SATURDAY, 7th JANUARY  The Drill Hall, Denne Road  3pm

photo-viennesejpeg2This New Year favourite returns with some new guests. We are delighted to welcome BBC Radio 4’s Senior Announcer and Horsham resident, Chris Aldridge to present the afternoon’s entertainment. Members of the Horsham Symphony Orchestra, led by Rachel Ellis, sopranos Jill Elsworthy and Claudia Parkes, tenor Mark Bradbury, the dancers from Glynde Place, join together to perform your favourite Viennese melodies. Hear music by Schubert, Johann Strauss, Lehar and Waldteufel and enjoy tea and cakes in the interval !

Chris Aldridge has worked for the BBC for over 30 years. His working life is divided between managing his team and on-air duties including the News, Shipping Forecasts and live Continuity. Chris grew up in Horsham as a Collyer’s student and read Mathematics at Bedford College in London. He moved back to the town in 2001 with his wife and two children and, more recently, a black rescue labrador. As a family they are members of St Mark’s Church and, in his spare time Chris can be spotted jogging around north Horsham.”  

Jill Elsworthy moved to Horsham at an early age. After studying at the Royal Academy of Music she has been soprano soloist in performances of most of the standard oratorios and has given many recitals of English Song and Lieder. Until her semi-retirement a few years ago she had a busy teaching practice in Horsham and was on the music staff at Christ’s Hospital for thirty-eight years. She now still enjoys teaching on a more modest scale combined with being Chairman of the Brighton Centre of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and is a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing.

Claudia Parkes was a student at Farlington School and then Christ’s Hospital. She was awarded a Choral Scholarship to Trinity College Cambridge in 2007, where she read English Literature.  She became the president of the Cambridge University Opera Society directing various operas and has performed the roles of Pamina, Despina, Bastienne and Gluck’s Euridice.  She is now a full time English teacher in London, having graduated from the Teach First Leadership Programme in 2015 but sings regularly in chapel choirs throughout London and loves the chance to perform!

Mark Bradbury was born in Cheshire and studied at the Royal Academy of Music.  He joined the Glyndebourne Chorus in 1999 and sang with the company for many years,  making his solo Glyndebourne debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in 2001. Chorally, Mark enjoys singing with The Academy of Ancient Music, Gabrieli Consort and Choir of the Age of enlightenment. He has worked extensively as a soloist on the concert platform and continues his singing career alongside being co-director of the national early-years music project, Little Notes where he leads sessions in Horsham and Chichester.

This is an additional event to the subscription season.

Tickets: Adults £16    under 18s £5

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