Midhurst Music Society (MMS) 2017 Made with Xara
Carols in the Walled Garden Some time ago we were approached by the owners of the Midhurst Walled Garden, beside the Cowdray ruins, to consider performing at their annual Christmas carol event, together with the Petworth Town Band. This seemed too good an opportunity to miss and would bring MMS to the attention of a wider clientele An article in the local paper announced the coming event so a good audience was expected. The carol concert took place in the restored buildings beside the Walled Garden where we were closely packed in beside the band, resplendent in their colourful uniforms, and a large and rather noisy audience. We were the “warm-up act” and sang a number of our well-rehearsed pieces while the hall filled up. Then we joined with the band to lead the singing of carols. It was a most enjoyable evening and we are grateful for the opportunity to take part and to “network” with the Petworth Band. Mary was able to discuss the possibility of joint concerts with the band, perhaps in Midhurst. It was a great evening. We look forward to next year’s event and to other activities in the Walled Garden
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. 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. Despite considerable background noise from the large gathering we stayed in tune in the unaccompanied items - well done! Mince pies, mulled wine and fruit punch were enjoyed by all of the singers. Town and Country gave us a cheque for MMS funds and have since e-mailed to express their appreciation for our part in a very successful evening.
Midhurst Music Society performed Dvorak’s Stabat Mater  at the 2017 Petersfield Musical Festival as part of a hundred plus mixed choir on Saturday 25th March. The concert had been rehearsed by Festival Conductor, Paul Spicer over several months and offered an exciting opportunity for small classical choral societies to enjoy singing a major choral concert accompanied by a full symphony orchestra. Mary Knight, MMS’ Director of Music said: I am really proud of the way our members have worked so hard to learn this music. We were looking forward to the performance when we would join the soloists and orchestra. It was an exciting experience for our choir.
MMS at Petersfield Musical Festival
MMS Singers with Festival Conductor, Paul Spicer (Right)
News from MMS
In March 2018 MMS will again join other local choirs to sing in the Petersfield Musical Festival. We will be performing two choral works, one is the challenging and unusual “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Britten, the other is the more familiar “Requiem” by Mozart. Rehearsals for those works will be included in the normal weekly programme of MMS rehearsals. YouTube performances of the works and access to the voice parts can be found on the “Parts” page.