PROGRAMME

We are delighted that current legislation means that the 2021 May EMF will be able to take place over the Spring Bank Holiday, albeit with smaller ensembles due to the continued need for physical distancing. We regret that, for financial reasons, we are unable to hold this Festival in Dorchester Abbey as usual, but are delighted to be returning to the lovely St Mary’s Church in Horsham and to the historic 1920s Drill Hall, a short distance away.

 

Should the date for re-starting live events be pushed back by the Government 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 event online.

 

The full programme for the 2021 EMF is given below. Booking is now open to all — the online Box Office may be found on this page.

 

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

DRINKS RECEPTION AND LAUNCH OF EMR CD065

with Roderick Williams, Michael Dussek and The Bridge Quartet

£20.00
7.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH
Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE

JAMES OSWALD: Airs for the Seasons

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL: Trio Sonata in F major

HENRY PLAYFORD: A Collection of Original Scotch Tunes (Full of the Highland Humours)

FRANCESCO GEMINIANI: Trio Sonata on The last time I came o’er the moor

ABIEL WHICHELLO: Suite no.2 in F major

ANON: Greensleeves

HENRY PURCELL: Sonatas of Three Parts: no.2 in B-flat major

BARNABUS GUNN: Solo IV in B minor

CHARLES AVISON: Trio Sonata op.1 no.4 in D minor

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

ROBERT BREMNER: Variations on a Scots Theme

ENSEMBLE HESPERI

£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 the 2021 May Festival is now open to all — the online Box Office may be found here. Day and Full Festival Passes are available in addition to individual tickets to concerts and talks; and tickets can be held for collection at the Box Office or posted to you for a modest additional charge.

Tickets for the drinks reception and CD launch of EMR CD065, ‘Those Blue Remembered Hills’, which will take place as part of the 2021 May EMF, are now on sale to the general public. Please visit our online Box Office to book.

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.