MMS is a registered Charity. Registered Number 802330
Who are we?Midhurst Music Society (MMS) has been providing the Midhurst area of West Sussex with live Choral concerts for the past 48 years. Many of our concerts require orchestral accompaniment and include orchestral items. This support is provided by local semi-professional musicians and occasionally by other instrumental groups. MMS is directed by Mary Knight. What do we do?We perform classical choral works and part songs,in public concerts and smaller recitals, supported by other training and social activities. We also send representatives to sing with the Petersfield Musical Festival, which give us the opportunity to enjoy performing large choral works. We support young musicians as they begin their musical careers and we want to encourage the appreciation of and participation in choral music in the Midhurst area.How do I join?We welcome new members to sing with us. You don’t have to be able to read music - we will show you how it’s done. Just come and enjoy making music together. Contact our Chairman or Secretary or just come along to a rehearsal.We rehearse on Monday evenings, at 7.45pm, usually in the Methodist Church Hall, North Street, Midhurst.
Midhurst Music Society will be performing Dvorak’s Stabat Mater at the Petersfield Musical Festival as part of a hundred plus mixed choir on Saturday 25th March. The concert has been rehearsed by Festival Conductor, Paul Spicer over several months and offers an exciting opportunity for small classical choral societies to enjoy singing a major choral concert accompanied by a full symphony orchestra.Mary Knight, MMS’ Director of Music said:I am really proud of the way our members have worked so hard to learn this music. We are looking forward to the performance when we join the soloists and orchestra. This will be an exciting experience for our choir.
Paul Spicer, Festival Director said: “Dvorak’s Stabat Mater has a monumental structure and is a major work of the Romantic period. It was conceived out of pure grief at the loss of his daughter Josefa. Dvorak little thought that by the time the work was completed he would have lost three children. The work comes from the very depths of Dvorak’s heart and it communicates very strongly both through the beauty of its language and lyricism. The combined choir, to which we are delighted to welcome the Midhurst Musical Society, has worked hard and shown commitment”.