Horsham Music Circle – Preview of Autumn Concerts for the 80th Season

After eighteen months away from regular concert performances the Music Circle is thrilled to be back again and ready to celebrate its 80th Season of concerts in Horsham.

The problems for the performing arts over this time are well documented but we now look forward to seeing audiences once more and being inspired by our musicians as they return to the platform.

The Music Circle will maintain a cautious approach this Autumn for everyone’s safety with regard to space, cleaning and ventilation. Shorter concerts without intervals have been introduced by promoters in recent months so we will be presenting  2 x 1 hour concerts at 4.30pm repeated at 7.00pm with a reduced audience capacity. This allows everyone to keep an appropriate distance and not sit too close to other attendees.  We also recommend the continued use of face masks unless you are exempt. We hope these measures will give confidence and help towards a comfortable return to live performances.

We open the Season with a double bill over one weekend featuring two contrasting quartets. On Saturday 18th September we hear the postponed Beethoven concert by the Sharpenhurst Quartet. It is also a celebration for the composer’s 250th anniversary with a programme including two of his string quartet masterworks , Op.59 No.1 ‘Rasumovsky’ and the 3rd Movement of Op.135 No.16. The concerts will be held in St John’s Church, Broadbridge Heath.

We were delighted to be asked to host a concert by the Fontanella recorder ensemble in their UK tour. This remarkable recorder ensemble features four of the UK’s leading players Rebecca Austen-Brown, Louise Bradbury, Sarah Humphrys and Annabel Knight. The group have been praised by the critics for ‘the quality of their ensemble playing … a bit of magic’. They appear on Sunday 19th September with their programme ‘The Delightful Companion’ painting a colourful landscape of musical life in post-Restoration England! performed on an array of instruments from the tiny garklein to the great sub-contra bass. This concert is Supported by a grant from the Continuo Foundation.  Performances are at Causeway Barn.

Three well known local professional musicians who have excited audiences with their performances both as soloists and as an ensemble appear on Saturday 16th October. Steve Dummer, Pavlos carvalho and Warren Mailley-Smith join together to showcase works for clarinet, cello and piano.  Steve is well known as conductor of Horsham Symphony Orchestra in addition to his career as clarinettist and educator. Pavlos has performed as a solo and chamber musician in major venues and recorded for the BBC. Warren’s career has taken him all over the world, with performances in Australia, Europe, China and the USA, as well as being a popular soloist on the UK concert scene.  The play works by Beethoven, Nino Rota and Brahms in concerts at Causeway Barn.

Works for violin and piano will be presented by Judith Templeman and Heejung Kim on Saturday 27th November. After study with Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School and  both Yo Yo Ma and Emmanuel Ax at Tanglwood Judith has given recitals in Germany, Birmingham and London. she has also led numerous orchestras including the RPO and CBSO.  Heejung studied wth Renna Kellaway at the Royal Northern College of Music and has also worked with James MacMillan and Hans Werner Henze. She has given recitals at major London venues and major festivals throughout the UK.  Their recital at Causeway Barn features Sonatas in G major by Ravel and Brahms.

Audience attendance will be limited to between 40-50 per concert dependent on household booking numbers. PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE (No tickets on sale at the door) by phone 01403 252602 (answer machine), email horshammusiccircle@gmail.com, or online at wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle.