The musicians of Liss and Petersfield are again combining to launch the Spirit of Music Festival, now in its fourth year.
The area has a large number of professional players and singers, and each year they get together to provide a range of inclusive and accessible concerts to suit a broad range of tastes, plus a variety of workshops which encourage the public to make music in a relaxed setting. This year, the music ranges from folk to baroque and includes string quartet, brass band, choir and orchestra.
The week begins with local band Flight Brigade playing an acoustic set at St Peter’s Church in West Liss on Friday, April 28.
The official opening on the next day is by Liss Band, playing outdoors on the green at The Triangle in Liss, followed by a brass workshop for anyone who would like to play with a large band or try the training section.
On the evening of Saturday, April 29, the floor will be cleared at St Mary’s Church in Liss as the Havant Saxophone and Clarinet Band return to put on a swing and dance evening, supported by the Joel Knee Jazz Ensemble from London. The mood changes on Sunday afternoon, when the Rotherhurst String Quartet play Mozart and Mendelssohn while listeners enjoy a cream tea at St Peter’s Church in West Liss. An open masterclass on baroque string playing follows on Tuesday evening.
The Triangle Centre in Liss will be the venue for a showing of John Bridcut’s documentary film Requiem on Friday, May 5, with a chance to chat with the producer and enjoy a drink and canapés.
The big day comes on Saturday, May 6, with workshops for young string players and for singers of all ages in the morning, followed by an afternoon chamber music concert in St Peter’s, Petersfield, and a choral concert there in the evening, when The Petersfield Choir and South Downs Camerata perform Mozart’s Requiem, works by Bach, and two newly commissioned songs. The two concerts share a theme of marking the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.
Finally, on the following day, a Sunday afternoon concert at St Mary’s Church in Liss gathers the Camerata, guitar virtuoso Amanda Cook and the Liss Forest Ballet School for an event suitable for all the family.
For more information, to book a workshop place, or to obtain tickets, visit www.spiritofmusicfestival.org.uk. Tickets are also available at the Triangle Centre in Liss.