Midhurst Music Society (MMS) 2017 Made with Xara
Carols in the Walled Garden (again) On Sunday December 3rd. we paid our second visit to the Walled Garden in Midhurst to perform carols and other Christmas music for the guests attending a fund-raising function in aid of Chestnut Tree House, the childrens’ hospice and care home. We were the “warm up act”, singing as the guests arrived and as the Petworth Town Band set up for their later performance. Despite distractions the music went well and we were able to perform to a large, if rather noisy, audience. We later supported the band as they played familiar carols for the guests to sing. An opportunity was taken to distribute small cards welcoming potential new members to MMS - thank you Julie for producing the cards! We now have quite an extensive repertoire of interesting pieces that we can perform at such functions - including our very own version of Pachelbel’s Canon “We are friends”. Let’s hope for more opportunities to display our talents.
Singing for our supper In 2015 we sang carols for the clients and guests at the King Edward Vll apartments. In 2016 we were invited back by Town and Country to repeat the performance and we were invited again this year. On Thursday December 14th, in the elegant, and acoustically-encouraging surroundings of the former dining hall, now a comfortably-furnished lounge, we invited the many guests to join in familiar carols. We also sang some of the seasonal pieces that we had prepared for earlier events, including “We are friends”. Despite considerable background noise from the large gathering we stayed in tune in the unaccompanied items - well done! Mince pies, mulled wine and mulled Apple juice were enjoyed by all of the singers. Town and Country gave us a cheque for MMS funds and expressed their appreciation for our part in a very successful evening, as did several of the guests who complimented us on our singing. Once again, MMS invitation cards were distributed among the guests
Midhurst Music Society performed Dvorak’s Stabat Mater  at the 2017 Petersfield Musical Festival as part of a hundred plus mixed choir on Saturday 25th March. The concert had been rehearsed by Festival Conductor, Paul Spicer over several months and offered 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 were looking forward to the performance when we would join the soloists and orchestra. It was an exciting experience for our choir.
MMS at Petersfield Musical Festival
MMS Singers with Festival Conductor, Paul Spicer (Right)
News from MMS
In March 2018 MMS will again join other local choirs to sing in the Petersfield Musical Festival. We will be performing two choral works, one is the challenging and unusual “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Britten, the other is the more familiar “Requiem” by Mozart. Rehearsals for those works will be included in the normal weekly programme of MMS rehearsals. YouTube performances of the works and access to the voice parts can be found on the “Parts” page.