2020 CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

Following the success of and the high audience acclaim for the EMF’s Autumn Festival, held in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Horsham, we are delighted to be bringing some Christmas concerts to the same venue on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December.

 

The centrepiece of these concerts is A Christmas Garland, a cornucopia of works written specially for this concert by a numer of today’s leading composers, including David Matthews, Thomas Hewitt-Jones, Cecilia McDowall, Roderick Williams, and Sir James MacMillan. Alongside this glorious new work, which celebrates Christmas in all its aspects from snowy melancholy through to rapture at the Holy Birth, we present Sir Hubert Parry’s youthfully energetic Freundschaftslieder (“Songs of Friendship”) for violin and piano as well as a number of attractive and seasonal works for harp, played by local harpist Heather Wrighton.

 

The second concert promises to bring the sparkle and joy of Christmas to our audiences, with Oxford Liedertafel featuring in a programme of favourite Christmas carols and much-loved part-songs, from Vaughan Williams’s Linden Lea and Elgar’s As torrents in summer through to choral works by Tallis and Byrd. They are joined by celebrated counter-tenor James Bowman as guest reader.

 

Please join us for what promises to be an exhilarating and celebratory couple of concerts — the perfect overture to Christmas. The full programme can be viewed by following this link; and tickets may be purchased from our online Box Office. Details of St Mary’s Church, travel to Horsham, and parking in the town are available on this page.

 

THE CHANCEL OF ST MARY’S, HORSHAM

Reproduced with permission

 

We will be following all government and World Health Organisation recommendations and policies to keep our audiences safe (including face coverings for all audience members except those who are exempt, physical distancing throughout the church, hand sanitising stations and one-way systems around the venue), so, for those of you who might be nervous about venturing out, please rest assured that the Festival will be taking place in a safe environment.

 

 

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Following the success of and the high audience acclaim for the EMF’s Autumn Festival, held in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church, Horsham, we are delighted to be bringing some Christmas concerts to the same venue on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 December. The full programme can be viewed by following this link; and tickets may be purchased from our online Box Office. Details of St Mary’s Church, travel to Horsham, and parking in the town are available on this page.

Thank you to all who made the Autumn Festival in Horsham such a success: to the artists, for their wonderfully committed, moving and enjoyable performances; to all those volunteers who helped before and during the Festival; and, of course, to all those at St Mary’s Church for their generosity in opening their beautiful building to us and thereby providing the EMF with such a marvellous venue in which to hold our first live concerts since March.

All the Autumn EMF concerts were filmed and will be available to view on this website shortly. We will be making a modest charge for access – this is to cover the costs of production and also to enable us to pay a royalty to the performers, thereby helping to increase their income during what remains a very difficult time for music and musicians. More details will be available soon.

If you would like more details about our Friends’ Scheme, please follow this link to our ‘Friends’ Scheme’ page for a description of the tiers and their benefits, together with information about how to join.