Our group was founded in 1992 by Robert Headley at his Funtington home and moved to the University in 2004. The 2020 season continues our tradition of providing members with excellent musical performance and the opportunity to extend their musical knowledge.
2020 sees the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven and our season focuses on his music. Major works for piano, piano trio, and string quartet will be performed by some of the World’s foremost musicians.
We are delighted to welcome back some old friends. The Navarra String Quartet first visited FMG in 2015 with a programme devoted to Haydn, in January they open our season with one of Beethoven's 'Razumovsky' Quartets. The Fujita Piano Trio’s summer buffet concert was an absolute delight and their return has been keenly awaited. Angela Zanders is a special friend of FMG and we are especially pleased to have her celebrate the work of Beethoven in October.
Music for piano is a particular favourite for members and we have a real treat in store in March when Simon Callaghan returns with fellow pianist Hiroaki Takenouchi to play works for two pianos, including Rachmaninov’s wonderful Suite No.2. A complete contrast in instrument and composer will be provided in September, when Pavlos Carvalho will present a lecture recital on Bach’s much loved suites for solo cello.
This year’s Summer Buffet Concert will be a special event, with the return of Award-winning soprano Erin Alexander and pianist Nick Miller presenting the story of soprano Graziella Sciutti, a contemporary of Maria Callas, who helped pioneer the movement of opera singers becoming actors, and featuring the arias by Mozart, Verdi, and Rossini which made her career.
To end our Beethoven Season we have a special entertainment in December when the renowned pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris discusses and performs one of the composer’s much loved pieces, The Moonlight Sonata.
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 36 bursaries we have awarded and the musical instruments purchased, FMG charity funds have now given over £90,000 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 2020 Season
Celebrating Beethoven 250th Anniversary
Unless otherwise advised, Meetings are held at 7.30 pm on Wednesdays
in the Chapel of the Ascension, Bishop Otter Campus, University of Chichester.