Our group was founded in 1992 by Robert Headley at his Funtington home and moved to the University in 2004. The 2019 season continues our tradition of providing members with excellent musical performance and the opportunity to extend their musical knowledge.
The season sees some exciting firsts, including a World premiere, when in May we welcome Crispin Ward with the University Chamber orchestra in a programme of English String music, including works by Lennox Berkeley, Ireland and Elgar. The first half of the programme will feature the World premiere of Crispin Ward’s Concerto for Recorder and Strings (2017) with the peerless Piers Adams as soloist.
We are delighted to welcome back some old friends. Ensemble Reza, whose sextet brings us Dvorak and Schoenberg (a great piece of late romantic music) and the Ruisi String Quartet who gave us a delightful Summer Buffet concert, returning in November to play quartets by Haydn & Mendelssohn.
Piano and voice have always been popular at FMG and 2019 is no exception. In February Virginia Black will demonstrate how Bach and Scarlatti can be sensitively realised on the modern concert grand and in September Bradley Creswick and Margaret Fingerhut give us a delightful programme including sonatas by Debussy & Franck.
We have a special entertainment for Spring when Pippa Dames-Longworth, the highly experienced opera and concert artist, brings us her joyful recital “The Earth Laughs with Flowers”. In the Autumn, Mozart’s sublime masterpiece, The Marriage of Figaro, is the subject of Peter Grevatt’s evening of arias and insights.
The Summer Buffet Concert in June is always an enjoyable event and this year members of the acclaimed Endymion Ensemble will perform for us, including Beethoven’s Spring Sonata and the Trio for Horn Op.40 by Brahms.
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 £600, £350 and £250 with runners-up receiving £100. Taken together with the 31 bursaries we have awarded and the musical instruments purchased, FMG charity funds have now given over £80,000 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.
A season of great talent and variety to suit all musical tastes!
Our Programme for the 2019 Season
Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays
in the Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester.