorities of the piano’s many octaves. The effect is one of absolute clarity, focusing on how the musical ideas of a piece evolve rhythmically and harmonically with the result that even well-known pieces are interpreted freshly. This capacity to trust both the pieces being played and the receptivity of his audience was repaid by a closing ovation. “


After the excitement of our 75th Anniversary Season we present a slightly more modest programme for the 2017-2018 series.  The concerts continue to showcase the highest calibre of performers, both well-established acclaimed artists and talented newcomers. You will not be disappointed and we highly recommend these fine musicians to you.

The pianist Jonathan Plowright has received unanimous praise for his many national and international performances. He has enjoyed performing in some of the finest concert halls around the world, in the luxurious surroundings of stately homes, castles and cruise ships, being considered a pianist ‘at the top of his game’.

The Countess of Munster Trust has always included the best of today’s emerging performers – multi-award winning violinist Alexandra Lomeiko is no exception enjoying a busy solo recital and chamber music career.

Any of you who followed the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition cannot fail to have noticed the bubbly exuberant personality of Jess Gillam. She became the first ever saxophonist to reach the finals of this prestigious contest and was recently featured as a Rising Star in BBC Music Magazine.

To celebrate our 76th anniversary we welcome back pianist John Thwaites who has played for us many times with his various chamber music companions. On this occasion he comes with the highly acclaimed Primrose Piano Quartet, also returning after their very successful performance here a few years ago.

We complement the subscription series with the popular free Lunchtime concerts plus a special programme of musical delights presented by invited local musicians.

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You can come to individual concerts  or  choose all 4 subscription concerts to get the best deal.

A brochure can be obtained from the Music Circle on 01403 252602 or email horshammusiccircle@tiscali.co.uk
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If you would like a copy of the 76th Season Brochure:
Please Contact the Hon. Secretary on 01403 252602 or by
Email: horshammusiccircle@gmail.com

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We are grateful for the assistance of the Horsham District Council.

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