Horsham Music Circle- 72nd Season

by Jill Elsworthy
(Horsham, West Sussex)

Benjamin Grosvenor

Benjamin Grosvenor

A line-up of fabulous artists will appear in Horsham for the 72nd Season of Music Circle concerts starting in September. The series includes much loved masterworks of the classical chamber music and recital repertoire, song and dance from the 16th century up to the elegance of the Golden Age of café society and a nostalgic return to a legendary jazz quartet. Eager to see new faces join its regular supporters the Music Circle hopes that these forthcoming live performances on the doorstep will inspire music lovers to take a look at what we have to offer.

It is thrilling to have the young keyboard maestro Benjamin Grosvenor to launch the series (21 September) and his visit promises some technical fireworks combined with true musicianship. He is the youngest British musician and first British pianist to sign to the Decca label in almost 60 years. We will also hear Jayson Gillham (7 February) one of the Leeds Piano Competition finalists last year who has achieved world-wide acclaim for his deep natural musicality and phenomenal performances. Percussionist Toby Kearney brings us a spectacular and vibrant programme (11 April). He is equally at home on the classical stage as an orchestral percussionist and soloist as he is playing bodhran in folk bands. The members of the early music group Galliarda ‘Music from the Land of Don Quixote’ (19 October) aim to entertain with some chat and readings to introduce their Iberian programme of song and dance from the 16th to 18th century. The well known ensemble London Concertante give us a real treat with three masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire including the John Ireland Sextet hidden in a drawer from 1898 until its first performance in 1960. The world renowned Allegri Quartet (17 May) performed for the Circle back in the 50s and 60s and return with a sumptuous programme as part of their 60th year tour.

To complement the classical series we stage two additional shows with top class artists in their field. The programme Pure Brubeck (10 October) is brought to us by Harry the Piano with his fantastic group of friends in a stunning recreation of the legendary Quartet with music is drawn from the period 1951-1968. The fabulous Tivoli Café Band (15 March) led by the charismatic Italian soprano Alessandra Testai will have all your favourite tunes, rhythms and musical magic. Dance the night away or just listen to the evocative sounds of the café culture years.

Individual tickets are available for all concerts from the Music Circle direct, Waterstones (for Drill Hall concerts), The Capitol Box Office and on line from www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle. The best deal is offered by becoming a subscribing member. Taking the advantage of membership also gives the opportunity to enjoy concerts you may not normally choose to attend and all who do remark that, to their amazement, they have enjoyed every one. For subscription tickets contact the Music Circle on 01403 252602 or by email to horshammusiccircle@tiscali.co.uk

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