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. A donation of £10 per person is suggested.
Mince pies and wine will be served during the interval.
This year we have three highly talented soloists, accompanied once again by the Head of Music, Ben Hall:
Soprano Melodie Hornett studies with Elizabeth Brice, having achieved her First Class BA (Hons) from the University of Chichester and PG-Dip with Distinction from the London College of Music. Melodie has recently been invited for her sixth season with the Opera Holland Park Chorus, to take part in their 2023 production of Puccini’s La Boheme, having previously performed for them in Bizet’s Carmen (2022), Verdi’s La Traviata (2018 and 2021), Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (2019), Cilea’s L’arlesiana (2019) and Puccini’s La Rondine (2017). Also for Opera Holland Park, Melodie performed in the UK premiere of Mascagni’s Isabeau (2018) and in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress (2019) at the Aldeburgh Music Festival with Barbara Hannigan conducting. November last year saw Melodie take part in Opera Rara’s recording and live performance of Leoncavallo’s Zingari!
Saba Safa started learning the violin when she was 7 years old. She is a scholarship student from Persia and doing her Master’s degree in Music Performance at Chichester University, where she is mainly exploring and developing various techniques and repertoires in playing the classical violin with Clare Thompson. She has also explored baroque music in her violin lessons with Julia Bishop. Saba has collaborated with various artists and orchestras, such as the Hanover Band, chamber orchestra and the baroque orchestra of Chichester University as a violin soloist, leader, and first violin member. She has also been touring the famous Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Nutcracker with Moscow City Ballet around the UK as a violinist.
Joseph Williams is a jazz singer, specialising in traditional songs through to be-bop. Joseph is originally from the Isle of Wight and he began performing as a vocalist in 2016. Since then he has completed his BMus Jazz Performance degree at Chichester and is now pursuing his MA in Music Performance. Joseph has appeared as a soloist with the University of Chichester Sleepy Lagoon Orchestra entertaining audiences at the Goodwood Revival and the Festival of Speed. He will be singing again at Goodwood on Christmas Day. Joseph also fronts a Dixieland band and writes his own music. Tonight Joseph brings his pianist Tom Hendy; as a duo they have worked together for several years.