English Music Festival Returns to St Mary’s 28-31 May

We are delighted that current legislation means that the 2021 May English Music Festival will be able to take place at St Mary’s over the Spring Bank Holiday (28-31 May 2021).

Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, the Festival will  have more of an emphasis on chamber-music and song recitals. The full programme is available at this page.

Should the date for re-starting live events be pushed back by the Government beyond the start-date of the Festival for any reason, the events will be filmed with the same programmes and artists, and the entire Festival will be available online instead. Under these circumstances, any tickets purchased for a live event will be valid for the equivalent event online.

The full 2021 programme is available here . Booking is now open to all — the online Box Office may be found on this page.

English Music Festival concerts

Tickets now available for online viewing of December English Music Festival concerts

The English Music Fesstival (EMF) are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for the online screenings of their two concerts, held at St Mary’s Church in Horsham last month. The films are priced £12 each, or £20 for both films; you can view the full programmes here: www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/2020-christmas-concerts/programme.php, and tickets are available to purchase here: www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/2020-christmas-concerts/film-tickets/01-selection.php.

The first film features a harp / harp and piano recital in the first half, with a number of delightful works by composers such as Britten and Rutter, while the second half features Parry’s Freundschaftslieder followed by A Christmas Garland, comprising captivating and beautiful commissions from Cecilia McDowall, David Matthews, Paul Carr, Richard Blackford, Roderick Williams, Paul Lewis, John Pickard, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Richard Pantcheff and Graham Keitch. The second concert, given by vocal quartet Oxford Liedertafel, with sometimes touching, sometimes hilarious (and always entertaining) readings by celebrated countertenor James Bowman, includes carols and part-songs by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Sullivan, Tallis, Byrd, Henry VIII, Dowland, Campion and Cornysh.

The full Programme Book is also available to purchase as a companion to the films, either as a PDF or a hard copy, sent to you by post. Please visit www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk for further information.

Confirmation Service Sunday 28th February

Bishop Ruth has provisionally booked in her diary to visit us at St Mary’s on the morning of Sunday 28th February, to conduct a confirmation service, primarily because we have several candidates who began their confirmation preparation before the 1st lockdown last March!

We will decide nearer the time if it will be safe and appropriate for this service to take place, but in the meantime, if you would like to find out more about confirmation and explore getting confirmed yourself please do get in touch via the office on 01403 253762 or office@horshamstmarys.org.uk

2021 Lent Course starting 25th February

Chichester Diocese is offering a Lent course for 2021 called ‘Cracked Wide Open’, which we will run jointly between our 3 churches, on Thursday mornings at 10am & Thursday evenings at 7.30pm, starting on Thursday 25th February. You can sign up here.

Horsham Team Parish Online Service Sunday 17th January 10:00

Our online service on Sunday 17th January will be put together by the St Leonard’s team, and will be available on our website, https://www.stmaryshorsham.org.uk and facebook page from 10:00 am as usual.

There will also be the opportunity to chat together on zoom after the service for any who would like to (bring your own coffee and biscuits!) which will be from 11:00am. Just contact the Parish Office for the Zoom details.

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Coffee and Chat by Zoom at 11:00 on Sundays

We are now offering a chance for online ‘coffee and chat’ after the service, though you will need to provide your own tea, coffee and biscuits!

We will use zoom for this, and depending on numbers we will break out into smaller groups (breakout rooms) in order to chat to just a few others, and reconnect with different members of our church family.

This will start at 11:00am. Just contact the church office for the details on 01403 253762 or office@horshamstmarys.org.uk

Horsham Parish Team Online Service 10:00am Sunday 10th January

Our online service this Sunday will be put together by the Holy Trinity team, and will be available on our website, https://www.stmaryshorsham.org.uk and facebook page from 10:00 am as usual.

There will also be the opportunity to chat together on zoom after the service for any who would like to (bring your own coffee and biscuits!) which will be from 11:00am. Just contact the Parish Office for the Zoom details.


Lunchtime Recital by St Mary’s Musicians – Wednesday 16th December at 1pm

All are welcome to attend this lunchtime recital to enjoy listening to Jeremy Weaver on the piano, Zoe Eborn on the violin and Oscar van huet Lindeman on the cello.

Donations will be very gratefully received on the day with all proceeds going to the Horsham Parish Covid-19 Recovery Appeal.

There is no need to book, however, numbers will be limited in line with social distancing guidelines.

To guarantee a seat please visit the ‘What’s On’ page on the St Mary’s Church website or contact the Parish Office on office@horshamstmarys.org.uk / 01403 253762

We hope to see you there!

English Music Festival Christmas Concerts at St Mary’s – 17th and 18th December. Booking Now Open!

The English Music Festival team is once again returning to St Mary’s, this time with a stunning programme of two evening Christmas Concerts.

On Thursday 17th December at 7pm you can enjoy:

  • A Christmas Garland: compromising works written specially for the occasion by David Matthews, Roderick Williams, Sir James MacMillan, Richard Blackford, Cecilia McDowall and others.
  • Sir Hubert Parry: Freundschaftslieder
  • Music for harp / harp and piano by Paul Lewis, John Rutter, Benjamin Britten and others

On Friday 18th December at 7pm the programme will feature vocal music from the court of King Henry VIII, part-songs by Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Sir Arthur Sullivan, and favourite Christmas carols.

Tickets are £18 for one concert or £30 for both concerts and are available from www.englishmusicfestival.org.uk/2020-christmas-concerts/box-office.php

For further information please contact the Festival Director, Em Marshall-Luck at em.marshall-luck@englishmusicfestival.org.uk or on 07808 473889.

Stane Street Sinfonietta are back at St Mary’s for a Christmas Concert this Saturday – 12th December! Tickets Available Now!

Stane Street Sinfonietta bring a programme of seasonal treats to St Mary’s Church, Horsham for three performances on Saturday 12th December at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm


  • Corelli’s Christmas Concerto,
  • Vivaldi’s Winter from The Four Seasons
  • Frank Bridge’s dazzling arrangement of the traditional Christmas Dance Sir Roger de Coverley
  • plus other festive music and readings including new arragements of well known carols and Christmas songs.

Tickets, at £12 and £5 for under 18s, are limited to 75 per performance to allow for socially distanced seating.

For more information and to book tickets please visit: http://www.stanestreetsinfonietta.com/