Horsham Music Circle News
75th Anniversary Season 2016-2017
Only two weeks to go to DAME FELICITY LOTT’s performance with pianist GRAHAM JOHNSON for the Horsham Music Circle which takes place on the opening day of the Horsham Festival, Saturday 8th July in The Capitol 7.30pm
If you haven’t already, buy your tickets now for these exceptional artists offering a wonderful evening of song from operetta to art songs and Noel Coward – you will not be disappointed.
Opera and song lovers will be given a treat when one of Britain’s best loved sopranos comes to The Capitol on Saturday 8th July. Dame Felicity Lott has built up a formidable international reputation and has sung at the world’s major opera houses, performed with the great orchestras under prestigious conductors and appeared on the major recital platforms. The Horsham Music Circle, in association with The Capitol, is thrilled to be welcoming her to the town to give a concert as the Circle’s contribution to the Horsham Festival week. She is joined by the acclaimed accompanist Graham Johnson. The evening will include favourite opera arias by Handel, Chabrier and Offenbach, and songs by Schumann, Britten and Noel Coward.
Before then we have the final free lunchtime organ recital of the season given by Gerald Taylor FRCO at The Unitarian Church, Worthing Road, Horsham at 1pm. on Thursday 27th June. All welcome – retiring collection to support the Circle’s concert promotions.
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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