Friday 9th September 2022 – 7.30pm

St Mary’s Church, The Causeway, Horsham 

Star cellist Laura van der Heijden, who was born and grew up in East Grinstead, became a household name in 2012 when she won the BBC Young Musician competition and is now becoming firmly established on the world stage. We’re delighted to invite her back to Sussex to play the inventive and mercurial A Minor Cello Concerto by CPE Bach with us. 

We’re also playing Mozart – the ever-popular Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and the Adagio and Fugue in C Minor – plus a wonderful piece by the late lamented Robert Hanson that we played in St Mary’s in 2021. Robert’s daughter, Ros Hanson-Laurent is one of Stane Street Sinfonietta’s team which makes the performance especially poignant.

Laura van der Heijden concert poster

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

Coming soon…

Hitchcock’s Blackmail

We’re planning a showing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 classic silent film Blackmail with a 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.

“I’ve seen Blackmail many times but never like that – Neil Brand’s score was amazing, it picked out so many details that you might miss without the music being there, and it really brought the film to life.” Matthew Sweet – ‘Caught on Film’ BBC Radio 4

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.