Chichester Music Society’s February 2021 Newsletter

The Covid crisis continues to have a major impact on our programme schedule, with our February and March events postponed until next year. Further details are set out in the Chairman’s Blog, below.

Whilst our February event with Ensemble Reza cannot go ahead, we are pleased to present an update on the activities of one of our favourite groups below.

We are hoping that the Student Showcase can proceed as planned. Brief details of all our forthcoming events appear below.

Chris Hough, chair, writes:

It is with real regret that I have to inform you that we are not able to proceed with our concert on Wednesday 10th February. Due to the continuing Covid crisis and lockdown, CMS has had to postpone the event with Ensemble Reza until next year. This event has been re-scheduled to the 10th February 2022. Performers are finding that it is impossible to rehearse in groups and prepare for their concerts and additionally in our case, the University is working remotely with its students with no visitors allowed on campus until mid-February at the earliest.

For the same reasons, the March concert with the University Chamber Orchestra has also been postponed until next year. Our AGM has been postponed until the event with Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars on 12th May. As was the case last year, members will receive full credit for the postponed events against the cost of next year’s renewal.

Your committee is working hard behind the scenes to ensure a full and rewarding programme of events in 2022. We are planning to include some new faces as well as established friends including the Rosamunde Trio and Margaret Fingerhut.

These are very difficult times and I know how much we all want to get back to normal and enjoy our live music and socialising once again. Do take care and look after yourselves. I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Ensemble Reza are special friends of ours & we always look forward to their visits which deliver inspired and committed performances. It is very disappointing that we are unable to see them this year. They have an excellent website & members are advised to take a look and check out the many opportunities to hear them perform.

Hannah Carter, their Managing Director writes:

“As we pass yet another milestone of a missed sextet concert Pavlos reminded us all this weekend of a happier January, when we popped up to London to perform at St Thomas’s Hospital.  We are really looking forward to a time when we can get back together again and take our music out to audiences locally and further afield!

“Talking about further afield, this Tuesday our Midday Music concert will be streamed live from Spain as we are joined once more by the brilliant accordionist Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade.  This concert will feature music from across the world including Germany, Russia, Brazil and Argentina.

“This Sunday 31st January, we are very excited to launch our unique programme of rehearsals for our Community Orchestra.  We are keen to welcome both our regular members to the orchestra and any new players, so please help us to spread the word by forwarding our newsletter to your friends and family. Thank you!

Finally, we are always keen to support the local Haywards Heath Music Society.  Pavlos Carvalho and Louisa Lam will launch their 79th season of concerts with a pre-recorded programme of music to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary on Saturday 6th February.  For more information and tickets visit the Society’s website.”

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