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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December 1, 2018Chorus and OrchestraHaslemere Hall


Beethoven Mass in C
Fauré Masques et Bergamasques
Elgar Chanson de Nuit and Chanson de Matin
Leonard Cohen Hallelujah
Handel Hallelujah Chorus: The Messiah
Parry Jerusalem (in honour of the centennial of Parry's death)

Other Events

March 02, 2019
Haslemere Hall
Chorus and OrchestraHaydn: The Creation
May 04, 2019
Haslemere Hall
Chorus and OrchestraJenkins: Choral Suite: The Armed Man
Shostakovich: Symphony No.9

Latest reviews

May Concert - An Evening of Contrasts

Haslemere Musical Society rounded off their season with a concert of an eclectic mix of musical styles which provided a contrasting texture of musical moods. Starting with Sibelius’ Karelia Suite the orchestra gave a lively interpretation of this popular work, specially notable was the Alla Marcia with its foot-tapping rhythms. Then the mood changed to the wistful Adagio by Baerman followed by the delightful Concertstük in G Minor by the same composer. Both involved local clarinet virtuoso and music teacher Helen Owlett as soloist to excellent effect. Helen had researched the history of the Adagio middle movement and transcribed it for this concert.

Helen Owlett (Clarinet)     

After the interval the mood again changed with choir, orchestra and soloists performing scenes from the final act and dénoument of Wagner’s Opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. This work, which was demanding on the performers was accomplished with aplomb and enthusiasm and was a tribute to the skilled preparation of the choir by local musician and composer Clive Osgood and rehearsal pianist and interpreter Helen Bendall. 

The soloists were Meta Powell (Eva) Emma Carrington (Magdalene) John Pierce (David) Andrew Greenan (Hans Sachs) whose diction was exemplary, and local tenor Philip O’Brien who has performed with HMS previously. The climax of the opera made for a rousing finale of an evening of seriously good music.

Performers (left to right): Andrew Greenan (Bass-Baritone), Meta Powell (Soprano), James Ross (conductor), Philip O’Brien (Tenor), Emma Carrington (Mezzo Soprano) and John Pierce (Tenor)

The orchestra had clearly worked hard under Music Director Dr. James Ross who conducted and conveyed his enthusiasm to choir and orchestra who had successfully mastered some very difficult and challenging music.


Previous Seasons' Concerts

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