Great reviews and sell out events seem to be the order of the day with Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 and we are all delighted at how it is being received.
At the launch of the celebrations, we committed to staging an event every weekend throughout the year – 52 events over 52 weekends.
The 52 series features an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, drama, workshops and more besides across the whole District, and will provide a great opportunity to see, try or experience something new, discover, learn or just have fun!
This weekend Colgate is getting in on the act. Colgate Memorial Hall is hosting a Samba and Stomp Workshop. It promises to be a dynamic high energy session exploring funk and samba rhythms and Afro-Brazilian musical styles in this fun high energy workshop. The children’s session is already a sell-out but the adult’s session from 1pm still has spaces, but remember to book!
As we do our bit to celebrate World Book Day our thoughts turn to our literary and writing events.
Horsham Writers Circle together with our own Jeremy Knight, Museum and Heritage Officer from Horsham Museum and Art Gallery are hosting a talk at The Lintot (pub and restaurant) about renowned Horsham writer Barnaby Bernard Lintot, his dramatic and eventful life and how he was at the heart of English literature in the 1700s, handling and publishing literary celebrities of the day. The talk costs just £2 and is on Wednesday 13 March from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Also don’t forget to check out The Written Word: A Literary Life of Horsham District – a series of colourful displays in your local Horsham district library about a whole host of distinguished local writers: Shelley, Conan Doyle, Belloc, Hornung, Brown, Pope and of course, Lintott. The displays are on show from 30 March until 22 June.
Think there is a budding writer in you? Encouraging people to get involved and develop their skills is another core aim of the Year of Culture.
On 14 and 21 March, Horsham Library is empowering fledgling writers out there to experiment with creative writing in a series of supportive and fun workshops. Led by a published author and experienced facilitator, these free workshops are open to any level of ability and focus on different creative exercises in each session. These workshops are in partnership with New Writing South and suitable for underrepresented writers. There will be six sessions in all, running from 3-5pm; you are welcome to come to all, any or as many as you like. Booking is recommended but not essential.
Turning to music, we have a unique opportunity coming up to enjoy a performance from another local-born talent.
The Horsham born critically acclaimed pianist JEREMY YOUNG has a distinguished performing career that has gained him a reputation as one of the UK’s most respected and versatile musicians. Jeremy has appeared for Horsham Music Circle on several occasions with his chamber ensembles and as a soloist. He returns on Friday 22nd March in the Drill Hall at 7.30pm when he gives a recital in the Horsham Music Circle’s 77th Season which has been supported by Horsham’s Year of Culture funding scheme. His performance will include favourite piano works by Beethoven, Debussy, Grieg, Rachmaninov and Schubert. He studied at the Purcell School, the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He is currently Head of Chamber Music at the RNCM and tutor in piano and chamber music at Chetham’s School of Music. Tickets are available in advance from 01403 252602, email [email protected], online from www.wegottickets.com/HorshamMusicCircle, Horsham Museum 01403 211661 and on the door.
And ending on a comedy note, on February 28 we hosted the first heat of the Sussex Comedian of the Year Award at Horsham Sports Club. Our Culture Ambassador Luke went along and here’s what he had to say:
“As soon as the event kicked off I couldn’t stop laughing! The high standard was set by the host and then each of the contestants in turn raised the bar. Each of them had me in stitches. I will definitely be going to the other heats and hopefully the final.”
Heat 2 will take place at the Shelley Arms pub in Broadbridge Heath on 14 March with a further two heats before the grand final – who will be crowned Sussex Comedian of the Year?
Always remember to check out our website for the most up to date events guide and to book events. Don’t forget also our hard copy programme which gives an excellent taste of what’s planned. Programmes are available at Horsham Museum and Art Gallery, The Capitol, Steyning Bookshop, all libraries throughout the District and other outlets.
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