Midhurst Music Society (MMS) 2017 Made with Xara
Carols in the Walled Garden (again) On Sunday December 3rd. we paid our second visit to the Walled Garden in Midhurst to perform carols and other Christmas music for the guests attending a fund-raising function in aid of Chestnut Tree House, the childrens’ hospice and care home. We were the “warm up act”, singing as the guests arrived and as the Petworth Town Band set up for their later performance. Despite distractions the music went well and we were able to perform to a large, if rather noisy, audience. We later supported the band as they played familiar carols for the guests to sing. An opportunity was taken to distribute small cards welcoming potential new members to MMS - thank you Julie for producing the cards! We now have quite an extensive repertoire of interesting pieces that we can perform at such functions - including our very own version of Pachelbel’s Canon “We are friends”. Let’s hope for more opportunities to display our talents.
Singing for our supper In 2015 we sang carols for the clients and guests at the King Edward Vll apartments. In 2016 we were invited back by Town and Country to repeat the performance and we were invited again this year. On Thursday December 14th, in the elegant, and acoustically-encouraging surroundings of the former dining hall, now a comfortably-furnished lounge, we invited the many guests to join in familiar carols. We also sang some of the seasonal pieces that we had prepared for earlier events, including “We are friends”. Despite considerable background noise from the large gathering we stayed in tune in the unaccompanied items - well done! Mince pies, mulled wine and mulled Apple juice were enjoyed by all of the singers. Town and Country gave us a cheque for MMS funds and expressed their appreciation for our part in a very successful evening, as did several of the guests who complimented us on our singing. Once again, MMS invitation cards were distributed among the guests
Paul Spicer, Festival Conductor,  said: ‘It is wonderful that the Midhurst Music Society is joining us again this year in these two works. It is one of the great strengths of the Petersfield Festival Chorus that it brings together a lot of great amateur singers to perform larger-scale works which they might not otherwise have the opportunity or resources to perform by themselves. Long may they continue to be involved!’  Mary Knight, MMS’ Musical Director, added "Our members have worked very hard to learn these two wonderful pieces and now feel a great sense of achievement. We are looking forward eagerly to singing in the concert."  For more information about this year’s Petersfield Festival, go to www.petersfieldmusicalfestival.org.uk.   Looking ahead, Midhurst Music Society has already commenced rehearsals for a series of summer concerts in June and August that will be performed in Midhurst. New singers are warmly invited to join this friendly music society; check our website for details of rehearsal dates and how to contact us: www.midhurstmusic.org   
MMS at Petersfield Musical Festival
MMS Singers with Festival Conductor, Paul Spicer (third from left)
News from MMS
OnMarch 17th 2018 MMS again joined other local choirs to sing in the Petersfield Musical Festival. We performed two choral works, one was the challenging and unusual “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Britten, the other was the more familiar “Requiem” by Mozart. Choirs were accompanied by the Hampshire County Youth Orchestra. Rehearsals for those works were included in the normal weekly programme of MMS rehearsals.