A musical interlude with the Horsham District Year of Culture

As we approach the end of the Horsham District Year of Culture, there are still some incredible events taking place, with three of these taking place in the historic St Mary’s Church in the Causeway in Horsham town centre.


The Shipley Festival, supported by the Year of Culture, sees the String Academy inviting 20 gifted and talented young string players to join them in playing alongside the string orchestra from the world-renowned Yehudi Menuhin School. This is part of a large-scale performance project involving a 250-strong children’s choir from local schools.

A massed choir of children from Horsham and local District schools, including The Weald, Windlesham House, William Penn and Great Ballard will perform with the string orchestra from The Yehudi Menuhin School and the String Academy. Together, they breathe fiery life into a dragon-themed concert!

Molly Betts, aged 14, from Millais School, has been selected as one of the violin players and says, ‘I am very excited to be asked to be part of the Dragons project. This is an amazing opportunity to learn new music with the Yehudi Menuhin school. The Dragon pieces are beautiful to play. I am learning so much, and I’m looking forward to the concert at St Mary’s Church.’

Dragons is a selection of fun and fiery songs composed by Malcolm Singer, with lyrics from the dragon-themed poems of Nick Toczek, including The Dragon who ate our School, Speaking Dragonese and The Child who Pretended to be a Dragon. Malcolm is Director of Music at the Yehudi Menuhin School, and a professor of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

This project, which will be one of the finale highlights of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, culminates in a concert set in the stunning St Mary’s Church in Horsham. Booking is essential for this event which takes place on Thursday 21st November at 7pm. Tickets are bookable on The Capitol’s website atwww.thecapitolhorsham.com.

D’arcy Twinkwon and Friends

Join international concert organist D’Arcy Trinkwon and Friends for a programme of popular organ music paired with words and readings by Nigel Parkin. D’Arcy has performed in concert halls, cathedrals and churches throughout the world and has also appeared on radio and television.

“The supremely gifted organ virtuoso D’Arcy Trinkwon. His subtle yet magisterial command of the instrument was spellbinding: he knows no technical difficulties and his playing was in total accord.” – The Organ

This concert forms part of the Shipley Festival and takes place on Friday 15th November at St Mary’s Church in Horsham. This is the oldest existing building in Horsham and has a fine Father Willis organ.

Tickets for the event are £15 and must be booked in advance via The Capitol’s website atwww.thecapitolhorsham.com.

With Cheerful Notes

With Cheerful Notes is a Concert of works by Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, accompanied by a baroque Orchestra.

Over the past few seasons, Horsham Chamber Choir has been accompanied by a harp, a group of sackbuts, a baroque string ensemble and baroque flutes, and a consort of violas.

On Saturday 23rd November, the Choir, under the direction of Jenny Hansell, is performing again with the period string ensembleCavalli Consort in a concert entitled ‘With cheerful notes’.  This time the strings will be joined by baroque oboes in a programme of music by the three big baroque composers – Bach, Handel and Vivaldi. Movements from two of Handel’s anthems written for the first Duke of Chandos, a setting of the Magnificat by Vivaldi and Lobet den Herrn, Bach’s large scale setting of the shortest psalm (117) are the main works in this programme of music in praise of God. Indeed, as the concert title suggests, there will be many ‘cheerful notes’ sung and played so do go and listen.

The concert is being held in St Mary’s Church; mulled apple juice will be served from 4pm and the concert will end by 6.30pm. To book tickets, call 07730 983314 or email[email protected]. Tickets are also available on the door.

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