A fiery evening of Dragons in Horsham

With over 300  young performers, singers and instrumentalists, St Mary’s Church Horsham was filled to capacity for the closing event of the Shipley Arts and Horsham Festivals, supported by the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.

Children came together from across the county to perform Malcolm Singer’s “Dragons”, conducted by Malcolm. More than 60 of the world’s most talented musicians from the Yehudi Menuhin School and the String Academy together with a number of talented string players from schools across the Horsham District. They were joined by a choir of 250 with children from Great Ballard School, Southwater, Greenway, Windlesham, Bohunt Horsham, Leechpool, Southwater, and The Weald.

The pupils had been taught by their superb music teachers during the term and attending workshops as part of Andrew Bernardi’s festival finale to bring music to as many people as possible at the highest level in the community and across all ages and backgrounds. They were also joined by the Festival’s professional musicians who share this vision as part of the international careers in a unique opportunity for young pupils.

Our Year of Culture Ambassador, Peter Reeve from RMV Productions, attended the event and commented;

“The Dragons concert was like nothing I’ve heard before. Each month the Year of Culture events seem to get better and better and this was no exception. It was quite remarkable to see so many young talented musicians and singers from the local area come together to perform such a variety of orchestral and choral arrangements.

If just a small percentage of these 300 young people are inspired after taking part in this concert to pursue music and the arts then the Horsham District Year of Culture’s legacy will be something not only Horsham but the whole of the UK can be proud of.”

The evening was inspirational and aspirational and as well as performing “Dragons,” the orchestra also performed some extremely moving compositions including Shipley Arts commission ‘Margraves Dream’ to mirror Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and by Malcolm Singer, Bloch’s ‘Nigun’ arranged for violin by Malcolm, and Finzi’s Eclogue with international pianist in residence Maria Marchant.

Shipley Arts Festival has run throughout the year engaging with communities and this evening that was also supported by the Arts Council and Horsham really did achieve this.

With thanks to Toovey’s, Nyetimber, Kreston Reeves, NFU Mutual Henfield, Wakefields for Rolex and Rossana with the Year of Culture without whom there would be no festival, and to all the schools involved.

There may be less than 2 months to go until the end of the Year of Culture, but there is still plenty happening! Follow @hdculture2019 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay up to date, #LightUpHorsham starts on 30th November and you won’t want to miss it!

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