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Blake Bring Their ‘Love Lifts Us Up’ UK Tour To Horsham

by Visit Horsham

Blake Bring Their ‘Love Lifts Us Up’  UK Tour To Horsham

‘The World’s Greatest Love Songs In Perfect Harmony’


Friday 27th April

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Tickets: £22.00


01403 750220



Half A Million Albums Sold // Twice Nominated BRIT Award Winners // 

Over 150 Live Performances In 2011 //


Vocal harmony quartet BLAKE present their stunning new UK tour ‘Love Lifts Us Up’ for 2012. Join these four incredible young male singers, famous worldwide for their unique renditions of pop, classical and West-End anthems, for a wonderful evening of musical entertainment. With a rich harmony sound that brings spectacular colour to much-loved songs their live shows delight and entertain audiences.


The ‘Love Lifts Us Up’ tour will see Blake – Humphrey Berney, Ollie Baines, Jules Knight and Stephen Bowman – perform the most uplifting and romantic love songs of all time including ‘She’, ‘Up Where We Belong’ and ‘With Or Without You’.


2011 was yet another fantastic year for Blake. In the Spring the quartet’s TV schedule was busy with performances and interviews on Daybreak, BBC Breakfast, Loose Women, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Sky News. They also made their debut appearance on US television with a performance in Trafalgar Square for NBC’s Today show as part of the programme’s royal wedding coverage.


Having performed over 150 concerts around the world in the last 12 months Blake are one of the most successful live touring groups of the past few years. As well as completing over 50 shows as part of their ‘An Evening With Blake’ tour, Blake have continued to perform their magnificent repertoire at prestigious venues around the country - Blake were honoured to perform at both Lincoln Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral as part of the celebrations of the Royal British Legion’s 90th Anniversary, whilst the summer saw them headline an evening concert at the elegant Henley Festival on the banks of the River Thames. 


More recently Blake have celebrated their tenth on pitch performance at Twickenham Stadium ahead of the Rugby Heroes exhibition game, raising funds for Help for Heroes, where they entertained the crowds with their unique versions of Nessun Dorma, Jerusalem and, of course, God Save The Queen.


Blake have continued to take their music around the globe and perform for their international fan base with tours in Russia and the Far East, with the popularity of Blake and their music in Asia continuing to grow. The vocal group have just returned from  a series of sold out concerts in the Philippines performing for tens of thousands, including in the capital Manila, and already have a number of engagements booked in for 2012.


2011 also saw Blake return to the studio to record their hugely anticipated fourth album. Audiences at Blake’s ‘Love Lifts Us Up’ Tour will be in for a treat as the band showcase tracks from their new album, in addition to performing songs from their previous albums, including their BRIT Award Winning self-titled debut album.


Developing their musical sound for the fourth album Blake have been privileged to work with a number of top US producers as well as acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren, who has previously written for Aerosmith, Celine Dion and Faith Hill.


2012 looks to be Blake's busiest year to date with the release of their brand new album in America and the UK as well as tours and concerts in the UK, China, the Philippines, USA and Bermuda thus confirming Blake as one of the UK's busiest and most internationally in-demand bands.


The Soldiers at The Capitol

by Visit Horsham

The Soldiers Bring Their 

‘Message To You’ UK Tour To Horsham


Sunday 15th January 

The Capitol Theatre, Horsham


01403 750220



Britain’s first group of serving soldiers to enter the pop charts are once again hitting the road for their third tour of the UK. Join Sergeant Major Gary Chilton, Staff Sergeant Richie Maddocks and Lance Corporal Ryan Idzi for an evening uplifting music from this talented trio. Beginning in Cardiff on January 12th The Soldiers’ ‘Message To You’ twenty date tour will travel the length of the UK and will be the first time the trio have had the opportunity to take their tour to Scotland with shows in Aberdeen, Perth, Motherwell and Glenrothes.


Through the release of The Soldiers’ three albums and their subsequent tours The Soldiers have raised over £500,000 for armed forces charities including Help For Heroes, The Royal British Legion and the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.


