Thank you for the music

We say ‘thank you for the music’ as there has been plenty of music during the Horsham District Year of Culture with lots more to come! Here are just some of the musical events taking place as part of the Year of Culture this month.

Shipley Arts Festival – Opera Holloway

Come to Sullington Barn on 21st September to see Opera Holloway return to Shipley Arts Festival with Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’, a thrilling and passionate portrayal of a Parisian love story as depicted by one of Opera’s true legends.

Conducted by Lewis Gaston and directed by Fiona Williams, we follow the unfolding love story of Mimi and Rudolfo from its joyous beginnings to the bitter end.

The performance features returning artists Samuel Oram, Callie Gaston and Lorena Paz who have all received wonderful reviews performing with Opera Holloway in the past few years.

Puccini wrote ‘La Boheme’ in 1896 when Sullington Barn would have been in agricultural use having originated from medieval times. In 2013 the barn and its magnificent 17th century roof were restored with financial assistance and historical advice from Natural England and the venue is sure to delight audiences as they enjoy the moving performance.

Tickets are £21.50, find out more and book your tickets via the Shipley Arts Festival website

Shipley Arts Festival – Stradivarius Piano Trio

On 27th September, the Stradivarius Piano Trio returns for a third year to Eartham House, the home of Great Ballard School, to give a recital in the intimate 18th Century Drawing Room, where poets, artists, MPs and High Sheriffs have all lived in days gone by.

The performance will include Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons’, Mendelssohn’s ‘Trio in D minor’, and other popular tunes.

During the afternoon before the concert, the trio will also perform for the pupils at Great Ballard School – a firm favourite in the school calendar!

Tickets are £36.50, including canapés and refreshments. Come along to celebrate this extraordinary performance by booking your tickets via the Festival website, For more information and to book tickets, go to

Ashington Ukelele & Singalong Festival

The Ashington Centre takes to the big stage on Saturday September 28th to host its very first Ukelele & Singalong Festival.

It costs just £3.00 to get in and children under 12 years old can go for free. There are lots of local acts playing to reflect the rapid rise in popularity of this amazingly versatile, inexpensive and fun instrument.

The Festival will cater for all standards of players, not forgetting those who would like to learn to play but may have never even laid a finger on one of these endearing instruments. So, if you fancy a play along, singing the blues or just having a great time this is the event to come to.

Tweethearts – Pulborough Harvest Fair

Come and help pour when the clock strikes four – everything stops for tea!

When Miss Maisie and Miss Daisie have to close the Sweetheart Tea Shop, the birds who live in the eaves and feed on leftover cake decide to open for business as usual. Mayhem ensues as Wren and Sparrow battle baking, fight with flour and tinker with tea leaves – and deal with some very cross customers!

A heart-warming interactive adventure, with live music, beautiful puppets and an enchanting tea shop setting. Tweethearts is a perfect relaxed introduction for young children to the magic of theatre.

Rust & Stardust is a Sussex-based puppet theatre company. They are passionate about stories, folklore and mythology, and inspired by the natural world, unconventional performance spaces and all things homegrown and handmade. This event takes place at the Pulborough Harvest Fair on Saturday 28th September, and is organised for the Year of Culture as part of the 52 project.

Little Notes Lullaby Lounge

This special evening, on Monday 30th September, is for Horsham District’s very youngest residents: The Bumps!

Starting with some refreshments and a chance to mingle with other bumps and their owners, Mark and Lou Bradbury (founders of Little Notes, bringing live music to young families across the UK) will chat through the latest research into the benefits of pre-natal music, exploring the theory that babies in the womb benefit from hearing music and song.

They’ll share some live music especially for the bumps in the room as well some lullabies for you to get ready to sing to your baby before and after they’re born.

Mark and Lou will share their experiences of making music with hundreds of babies across the Horsham District, with some top tips to help you prepare for your baby’s first musical moments! This event is suitable for families at all stages of pregnancy (please feel free to bring a partner or friend along too, if you’d like to). Find out more in the events section of the Year of Culture website.

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.

You can follow the Year of Culture on Twitter @HDculture2019, Instagram @HDculture2019 and on Facebook, or sign up for the regular newsletter via the website.

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