Newsletter 3rd October 2021

Horsham Music Circle Concert at the Barn – Sunday 19th September

As part of the launch of Horsham Music Circle’s 80th Season we are delighted to be asked to host a concert by the Fontanella recorder ensemble in their UK tour. This remarkable recorder ensemble features four of the UK’s leading players – Rebecca Austen-Brown, Louise Bradbury, Sarah Humphrys and Annabel Knight. The group have been praised by the critics for ‘the quality of their ensemble playing … like a bit of magic’ . Equally at home with specialist early music audiences, music clubs and festivals and in the recording studio, Fontanella has performed across Britain and Europe, including special festival appearances in Italy, Iceland and Finland and concerts in all corners of the UK. The individual members of the ensemble also all have diverse and busy performing careers.

They appear on Sunday 19th September with their programme ‘The Delightful Companion’. Fontanella entertains audiences of all ages in programmes designed to bring the history of the recorder to life. The programme paints a colourful landscape of musical life in post-Restoration England! Performed on an array of instruments from the tiny garklein to the great sub-contra bass. This concert is Supported by a grant from the Continuo Foundation. There will be two 1 hour performances at 4.30pm and 7.00pm at the Causeway Barn.

Audience attendance will be limited to between 40-50 per concert dependent on household booking numbers. PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE (No tickets on sale at the door) by phone 01403 252602 (answer machine), email, or online at

Stane Street Sinfonietta at St Mary’s

Amore – Summer Music for Strings

Saturday 17th July – 2.00 – 4.00 – 6.00

St Mary’s Church, The Causeway, Horsham

The Stane Street Sinfonietta strings return to the concert stage with a fantastic programme that’s perfect for the summer.

Sandwiched between the Concertino for Clarinet, Gordon Jacob’s delightful arrangement of music by Tartini, and Greig’s much-loved Holberg Suite, is the very beautiful Amore by Robert Hanson, originally composed for the Allegri String Quartet and arranged for string orchestra in 2011.

With the fantastic players of Stane Street Sinfonietta and featuring the orchestra’s conductor, Steve Dummer, as soloist, what better way to bring some calm and most importantly, some Amore to your lives!

Tickets – £12 and £5 for under 18s – only available in advance.

Choose from three different performance times – 2.00, 4.00 and 6.00


Because of the uncertainty regarding the end to lockdown regualtions, tickets are limited to 75 per performance to allow for socially distanced seating. We’ll update here if there are any changes.

Many thanks for your support! It’s been a very difficult time for many in the arts and the loss of earnings due to closed concert venues and theatres continues to have a detrimental affect. Things will soon start getting back to normal but for some of our players it will take a long time for their earning potential to return to anything like its pre-lockdown levels. Please consider making an extra donation to support our musicians.

Lunchtime Recitals by St Mary’s Musicians

Lunchtime Recitals by St Mary’s Musicians – 1pm at St Mary’s Church


Wednesday 7th July

Zoe Eborn on Violin & Susie Asli on Viola

 Wednesday 14th July

Jeremy Weaver on the Organ

 Wednesday 21st July

Nancy Durance singing Soprano with accompanist Jeremy Weaver

 Wednesday 28th July

Zoe Eborn on Violin & Jeremy Weaver on Piano

 Wednesday 4th August

Mike Overend on the Organ





There is no charge but donations will be very gratefully received on the day with all proceeds going towards the Choir’s trip to Exeter Cathedral in 2022.
All are welcome to attend and there is no requirement to pre-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 / 01403 253762

Stane Street Sinfonietta returns to St Mary’s on Saturday 22nd May

Neil Brand and Stane Street Sinfonietta celebrate Laurel and Hardy on Saturday 22nd May with three peformances at 4pm, 6pm and 8pm.

We are excited to welcome back the Stane Street Sinfonietta with a very special event. Joining them will be Neil Brand (composer, dramatist, expert in playing and composing for silent movies and recently seen as the presenter of BBC’s Sound of Cinema and Sound of Television series) for an exploration into the early lives and career of the world’s greatest comedy duo – Laurel and Hardy.

The show culminates in a screening of the 1928 classic short You’re Darn Tootin’ with Stane Street Sinfonietta under conductor Steve Dummer playing Neil’s original score.

Tickets – £15 and £5 for under 18s – only available in advance.

Choose from three different performance times 4.00pm, 6.00pm and 8.00pm

Tickets available from the Stane Street Sinfonietta website: 

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:, and tickets are available to purchase here:

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 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

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.