Our group was founded 26 years ago by Robert Headley at his Funtington home and moved to the University in 2004. The 2018 season continues our tradition of providing members with a rich feast of musical delights.
Concert pianist and lecturer Simon Callaghan returns to Funtington Music Group in January to explore the works of the relatively unknown composer William Sterndale Bennett.
For February we have set a challenge to the musical polymath, Peter Medhurst, to take us on a journey to the opera houses he has visited and the operas he has loved. This is followed in March by the baroque group Continuum whose leader, Elizabeth Walker, is renowned for her interpretations of music for flute, cello and harpsichord on original baroque instruments or on her beautiful wooden ‘modern’ flute.
Always popular with members is the annual Showcase Concert when six of the most talented University of Chichester music students compete for performance prizes of £500, £350 and £250 with runners-up receiving £100. Taken together with the 24 bursaries we have awarded and the musical instruments purchased, FMG charity funds have now given over £60,000 to the University in thanks for the free use of the Chapel, support staff and wonderful pianos. All of this reflects the great generosity and support of our members.
In May, university lecturer Angela Zanders introduces us in depth to the remarkable Fanny Mendelssohn whose work was eclipsed by her more famous brother and yet she composed some 400 works.
The Summer Buffet Concert in June is a much enjoyed event in our calendar and the wonderful Fujita Sisters from Japan will perform piano trios by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schubert, using the University Steinway Model D grand piano and, as always, playing from memory.
Autumn events bring us a demonstration of the repertoire and instruments of the Harp Family by Frances Kelly and an explanation of the art of the accompanist by Paul Turner with baritone Nigel Cliffe. The season ends with a concert by the world famous Trio Martinû, who have played together since they first met at the Prague Conservatoire in 1990.
A season of great talent and variety to suit all musical tastes!
Our Programme for the 2018 Season
All meetings are held at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays
in the Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester.