PROGRAMME

The 2021 May EMF is scheduled for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (28 to 31 May) and will most certainly be going ahead as a “live” event if public gatherings are permitted. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, the Festival will be rather different in format to our usual May Festivals, with more of an emphasis on chamber-music and song recitals. Also, because of the continued requirement for physical distancing of audience members, it has not proved possible to hold the EMF in Dorchester-on-Thames this year, as, sadly, the venues do not have sufficient capacity to admit large enough audiences to make the events financially viable. We are, however, delighted that St Mary’s Church in Horsham will, once again, been welcoming us; and that the town’s historic Drill Hall – just a few hundred yards from the Church – will be hosting some of our events.

 

According to the UK Government’s “roadmap out of lockdown”, live public performances, with limited audience numbers, will be allowed from 17 May, although this represents the earliest date at which the current ban on concerts will be lifted. Should this date be pushed back beyond the start-date of the Festival for any reason, the events will be filmed in the same venues and with the same programmes and artists, and we will put the entire Festival online instead. Under these circumstances, any tickets purchased for a live event will be valid for the equivalent online event.

 

The full programme for the 2021 EMF is given below. Booking for members of the Festival’s Friends’ Scheme will open on 7 March, with general booking opening on 15 March.

 

Friday 28 May
5.00pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

TALK: Gustav Holst and a Story of Thematic Transformation

DR JOSEPH FORT

£6.00
7.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

PETER WARLOCK: Capriol Suite

HENRY PURCELL (arr. BRITTEN): Chaconne

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto accademico

WALTER LEIGH: Music for Strings

GUSTAV HOLST: St Paul’s Suite

JOHN IRELAND: A Downland Suite

ORCHESTRA OF THE SWAN

DAVID LE PAGE | conductor

£25.00
Saturday 29 May
11.00am
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

ARTHUR BLISS: Sonata for Violin and Piano

HERBERT HOWELLS: Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3 in E minor, op.38

FREDERICK DELIUS: Sonata for Violin and Piano no.3

GERALD FINZI (arr. HOWARD FERGUSON): Introit

EDGAR BAINTON: Willows

EDGAR BAINTON: The Making of the Nightingale

EDGAR BAINTON: Variations and Fugue in B minor
WORLD PREMIÈRE PERFORMANCE

JOHN IRELAND: Sonata for Violin and Piano no.2 in A minor

RUPERT MARSHALL-LUCK | violin

DUNCAN HONEYBOURNE | piano

£20.00
2.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

SHAKESPEARE IN SONG AND VERSE

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH: Tomorrow is St Valentine’s Day

HENRY PURCELL: If Music be the Food of Love

ROGER QUILTER: O Mistress Mine

MADELEINE DRING: Under the Greenwood Tree

MICHAEL TIPPETT: Full Fathom Five

MICHAEL TIPPETT: Where the Bee Sucks

JOHN CHRISTOPHER SMITH: You Spotted Snakes

ERIC COATES: Who is Sylvia?

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Fancie

HUBERT PARRY: Blow, blow, thou Winter Wind

ROGER QUILTER: Come away, Death

JOSEPH HOROVITZ: Lady Macbeth: A Scena

MADELEINE DRING: Take, O take those lips away

ARTHUR SULLIVAN: The Willow Song

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH: The Song of the Willow

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH: And will a’ not come again?

GERALD FINZI: Fear no more the heat o’ the Sun

LUCY STEVENS | singer & actor

ELIZABETH MARCUS | piano

£20.00
5.00pm
THE DRILL HALL
Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF

TALK: Percy Sherwood, Musician: An Englishman in Dresden; a Foreigner in London

DR JOSEPH SPOONER

£6.00
7.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Caro! Bella! più amabile beltà

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Ombra mai fu

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: No, no, ch’io non apprezzo

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Welcome as the Dawn of Day

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Dove sei?

HENRY PURCELL: When I am laid in Earth

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Streams of Pleasure

ARMONICO CONSORT

CHRISTOPHER MONKS | conductor

£25.00
9.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

EDWARD GERMAN: Bourrée

STANFORD ROBINSON: Valse Serenade

SHERMAN MYERS: Chasing Moonbeams

CYRIL SCOTT: Vesperale

IVOR NOVELLO: In the Clouds

RICHARD ADDINSELL: Invocation

ROGER QUILTER: English Dance no.3

EDWARD GERMAN: Graceful Dance

HAYDN WOOD: A Bell for Adano

BILLY MAYERL: English Dance

BILLY MAYERL: Fireside Fusiliers

REGINALD FORESYTHE: Serenade for a Wealthy Widow

IRIS TAYLOR: Dreamy Afternoon

BILLY MAYERL: Sussex Downs

PAUL GUINERY | piano

£15.00
Sunday 30 May
2.30pm
THE DRILL HALL
Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF

