Friday 4th November 2022 – 7.30pm

A Celebration of Shelley

St Mary’s Church, The Causeway, Horsham 

Angharad Lyddon – mezzo soprano

Chris Aldridge – reader

Percy Bysshe Shelley, one of the great Romantic poets, was born in Field Place, Warnham, spent his early life in and around Horsham and died in a boating accident 200 years ago. We’re joined by a couple of notable Sussex residents – BBC Radio 4’s Chris Aldridge and Angahrad Lyddon, finalist in the Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 – for a programme combining readings of some of Shelley’s most iconic poems with complementary music by Beethoven, Walton, Vaughan Williams and Bridge plus a setting of The Sunset by Ottorino Respighi, and Another Orpheus, a wonderfully dramatic score by John Hawkins based on an excerpt from Shelleys’ Hellas. 

Shelley concert poster

Programme to include


Beethoven – String Quartet in F Minor op.95, excerpts

William Walton – Two Pieces from Henry V Suite

Vaughan Williams – excerpt from The Lark Ascending 

Frank Bridge – Nocturne from Suite for Strings

John Hawkins – Another Orpheus

Ottorino Respighi – Il Tramonto


To Liberty, Ozymandias, To a Skylark, excerpt from Queen Mab, A Summer-Evening Churchyard, Lechlade, excerpt from Hellas, The Sunset, Goodnight

Coming soon…

Oliver Twist

We’re planning a showing of the 1922 version of Oliver Twistfeaturing Jackie Coogan fantastic score by Neil Brand played live. Neil was born and grew up in Burgess Hill but is now very well known as one of the best silent film accompanists in the world and presenter of a number of highly acclaimed BBC series including The Sound of Cinema, The Sound of Musicals and The Sound of TV.

The Seven Deadly Sins
Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins, his last collaboration with Berthold Brecht, was commissioned by Edward James who owned the West Dean estate near Chichester.