The first two months of 2019 saw a fantastic variety of events for the Horsham District Year of Culture. There are plenty more to come with something for all the family to enjoy. Whether you like the music, finding out about our culture through talks and drama or being more hands-on and perhaps doing some writing or crafting, there’s an event for you.
What’s coming up next?
The Year of Culture 2019 sees an extra special event across the Horsham District on Sunday 24th March. The District Showcase Tour will see around 40 of the best vehicles representing the 5 main motor-based events in Horsham touring the District’s local villages. They will be visiting Billingshurst, Pulborough, Storrington, Steyning, and Henfield.
There will be vehicles from Horsham Piazza Italia, Horsham’s Great British Weekend, PlumJam, Horsham FrenchFest, and Horsham AmeriCARna. The vehicles will be stopping in each location to take part in a range of family fun activities.
If you’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of Leonardslee Gardens, you could spend the evening there with the Shipley Arts Festival on 29th March. You can enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful gardens, followed by drinks, canapés, and a concert of Piazzola’s ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’, performed by the Stradivarius Piano Trio and special guest, guitarist George Robinson. There will also be dinner and an auction in aid of Sussex Arts Academy and Chestnut Tree Hospice.
For those of you who would like to try something new, why not join the Year Of Culture Paint Night on 29th March at Horsham Park Barn? Paint Night is for adults who want to try painting in a fun, comfortable environment. Bring a bottle of your favourite tipple and some snacks and create a fabulous Horsham-themed painting to take home with you. With a professional artist guiding the way, and some music too, you don’t need any prior art experience!
Treat Mum on Mothers Day weekend to the English Romantics concert at St John’s Church in Coolhurst. This concert is dedicated to the wealth of English Choral Music, performed by Horsham Chamber Choir with Organ accompaniment. They will perform favourites such as Stanford’s ‘Beati quorum via’ and Elgar’s ‘Give unto the Lord ‘ and slightly less well known the ‘Mass Princeps Pacis by William Loyd-Webber, father of two rather more famous sons!
The first weekend in April sees the Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show take place. Designer makers will be displaying a spectacular variety of superb, well-designed and beautifully made crafts, which have been created in workshops and studios across Sussex and the adjoining counties. Come to meet the designers with their ceramics, furniture, jewellery, metalwork, printmaking, textiles and woodwork. If you love art and crafts this is an event you should not miss!
Chickenshed are at the QE2 School on Saturday 6th April. They are performing three different theatre shows, each one suitable for a different age group of children. Their shows encourage young children to develop and explore the world around them through song, music, movement and a truly sensory experience. They are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space – children are encouraged to join in and help make the story happen. Every show is fun, really silly and has plenty of colourful puppets and live songs.
Admission: One Shilling takes place at The Capitol on 6th April. Actress Dame Patricia Routledge and concert pianist Piers Lane tell the extraordinary story of Myra Hess and her famous wartime National Gallery concerts. Through spoken word interspersed with piano music by Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin, hear how the ‘great adventure’ of these lunchtime concerts began, and how they continued while bombs rained down on London.
Cruising Through The Ranks – From Cadet to Commodore on Thursday 11th April in Henfield Village Hall is supporting the RNLI and the Friends of St Peter’s Church. Commodore Ian Gibb MBE MNN will entertain with his tales of 43 years at sea with the P&O Company, followed by 22 years as an Elder Brother of the Corporation of Trinity House. His vast knowledge covers the changing face of passenger vessels and their passengers from the early 1950s, culminating in his attaining command of the P&O Flagship “ORIANA” on her entry into service in 1995, followed by an ‘alteration of course’ as a willing servant of Trinity House to ensure the continued safety for the seafarer around the English and Welsh coastlines.
This is just a selection of the wonderful events happening in March and April. You can find full details of these events and more at www.hdculture2019.co.uk, or pick up a #HDYOC19 programme from one of our many outlets across the Horsham District. Please check booking information and prices prior to attending an event.
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