ARNOLD BAX: Elegaic Trio

YORK BOWEN: Soliloquy and Frolic

WILLIAM ALWYN: Two Folk Songs (arr. viola & harp)

ALAN RAWSTHORNE: Trio

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Suite de Ballet (arr. flute & harp)

WILLIAM ALWYN: Crépuscule

MALCOLM LIPKIN: Trio

PAUL LEWIS: Divertimento

AURORA TRIO

£20.00
5.00pm
THE DRILL HALL
Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF

TALK: Memoirs of a Media Composer

PAUL LEWIS

£6.00
7.30pm
THE DRILL HALL
Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF

TONY HATCH: Downtown

NOEL GAY: Leaning on a Lamppost

SANDY WILSON: I could be happy with you

IVOR NOVELLO: We’ll gather lilacs

NOËL COWARD: Could you please oblige us with a Bren gun?

TONY HATCH: Don’t sleep in the subway

NOËL COWARD: A Room with a View

NOËL COWARD: Dance, little lady

NOËL COWARD: Poor little rich girl

NOËL COWARD: Mad Dogs and Englishmen

WORLD WAR I MEDLEY

RAY NOBLE: Cherokee

IVOR NOVELLO: Keep the Home Fires Burning

FLANAGAN AND ALLEN MEDLEY no.2

HAYDN WOOD: Roses of Picardy

SAM KERN: Mary from the Dairy

HARRY PARR-DAVIES: Smile when you say goodbye

FLANAGAN AND ALLEN MEDLEY no.1

HARRY PARR-DAVIES: Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye

RAY NOBLE: Goodnight, Sweetheart

NEW FOXTROT SERENADERS

£25.00
Monday 31 May
11.00am
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

PETER WARLOCK: A Lake and a Fairy Boat

PETER WARLOCK: Wind from the West

FREDERICK DELIUS: Five Songs from the Norwegian

PETER WARLOCK: Take, O take those lips away

PETER WARLOCK: The Cloths of Heaven

ARNOLD BAX: To Eire

ARNOLD BAX: The White Peach

ARNOLD BAX: Shieling Song

ARNOLD BAX: A Milking Sian

PETER WARLOCK: When as the Rye

PETER WARLOCK: Mourne no more

PETER WARLOCK: There is a Lady

PETER WARLOCK: Sweet Content

E.J. MOERAN: Seven Poems by James Joyce

PETER WARLOCK: The Bachelor

PETER WARLOCK: Rest, sweet Nymphs

PETER WARLOCK: Hey Trolly Lolly

PETER WARLOCK: Ha’nacker Mill

PETER WARLOCK: The Night

PETER WARLOCK: My own Country

PETER WARLOCK: Belloc’s Fancy

PETER WARLOCK: Maltworms

PETER WARLOCK: Captain Stratton’s Fancy

PETER WARLOCK: The Fox

PETER WARLOCK: Sleep

GARETH BRYNMOR JOHN | baritone

CHRISTOPHER GLYNN | piano

£20.00
2.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

GERALD FINZI: I said to Love

GUSTAV HOLST: Phantasy on British Folk Songs

HUBERT PARRY: Scherzo from String Quartet no.3 in G major

HUBERT PARRY: O never say that I was false of heart

HUBERT PARRY: Sleep

HUBERT PARRY: On a time, the amorous Silvy

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Since thou, O fondest

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: I praise the tender flower

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD: Say, O say! saith the music

FREDERICK DELIUS: Late Swallows from String Quartet (1916)

IVOR GURNEY: The Western Playland

RODERICK WILLIAMS | baritone

MICHAEL DUSSEK | piano

THE BRIDGE QUARTET

£20.00
5.00pm
THE DRILL HALL
Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF

RECEPTION and LAUNCH OF THOSE BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS (EM RECORDS: EMR CD065)

with Roderick Williams, Michael Dussek and The Bridge Quartet

£6.00
7.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Trio Sonata in F major

ANON: Greensleeves

HENRY PURCELL: The Golden Sonata

ANON: Prelude

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Harpischord Suite no.3 in D minor

JAMES OSWALD: Aires for the Seasons: Spring / Summer

GIUSEPPE SAMMARTINI: Sonata VI from Twelve Trio Sonatas

ENSEMBLE HESPERI

TOM ALLERY

£25.00

THE EMF RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE PROGRAMME DETAILS IN ANY WAY WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

LATEST NEWS

The 2021 May EMF is scheduled for the Spring Bank Holiday weekend (28 to 31 May) and will most certainly be going ahead as a “live” event if public gatherings are permitted. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, the Festival will be rather different in format to our usual May Festivals, with more of an emphasis on chamber-music and song recitals. The full programme is available at this page. Booking for members of the Festival’s Friends’ Scheme will open on 7 March, with general booking opening on 15 March.

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.