The story began when Ryan Idzi made it through to the bootcamp stages of 2007’s X Factor. Following his appearance on the show music entrepreneur Jeff Chegwin and partner Nick Patrick, a Grammy-nominated producer, contacted Ryan with an opportunity that would change his life. Chegwin and Patrick already had their eye on two serving sergeants from the Corps of Army Music, who they planned to approach with the idea of recording an album. When they spotted Ryan on The X Factor, they knew they had a band.


With Gary Chilton and Richie Maddocks on board alongside Ryan, The Soldiers were formed. Their debut album ‘Coming Home’ was released in 2009 going Top 5 and has since been certified double platinum. 2010’s follow up album ‘Letters Home’, and The Soldiers latest album ‘Message To You’, which includes the official 2011 Poppy Appeal single ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ recorded with Robin Gibb, have both been released to similar success.


Speaking ahead of the tour Gary said "We’re absolutely thrilled to be on the road with "The Soldiers" on what will be our 3rd UK Tour. It means so much to all three of us for all the support that our fans give us year in year out. More importantly its imperative that the charities which we represent are kept in the public eye so that they can continue to give our brave boys and girls the crucial rehabilitation that they so richly deserve."


See The Soldiers on their ‘Message To You’ UK Tour from January 12th


Jan 12th St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Jan 13th The Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar

Jan 14th The Camberley Theatre

Jan 15th The Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Jan 18th Newcastle City Hall

Jan 19th Rothes Halls, Glenrothes

Jan 20th Perth Concert Hall

Jan 21st Motherwell Concert Hall

Jan 22nd Aberdeen Music Hall

Jan 24th Cheltenham Town Hall

Jan 25th Hall For Cornwall, Truro

Jan 26th Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury

Jan 27th Buxton Opera House

Jan 28th Stevenage Leisure and Arts Centre

Jan 29th The Forum, Billingham

Jan 30th Norwich Theatre Royal

Feb 2nd The Central Theatre, Chatham

Feb 3rd The Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Feb 4th The Embassy Centre, Skegness

Feb 5th Venue Cymru, Llandudno


For more information contact regional@republicmedia.net / 020 8960 7449





Skeptics in the Pub

by Visit Horsham

The Skeptics are Coming!

A new “Skeptics in the Pub” group will be making its debut at the Tanners Arms on Monday the 12th of September at 8pm. All are welcome to come and find out about skepticism and to listen to our first guest speaker talking rationally about such things as werewolves, ghosts - and vampires. Even if you have already made up your mind one way or the other on these subjects, you’ll find Deborah Hyde’s approach to their investigation illuminating.

Skeptics in the pub (SitP) is a nationwide network of skeptically-minded groups that organise talks and discussions on a whole range of subjects in the relaxed environment of your local pub. The subject of the talks varies widely from science to religion, via philosophy, ghosts, psychology, conspiracy theories, alternative medicine and libel law. All subjects can be given the skeptical treatment, and SitP encourages the audience to do just that.

Horsham SitP’s first guest speaker will be Deborah Hyde, Editor-in Chief of “The Skeptic” magazine, and writer of the “Jourdemayne” blog. Deborah specialises in investigation of the paranormal, including ghosts, werewolves and vampires, although no subject is beyond her scrutiny. Widely respected by skeptics across the country, we could not have asked for a better speaker to get us under way.

Speakers at SitP events around the country have included Professor Brian Cox (Science Policy), Dr Ben Goldacre (Bad Science) and Simon Singh (Libel law reform). Even notorious American biologist P.Z. Myers recently spoke at the Brighton SitP, giving creationism a ruthless hiding in front of an intimately tiny audience. You don’t have to be atheist to come to a SitP event or to enjoy it. It’s all about testing the quality of evidence for yourself and the floor is open to anyone that has a question to ask. On October 10th, our second guest speaker will be Martin Poulter, who will be giving his lecture entitled “How to Start Your Own Cult, the Scientology Way”. This is a very popular talk and promises to be something of an eye-opener. Many more events are being lined up for the future, and it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun. Entry to Horsham Skeptics is £2 to cover speaker’s expenses, and it starts at 8pm on Monday the 12th September at the Tanners Arms, Brighton Road. For more information please go to http://horsham.skepticsinthepub.org/ or find us on facebook and twitter.


Boogie Wonderland!

by Visit Horsham

The dynamic disco machine that is Boogie Wonderland is coming into town again at The Cisswood House Hotel on Friday 16th September!

