President - Michael Finnissy
Steyning Music Society has acquired a reputation for being one of the most welcoming and friendly concert promoters in the South-East. Concerts are presented at the Steyning Centre; a comfortable, modern community centre with first class amenities and free parking.
The Society presents a variety of concerts given by professional musicians and in the past has been honoured to host appearances by Tasmin Little and Piers Lane (right), BBC Young Musicians of the Year, cellist Guy Johnston and pianist Martin James Bartlett, pianist Nikolai Demidenko and the Allegri String Quartet as well as staging a cabaret evening with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and, in partnership with the Steyning Festival, The Sixteen.
In addition to presenting concerts the Society organises educational workshops involving young people and adults. In the past, collaborations with the music department of Steyning Grammar School, Steyning Jazz Club and Chanctonbury Chorus have been particularly successful.
Steyning Music Society has been involved in musical commissions including a Millennium work, Etched bright with sunlight for solo piano, by internationally acclaimed composer, Michael Finnissy (left). This work was premiered by Nicolas Hodges and performed as an audio/visual presentation in conjunction with photographer Ken Scott and members of Steyning Camera Club.
The Society is grateful for support from its Members, Arts Council England, The National Lottery, Horsham District Council, Steyning Parish Council and private sponsors. A major part of the Society’s income is raised by the town’s musicians when they get together to present a concert performance of a popular musical in the Annual Fund-Raising Concert. Previous shows have included Porgy & Bess, Bless the Bride, Showboat, Die Fledermaus, Carousel, The Arcadians, My Fair Lady, an Opera Gala, a Last Night of the Proms and works by Gilbert & Sullivan.
Chorus, soloists and orchestra in full flight during the finale of Die Fledermaus at the 2004 Fund-Raising Concert
This year the Society will be presenting its 24th Annual Fund-Raising Concert on Saturday, 15 October 2016
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