THE 2020 SUSSEX AUTUMN FESTIVAL
AUTUMN EMF TO GO AHEAD

Following the UK Government’s announcement on 9 September of the revision to its rules regarding social gatherings in England, the Culture Secretary has confirmed that live indoor performances will continue to be permitted, provided that audiences remain physically distanced and that the venue is “COVID-secure”. After consultation with St Mary’s Church, therefore, we are very pleased to be able to say that the 2020 Autumn EMF will go ahead as planned.

We are absolutely delighted that the EMF is playing its part in restarting music-making in the UK and that our Autumn Festival will be going ahead this year. We have been very aware of the plight of musicians in this country, so many of whom have lost so much work and, therefore, income since concerts stopped in March, and we have been deeply concerned about the future of concerts and live music in the wake of the lockdown. We are therefore doing what we can to rectify matters by arranging events, starting with an Autumn Festival at St Mary’s Church in Horsham, Sussex.

 

The Festival will begin on the evening of Friday 9 October 2020 and will run through the whole of Saturday 10 October. The programme may be viewed on this page; and booking can be made through our Online Box Office. Spaces are strictly limited due to physical distancing of audiences, so we recommend early booking: tickets will only be available on the door if any spaces are left, which we cannot guarantee.

 

We will be following all government and World Health Organisation recommendations and policies to keep our audiences safe (including face coverings for all audience members except those who are exempt, physical distancing throughout the church, hand sanitising stations and one-way systems around the venue), so, for those of you who might be nervous about venturing out, please rest assured that the Festival will be taking place in a safe environment.

 

Putting on an event at such a time is naturally a financially risky venture, and the Festival has already been very badly hit by COVID-19, so we strongly exhort those of you who are able to join us for this event, please to do so. We and the musicians are absolutely relying upon your support, as the Festival simply cannot be in a position where it makes a loss; furthermore (and just as importantly) as full a house as possible would be most encouraging and heartening for our artists. So, please: come along and enjoy a wonderful weekend’s music-making!

 

 

THE CHANCEL OF ST MARY’S, HORSHAM

Reproduced with permission

 

REACHING HORSHAM

 

Horsham is easy to reach by car and by public transport. It is situated about a mile east of the A24, which joins the M25 to the north and the A272 and the A27 to the south. The railway station is close to the town centre and trains run from London Victoria, Peterborough and Southampton Central.

 

The Church’s own car park, situated close to the church just off Causeway, will be available after 6pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. There are also two public car parks within easy walking distance of the Church: the Forum on Blackhorse Way; and Denne Road Car Park.

 

 

MAP

 

The map below shows Horsham town centre. St Mary’s Church, Denne Road Car Park and the railway station are all labelled; the Church’s car park and Forum Car Park have designated markers.

 

CHURCH CAR PARK
FORUM CAR PARK

 

 

ADDRESSES

ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
ST MARY’S CHURCH CAR PARK
The Church Centre, Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
DENNE ROAD CAR PARK
9 Talbot Lane, Horsham, RH12 1JH
FORUM CAR PARK
Blackhorse Way, Horsham, RH12 1NU
RAILWAY STATION
North Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RD

 

 

 

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We are absolutely delighted that the EMF is playing its part in restarting music-making in the UK and that our Autumn Festival will be going ahead this year, with concerts beginning on the evening of Friday 9th October and continuing throughout Saturday 10th October. The programme may be viewed on this page; and booking can be made through our Online Box Office.

We will be following all government and World Health Organisation recommendations and policies at the Autumn Festival to keep our audiences safe (including face coverings for all audience members except those who are exempt, physical distancing throughout the church, hand sanitising stations and one-way systems around the venue), so, for those of you who might be nervous about venturing out, please rest assured that the Festival will be taking place in a safe environment.

Thank you so much to all who contributed to the 2020 Online English Music Festival: to the artists and speakers who provided such wonderful concerts and talks; and to the audience members who purchased tickets for the online performances, thus helping to support the Festival and the musicians during this period of difficulty and uncertainty. Your support is most warmly appreciated.

If you would like more details about our Friends’ Scheme, please follow this link to our ‘Friends’ Scheme’ page for a description of the tiers and their benefits, together with information about how to join.

Our recording arm, EM Records, has released a number of exciting new recordings, including a triple-disc set of Parry’s complete works for violin and piano and a disc of searingly beautiful choral works by Paul Carr and others. Please visit the EM Records website for full details of these and others!