March concert 2019


The Society performs three concerts with the orchestra and chorus every year in the Haslemere Hall. An additional orchestral concert is held in St Christopher’s Church, Weyhill, often featuring a soloist from within the orchestra.

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Orchestral Concert

October 12, 2019OrchestraSt Christopher’s Church
ConductorJames Ross


Holst Two Songs without Words
Fauré Pavane
Molique Oboe Concertino David Farnworth, oboe
Morricone Gabriel’s Oboe David Farnworth, oboe
Beethoven Symphony No.8

Chorus & Orchestra

December 7, 2019Chorus and OrchestraHaslemere Hall
ConductorJames Ross


Dvořák Symphony No.8
J.S. Bach Christmas Oratorio Selected choruses
Handel Coronation Anthem: Zadok the Priest

Orchestral and Choral Concert

March 7, 2020ChorusHaslemere Hall
ConductorJames Ross
Janice Watson Soprano, Jon Stainsby Baritone


Britten Soirées Musicales
Elgar Sea Pictures
Vaughan Williams Donna Nobis Pacem

Orchestral and Choral Concert

May 16, 2020ChorusHaslemere Hall
ConductorJames Ross


Mozart Kyrie in D minor
Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D, Haffner
Mozart Overture and Scenes from Idomeneo

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Haslemere Musical Society’s May Concert

There was hardly an empty seat at Haslemere Hall on Saturday evening as Dr James Ross, Music Director of Haslemere Musical Society took up his baton to conduct Shostakovich’s 9th symphony.  This  work was planned as a grand victory celebration for the end of the second world war.  Instead the  composer delivered a compact work, much of it superficially jolly, which seems to be cocking a snook at his nemesis, Stalin.  The orchestra handled the fireworks of its staccato jokiness brightly, while never losing that underlying sadness.

After the interval came a change of  conductor.  Cole Bendall, HMS Chorus Director, led the choir and orchestra in Karl Jenkins ‘The Armed Man’, a more recent take on the futility of war.  The performance benefited from  the lovely voices of choristers from Rodborough School, and that of the Muezzin, Hassen Rasool.  His Adhan was not only a Call to Prayer, but a call for peace and understanding.  The rapid changes of pace and mood expressed the many faces of war; particularly mention must be made of the soloists, both vocal and from the orchestra. 

In the audience was Peter Harrison, who judged it a very creditable performance all round, one which well and truly lived up to expectations – and more.  He said, “Well done, HMS.  The Shostakovich was excellent – a really striking performance. I can’t believe it’s an amateur orchestra.  We were very impressed too with the Armed Man, especially the Benedictus, the cellist was exceptional – this solo is very difficult to play because it’s so high. I loved the Hosannas too, and  the percussion certainly didn’t disappoint, with all the bongs and bangs in the right places. We know when they’re coming, of course, but several of the people sitting near us nearly jumped out of their skins. Always great to watch!”

As Secretary of Grayshott Concerts, Peter has considerable experience of presenting the work of Sir Karl Jenkins, who is their patron.  He continued, “You scored a particular success with your wonderful Muezzin. He was really superb. It was great theatre. He took his time with intense pauses and almost balletic moves. Impressive attire. Great voice too. He was good to stay on for the curtain calls – and then to shake hands with so many people afterwards in the Foyer.  Please pass our congratulations on to everyone concerned. It was a memorable performance indeed. One of the very best (and we’ve seen lots!).”  High praise from an expert.

The concert ended with ‘Alleluia’, a haunting carol composed by Clive Osgood, Accompanist to HMS and Music Director at St Bartholomew’s Church.   This exquisite performance was dedicated to the memory of Sue Farley, for many years a member of HMS choir and a hard working  librarian to the Society.

HMS’ next event will be an orchestral concert on October 12, 2019, featuring an oboe soloist and Beethoven’s 8th.  In the meantime, violinist Zoë Marshall hopes that any instrumentalists and singers out there, who would like to share in music making, will come to the HMS Summer Sessions starting on the 4th June – details at

Cole, Marion, Hassen & James, after May 2019 Concert

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