Local music at Leith Hill Place
Many local performers have supported Leith Hill Place since it opened to the public in summer 2013 and this year is no exception. You'll find some form of music at the house most weekends.
October 2017 is filled with music from local performers, including many who are returning for the second or third time. Visit the house and be inspired by their sound. Admission charges apply unless stated.
Horsham Performers Platform
Sunday 8 October, informal performances in the afternoon (timings to be announced)
Martin Hall's 'Duffers & Gruffers' choir
Sunday 15 October, 2:30pm & 4pm
The Duffers Choir formed as a ladies choir in 2006 as a unique experiment to prove that anyone can be taught to sing. Martin Hall (then choirmaster at St James’, Abinger) used his many skills to coach, teach and bribe this vibrant and rumbustious group of ladies, who have gone on to pass the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music Advanced Choral Exam with flying colours in 2014. Quite an achievement for ladies who had been told over the years that their musical careers were doomed.
In 2014 men were invited to join. The choir became a 30 strong four-part choir called The “Duffers and Gruffers”. Inspired once again by their skilful choirmaster, the melodious compositions of Vaughan Williams and the exhilaration of team spirit, in June this year the combined D&G Choir passed the ABSRM Intermediate Choral Exam with an ‘Outstanding‘ grade. It looks like Martin’s experiment has worked.
The D&G Choir will be led by Martin Hall, now Choirmaster at St Martin’s Church in Dorking and accompanied by Ed Sutton, Choirmaster at St James’ Church, Abinger. They will perform a varied range of music, from local composers to further afield.
Leith Hill Timeline Choir
Saturday 21 October, 2:30-3:30pm singing workshop, 4:30-5:30pm concert
The Leith Hill Timeline Choir again return to Leith Hill Place with a concert entitled 'Surrey Hills Alive'. Tickets cost £12 for the concert and £10 for the workshop and must be pre-booked on 0344 249 1895.
This enchanting evening takes its inspiration from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ devotion to the collecting, preserving and celebrating of folk music from all over England. The choir will weave together songs collected by the composer in Sussex and Surrey, together with other folk music from the South East, including songs from the collections of the well-known local scholar-musician Lucy Broadwood and Horsham’s Victorian bell-ringing, singing, shoe-maker, Henry Burstow. In between the beautiful songs the choir will share anecdotes about the colourful local characters they were collected from, as well as some of Vaughan Williams’ personal thoughts as he wrote them down. The concert will include Ralph Vaughan Williams' favourite folk song, ‘Bushes and Briars’, as well as many other popular melodies, including Greensleeves.
The concert will be preceded by a workshop held from 2:30pm to 3:30pm where visitors to the house will be invited to join the choir to sing a selection of Vaughan Williams' favourite local folk songs under the direction of choir leader and folk performer, Stef Conner.
Founded in 2014, the Leith Hill Timeline Choir, conducted by Stef Conner and Claire Robins, is a friendly and light-hearted but artistically ambitious choir with a mission to celebrate history and heritage in song. Repertoire includes a mixture of medieval, renaissance and English choral music, as well as vintage standards and folk songs, all specially arranged so that non-sight-readers and sight-readers alike can learn at a good pace and feel nurtured and challenged in equal measure.