If you're a disco diva and fancy strutting out in your platforms, hot pants and afros, Boogie Wonderland are the band for you, with a full repertoire of all the grooviest and funkiest disco tunes from the 70's and 80's.

Tickets available via the Boogie Wonderland website: www.boogiewonderland.net


The Big Nibble Weekend

by Enjoy Sussex

The Big Nibble Weekend
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September

The annual Horsham District Food & Drink Festival kicks off this year on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 September with the ever popular ‘Big Nibble’ launch event that has now doubled in size to fill the whole weekend.   Highlights for 2011 include:


  • An extra special local produce market in Horsham town centre
  • Live Cookery Theatre with local chefs cooking up fantastic food. 
  • The Horsham Beer Trail for just £1
  • Competitions, special offers and events


  • Free Southdown Historic bus rides across Horsham and the District!
  • A classic English car rally – Morgans, TVR’s and Aston Martins (12 – 3pm)
  • Follow The Big Nibble Trail to enjoy free tasters

For details call 01403 215529 or visit www.thebignibble.co.uk

Horsham Battle of the Bands

by Visit Horsham

The Horsham District Live Music Alliance are pleased to announce the return of the annual Horsham District Battle of the Bands Competition, which will be taking place during October and November. We are inviting entries to the originals competition as well as to the covers contest and the acoustic/singer songwriters section.

The Horsham Battle of the Bands is one of the best ways for local young bands (or not-so-young!) to get experience of playing in front of a decent crowd, backed up by an awesome sound-system and with an excellent crew. It’s a great way for your act to become a talking point amongst live music fans in the area and to give yourself a springboard to greater things. It’s not just all about rock either - any genre is welcome, from death metal to hip-hop, or from barber-shop quartets to grime. If you can do it live, then give it a shot.

This year’s prize for winning the Originals competition is an unbelievable £500 plus a day in a recording studio, 2 free practises at QM studios and free use of the HDLMA PA system. 2nd place gets you a cheque for £250 and 2 free rehearsals and 3rd prize is £100 and 1 free rehearsal.The prize for winning the Covers competition is £150 plus one free rehearsal at QM studios and use of the Alliance PA for 1 gig. The winner of the Acoustic section gets a cheque for £150.

The venue for the Originals competition will be the Chameleon Club on Albion Way, with four Sunday heats taking place on the 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd of October (£3 entry). The final itself will form part of the Horsham town centre festival on Friday the 28th of October. As ever, the venue for the final will be the Carfax Bandstand unless it rains in which case it will relocate to the Drill Hall on Denne Road (Free entry). Whichever venue it ends up in, the BotB final is always an impressive and dramatic spectacle, attended by hundreds of people eager to see this unique showcase of genuine local talent.

After the final, the following two weeks will see the Covers competition on the 6th of November and the Acoustic/Songwriters night on the 13th. These two competitions will be held at the Holbrook Club on North Heath Lane.

Details of the rules and entry forms, including an online entry form, are available on the HDLMA web site at www.hdlma.co.uk. Alternatively, hard copies are available direct from QM Studios, Dukes Square, Denne Road, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1GZ or from Horsham Music, East Street, Horsham.

The closing date for entries is Friday 16th September 2011.

Horsham District Battle of the Bands 2011 is jointly organised by Horsham District Live Music Alliance and Horsham District Council. For more information call Mandy Ansell on 0781304966 or email qmstudios@btinternet.com Follow us on Twitter! https://twitter.com/#!/HDLMA_Tweets

FrenchFest: 15 - 17 July

by Enjoy Sussex

Horsham Prepares for a French Invasion

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 


Horsham’s FrenchFest, a popular festival celebrating all things Gallic, returns for its sixth year in Horsham and will deliver a feast of tasty treats, arts, music, classic French vehicles and more from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th  July.


The centrepiece of the festival is the authentic French market coming to the Carfax accompanied by comedy entertainment and French melodies whlst Waitrose and Marks and Spencers are offering some great French cheese tasting in their own shops. There will be a double helping of market goods on Friday and Saturday as the weekly Carfax Local Produce and Crafts Market returns, though relocated to East Street and Market Square, and 2CV lovers will be pleased to hear that ‘South Down Escargots’ are co-ordinating a display of 2CVs vehicles in Horsham Town Centre on the Sunday 17th.


