Our Concerts 2016-17


Concerts 2016 – 2017


SUNDAY, 25th SEPTEMBER, The Capitol, North Street, 7.30pm

In 1996 Harry the Piano’s unique solo cabaret show was ‘born’ at a Music Circle concert in The Capitol and has since been heard worldwide. His extraordinary talent has taken him from the UK to the Moulin Rouge, Manasterly Palace Cairo, and headlining festivals from Barbados to Adelaide. Harry has returned to Horsham many times to great acclaim. This appearance celebrates both twenty years of his successful show and launches the Music Circle’s 75th Anniversary season. Expect an evening of exceptional entertainment, formidable technique and superb musicianship encompassing great improvisations around familiar themes from all genres.         Come prepared with requests for any tune in any style. This concert is being presented in association with The Capitol.

Tickets: Adults £20.50 Concs./Capitol Friends £18.50 Students £12 Family £60

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SATURDAY, 15th OCTOBER The Drill Hall, Denne Road 7.30pm

Bartosz Glowacki is one of the leading lights of a new generation of accordionists. Born in Poland, he2
studied with Andrzej Smolik in the National Music School in Sanok. He is currently studying at the RAM with Owen Murray. He won the Polish Young Musician of the Year in 2009 and is a recipient of many prizes in both national and international music competitions. He is joined by French cellist Corentin Chassard who studied in St Malo, Paris and London and is a member of the award winning Mercury Quartet. This exciting duo’s programme includes works by Scarlatti, Berio, Bach, Gubaidulina and Piazzolla. This concert is supported by the Countess of Munster Musical Trust.

Tickets: Adults £16 under 18s £5


FRIDAY, 25th NOVEMBER The Court Room, Christ’s Hospital 7.30pm

3An evening of chamber music gems especially devised by this group of outstanding musicians. The six performers, Rachel Ellis and Anna Giddey violins, Emily Marsden viola, Tom Roff cello and Juliet Edwards piano, with Mark Bradbury tenor, have gathered through a combination of connections with Christ’s Hospital and Little Notes Horsham. All players, with impressive backgrounds in professional music making, have full and varied careers but consider it one of the greatest pleasures to gather together for this challenging and exhilarating repertoire.  The programme includes Elgar’s Piano Quintet, Vaughan Williams ‘On Wenlock Edge’ and songs by Butterworth and Gurney.

Tickets: Adults £19    Concessions £18    CH Friends £17     under 16s £5

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

This 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. Enjoy tea and cakes in the interval.

This is an additional event to the subscription season

Tickets: Adults £16    under 18s £5

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FRIDAY, 10th FEBRUARY The Drill Hall, Denne Road 7.30pm

The young virtuoso Chinese pianist, Ji Liu, studied at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, the Escuela4
Música Reina Sofia and at the RAM. He has appeared as soloist with the major orchestras and venues both in the UK and internationally and has released three CDs. Showing a stellar technique and refined musicianship this hugely creative artist has been hailed by the critics as ‘a world-class pianist … One to watch’. His programme includes Sonatas by Scarlatti, Beethoven’s ‘Appassionata’ Sonata, and Chopin waltzes.

Tickets: Adults £18 under 18s £5

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ETRUSCA ‘Mediterraneo: The Inland Sea’

SATURDAY, 18th MARCH St Mark’s Church, North Heath Lane 7.30pm

We welcome back the Italian soprano Alessandra Testai accompanied by Robin Jeffrey to present this musical
evening full of sunshine and salt water. The programme wanders through the varied cultures of the Mediterra6nean Sea, from mediaeval Spanish ballads, Greek songs of the islands, Italian lute songs, to music of the Renaissance, romantic songs from the Bay of Naples and the music of the exiled Sephardi Jews. Robin will play a fascinating selection of traditional and historic instruments including the lute and its eastern relatives, the Arabian oud and Greek laouto, and the Spanish and Baroque guitar.

Tickets: Adults £16 under 18s £5


SATURDAY, 13th MAY St Mary’s Parish Church, Causeway 7.30pm

5The Music Circle’s 75th Anniversary concert features a star-studded cast. To give this special performance we are thrilled to have back one of this country’s finest chamber groups, London Concertante. They are joined by Crispian Steele-Perkins, the worlds’s leading exponent of the Baroque trumpet, oboist Daniel Bates, and Charlotte Barbour-Condini, recorder, finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition. London Concertante receives tremendous critical acclaim for its inspired programming. As trumpet soloist, Crispian is renowned for his purity of tone and artistic subtlety. He has appeared at major venues world-wide. The programme includes 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: £23 under 18s £5

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SATURDAY, 8th JULY The Capitol, North Street 7.30pm

We are honoured to present a recital by one of the much loved singers of today. Dame Felicity Lott has built up a formidable international reputation as an interpreter of the great operatic roles of7 Mozart and Strauss. She has sung at the world’s major opera houses, performed with the great orchestras under prestigious conductors and appeared on the major recital platforms. Dame Felicity has received many awards including the CBE, the Wigmore Hall Medal, and in 2016 won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Classical Music Awards. Pianist Graham Johnson has been acclaimed as one of the foremost accompanists of our day making a major contribution to the development of the song repertoire. He is also a recipient of the OBE and the Wigmore Hall Medal. The recital will include arias by Handel, Gluck, Chabrier and Offenbach, and songs by Schumann, Britten and Noel Coward.

Tickets: Adults £29.50 Concs./Capitol Friends £27.50,    Students £12    Family £85

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