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The Horsham Music Circle’s 75th Anniversary Season has just ended but the new concert series 2017-2018, our 76th year, begins on Saturday, 23rd September. The concerts showcase the highest calibre of performers, both well-established acclaimed artists and talented newcomers and include JONATHAN PLOWRIGHT – the critically acclaimed, award winning pianist in recital; ALEXANDRA LOMEIKO, the New Zealand violinist, one of the most talented and versatile musicians of her generation; JESS GILLAM – the first ever saxophonist to reach the Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year: THE PRIMROSE PIANO QUARTET – four of the UK’s leading chamber musicians.  We highly recommend these outstanding players and look forward to welcoming new members for the series and those coming to individual concerts. The website is being up-dated and will be ready soon. If you would like a brochure giving full details contact us by phone 01403 252602 or email horshammusiccircle@tiscali.co.uk. 

On July 8th Horsham Music Circle closed its 75th season with a performance by two distinguished musicians, Dame Felicity Lott and Graham Johnson. The concert, presented in association with the Capitol, was also a contribution to the town’s Festival week on its opening day. The review says it all !!

“Just reading the profiles of Dame Felicity and Graham Johnson was enough to make one realise the extraordinary treat in store for us on the opening day of Horsham Festival 2017. Featuring a professional partnership spanning forty years, the evening evolved as a wonderful panorama of vocal music from Felicity Lott:jpegopera to cabaret by way of German Lieder, French art-songs, English folk-songs and delightfully irreverent operetta. We all knew it would be excellent, but maybe not that it would be so incredibly varied and enjoyable, with Dame Felicity’s delightfully relaxed introductions setting the scene splendidly for the more ‘stagey’ numbers, whilst the peerless pianist Graham Johnson gave us the background to the Schumann and the Fauré in an equally warm and witty way. Highlights have to be the sheer beauty of Schumann’s ‘Mondnacht’, with its purity of tone in even the merest whisper of a phrase-end; the delicacy of the piano-playing in ‘Der Nussbaum’, with every detail of articulation clearly nuanced; the flirtatious charm of the Offenbach; an ‘O Waly, Waly’ – in which you could have heard a pin drop – and the final Noel Coward songs, which both performers appeared to enjoy as much as the rapt audience! Dame Felicity as Lieder singer and opera star we expected; but as a superb cabaret artiste – well, that was an unexpected bonus to many of the audience, as was her superb ‘drunken’ encore: the perfect end to a perfect evening.”

The splendid team of London Concertante, with Crispian Steele-Perkins, Chris O’Neal and Charlotte Barbour-Condini treated us to a superb performance for the Circle’s 75th Anniversary on May 13th. Certainly a memorable concert in the wonderful setting of St Mary’s Parish Church.

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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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 75th Season Brochure:
Please Contact the Hon. Secretary on 01403 252602 or by
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We are grateful for the assistance of the Horsham District Council.

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