Boules (Petanque) will be returning to Market Square this year including the Horsham Rotary organised Business Boules Cup Competition on Friday lunchtime and evening, or if art is more your thing why not try some hands-on art in the Carfax on Sunday, making poppy or sunflowers or re-creating ancient French cave paintings! History fans may like to take the French Connection trail around Horsham Museum and Art Gallery on the Friday and Saturday, whilst the 45eme Infanterie Regiment de Ligne - French Napoleonic re-enactors –  will once again be drilling ‘new recruits’ around the Carfax bandstand on Saturday, telling exciting stories of their escapades!  


There will also be some great prizes to be won this year, whether by taking part in the Tour de Horsham challenge, winning a hamper with NatWest or winning free use of a new Citroen DS3 for the weekend. Whether you come to Horsham to buy tasty French produce, practise your artistic skills, enjoy story telling and comedy entertainment, or simply to soak up the special FrenchFest atmosphere, your visit to Horsham this weekend will be one to remember.


NOTE: Horsham FrenchFest is organised by Horsham District Council working with Horsham Unlimited Business Partnership and a range of local organisations. For more information contact the Events Team at Horsham District Council on (01403) 215279 or email events@horsham.gov.uk.

Sparks In The Park

by Enjoy Sussex

Sparks In The Park
Sunday 24 July 2011
12 - 5pm
Horsham Park

Sebastian Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), announced recently that it is one year to go to the opening of the London 2012 Festival.  Horsham will be joining in theese national Open Weekend celebrations at Sparks In The Park on Sunday 24 July from 12noon to 5pm in Horsham Park.

This 2012-themed park spectacular offers plenty of entertainment for all to take part in and enjoy.  Look out for Children’s TV presenter Dave Benson Phillips who will be compering the Set4Success Youth Sports Challenge whilst Sarah-Jane Honeywell from Cbeebies/BBC Mighty Mites will be performing on the main stage!

Sports for people to watch and take part in is a major part of the event of course but Sparks In The Park is not just about sports; there's also live music, dance, creative workshops, circus skills, carnival flag making, samba, and comedy entertainers. For younger children the Active Play Zones includes inflatable fun, soft play and entertainment whilst older children can enjoy the thrills provided by Bensons Fun Fair. Sparks in the Park will finish with a grand finale of the flamboyant and colourful Shout Out Carnival parade - get there early and you too could be part of the parade!

Sparks in the Park is organised by Horsham District Council with free entry and free parking across the town centre. A donation to The Rotary Club of Horsham will be requested from those choosing to park in Horsham Park.

More details about the entertainment programme will be available in the coming weeks. For further information email events@horsham.gov.uk or telephone 01403 215279.  www.sparksinthepark.co.uk.


Ernie's Incredible Illucinations

by Christs Hospital

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th May at 8pm in The Theatre

Tickets: Adults £8, Conc £7, Children £4

Contact: The Box Office - Tel: 01403 247434, Email: boxoffice@christs-hospital.org.uk

The Junior School bring Alan Ayckbourn’s one act flight of fancy to the stage in their own anarchic style. We follow the life of Ernie, a small boy whose daydreams become real blurring the line between the worlds of imagination and reality. Watch as we hurtle through a world of armies, spies, carnivals and marching bands.


Brochure.pdf (1.30 mb)



Court Room Classic - Violin & Piano Recital

by Christs Hospital

Friday 6th May at 8pm in The Court Room

Tickets: Adults £8, Conc £7

Contact: The Box Office: Tel: 01403 247434, Email: boxoffice@christs-hospital.org.uk

Violinist Katy Smith, initially a pupil at the Yehudi Menuhin School and now a prize-winning student in her first year at the Royal College of Music, joins John Forster, Christ’s Hospital’s former Head of piano, for this Court Room Classic. Their programme comprises sonatas by Mozart and Faure, a little gem by Debussy and celebrated violin pieces by Ysaye and Sarasate. The finale is Franz Waxman’s fiendishly difficult Carmen Fantasy! Not to be missed!


Brochure.pdf (1.30 mb)