Chichester Music Society’s March 2021 Newsletter

This month’s edition discusses:

• The Covid crisis continues to have a major impact on our programme schedule with The Student Showcase delayed until May. Further details below.

• Our event with Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars has had to be postponed until an additional date in September. Hopefully by that time live audiences should be able to enjoy their programme! See full details of our revised programme below.

• The AGM will be delayed this year until 9th June. The Annual Report and Accounts will be emailed to members next month. See Chairman’s Blog.

The Student Showcase Competition, where six selected undergraduates compete for the £1500 Prize Fund (First prize £600) will now take place on Thursday 20th May in the University Chapel.

Auditions will be taking place during April and further details will be published in our next Newsletter.

Chairman’s Blog

Our programme for the beginning of the year continues to be badly affected by the continuing Covid crisis and lockdown, Performers are finding that it is impossible to rehearse in groups and prepare for their concerts and additionally in our case until recently the University has had to work remotely with its students with no visitors allowed on campus.

The Student Showcase has now been rescheduled to 20th May and the event with Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars is being rearranged for later in September. As was the case last year, members will receive full credit for the postponed events against the cost of next year’s renewal. We are hoping that our summer concert will go ahead as planned on 9th June although we will probably not be able to provide the full interval buffet as usual.

Our AGM has been postponed until 9th June, preceding the concert with Tanya Ursova and Anna Gorbachyova. Members will receive the Report and Accounts for 2020 during April. This has been a very difficult year for our Society but fortunately due to the support of members and generosity of donors, our financial position is secure. The Committee has developed an excellent programme for 2022 including some new faces as well as established friends. Full details will be circulated soon.

The untimely death of our Treasurer, Chris Coote, last September was a real loss and we are currently seeking someone to replace him. If any member is able to help the Committee in this way, I should be delighted to hear from them.

The Committee would like to thank members for their support over this very difficult period. 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!

Chris Hough

Programme for the year

Thursday 20th May University of Chichester Student Showcase Concert
Six selected undergraduates compete for the £1500 Prize Fund (First Prize £600)

9th June Summer Concert
Tanya Ursova (piano) & Anna Gorbachyova (soprano) perform a programme of Russian music for our summer event. Tanya last performed for the society in 2017 when she presented a lecture recital on the Muses behind the Russian composers. Tonight Tanya returns with her friend Anna Gorbachyova (soprano) with a programme songs for a summer evening. This event will be preceded by the AGM from 7.15pm.

15th September Erin Alexander & the Champagne Quartet
The Quartet will perform a reduced version of one of the great operas, small in scale but including all the best bits!

September (date tbc) Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars
The guitar duo present ‘A Shared Resonance’, a lecture/recital featuring duets performed on three types of instrument: the Baroque guitar, the Early Romantic guitar, and the modern classical guitar. Each of the guitars has it’s own distinctive sound, and original music that was written for it, or in this case for two guitars. The duo will perform music by some of the major guitarists and composers of the last three centuries to tell the story of how the guitar duet developed and changed, and is still changing

13th October Emma Abbate & the Sacconi Quartet
CMS are delighted to present the highly talented pianist Emma Abbate with the award-winning Sacconi Quartet. The Quartet are recognised for their integrated and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment and are known throughout the world for their creativity and integrity of interpretation. The Ensemble will play music for piano quintet including Shostakovitch’s brilliant Op. 57 Piano Quintet

10th November Martino Tirimo & Atsuko Kawakami
The brilliant duo return with a programme of music for two pianos

8th December CMS Bursary Holders Concert
This is a special benefit event for Christmas and features some of our recent bursary holders. A retiring collection will be made at the end of the concert and all proceeds will go to CMS charities for the benefit of future bursary award winners and the purchase of musical instruments.
Full programme details will be circulated nearer the time. Wine & mince pies will be served during the interval.

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