By Jenny Myers: Chairman
It’s going to be a fun and exciting opening weekend of Horsham Garden Music Festival 2018!
The charity’s ethos is Whole Community Music with a focus on providing a platform for local young performers, community groups and amateur and semi-professional musicians to perform. We have some wonderfully talented and entertaining artists in the area. The venue is always the beautiful Human Nature Garden in Horsham Park, hence the name of our charity. Once again, all our afternoon concerts are free so that anyone can come and enjoy the music.
For our opening concert on Saturday 14 July, we have collaborated with Horsham Folk Club to bring three first class acts to Horsham for your entertainment, as well as the club’s own excellent band which will be first on stage at 1pm.
Hatful of Rain, a British contemporary folk group from the south coast of Sussex, follows at 2pm. They combine powerful song writing with musical flare, inspired by English, Celtic and American Roots styles. They use a single microphone approach when performing, which creates an intimate and engaging atmosphere characteristic of every Hatful show.
Next, it’s Brighton-based folk duo Hickory Signals, who combine strong, female vocal melodies with vibrant guitar, shruti, flute, and pulsing percussion, performing both original and traditional material. Live, they have been described as enthralling, spellbinding and absorbing.
Finishing the day is the Vera van Heeringen Trio at 4pm. Vera is a consummate guitarist; highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, she brings the instrument to life in way that is entirely her own. Vera also writes tunes and songs which deliver straight to – and from – the heart. Firmly rooted in Transatlantic traditions, her original contemporary Americana showcases both these skills: firebrand instrumental virtuosity and poignant, emotionally astute song writing.
There will also be Morris dancing interspersing the musical performances during the afternoon.
A change of style will come on the Saturday evening with the hugely popular The Almost Elvis Band rocking the joint! Advance tickets are priced at £9.00 for adults and £6 for 5 to 13-year olds, plus a small booking fee. (Under 5s are free.) You can get them from www.sussexeventtickets.com
or by ringing 01403 888005. On the gate prices will be £11.00 for adults and £7.50 for children.
On Sunday 15 July, you’ll feel like you’re in the Caribbean with the glorious weather and our carnival-themed concert. A drumming workshop will take place before our first act, so make sure you arrive early if you’d like to join in with this! Bernardi Music Group’s String Academy, made up of gifted and talented young musicians from Sussex and Surrey, will open the show. Next, we have local group Boom Tribe giving us some samba rhythms. Mr G and the Bluebeats will be up next, great musicians who performed an excellent set for us last year.
We are delighted to welcome Haywards Heath Concert Band for the first time. Some of their band members live in and around Horsham and asked to perform at the festival way back in June last year! They will be performing two sets, one by their swing section and one by their brass section.
Euphoria Steel Band returns to the festival, led by the extremely talented Rachel Hayward and bringing their wonderful sounds from Brighton to Horsham. Perfect for our carnival theme!
To finish the day, we will be screening the World Cup Final so that our performers and audience don’t miss the big event! Many thanks to Wells Independent Property Broker, our main sponsor of this concert, for arranging this.
Keeping you nourished throughout the festival, local restaurant and deli business, Carmela’s, will be providing a barbecue and savoury food and JubyLee Bakes returns to sell their delicious cakes and cookies. Southern Counties Ice Cream will also be on hand to help cool you down through the warm afternoons. Plus, TruSandArt and Great Faces will be on site providing activities for children.
For health and safety reasons, there are a couple of changes this year: There will be toilets in the garden for your convenience. Please don’t bring your own alcohol or glass bottles to the festival. We will have a bar selling a huge selection of drinks including Hepworth’s beer and a selection of cider, wine, spirits and soft drinks.
A reminder that dogs, barbecues and ball games are not allowed in the Human Nature Garden. Whilst no waterproofs will be needed this weekend, you may wish to bring umbrellas or parasols to provide some shade in the Human Nature Garden’s lovely amphitheatre.
This year, grant funding has been gratefully received from Humphrey Richardson Taylor Charitable Trust, Gatwick Airport Community Trust, Tesco Bags of Help and West Sussex County Council. Horsham Garden Music Festival also relies on sponsorship and donations to our licenced bucket collections to put on this event.
Don’t forget to come back the following weekend for more great, free music in the afternoons covering the genres of rock on Saturday 21st sponsored by Woodstock IT Services and pop on Sunday 22nd July.