Dance, Music and Bell Ringing to celebrate the Life of Henry Burstow

Saturday 22 October 2016. Welcoming bells from 7pm, concert starting at 7.30pm
Venue: St Mary's Parish Church, Causeway, Horsham, RH12 1HE
Price: £10 per adult in advance or £12.50 on the day, under 15s £8

Tickets can be purchased from:
The Capitol Box office: or 01403 750220
Horsham Museum & Art Gallery - in person or on the phone 01403 211 661
St Mary's Parish Office - The Barn, Causeway
Horsham Folk Club

Further information on the museum website 


The 100th anniversary of the death of Horsham character Henry Burstow will be marked in style by a unique event on Saturday 22 October in St Mary’s Church in Horsham’s Causeway, a church Burstow knew well from ringing its bells.

Along with Horsham Bell ringers who will wake Horsham up after a Saturday siesta, Horsham Folk Club are reflecting Burstow’s passion for folk songs by singing a selection of the songs listed by Burstow in his Reminiscences of Horsham. To compliment those songs the Broadwood Morris men will perform in the church to music Burstow would have known.

Whilst Burstow may have been a local folk and bell ringing celebrity, thanks to the visit to Horsham by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904 Burstow is known on the wider musical stage. Later taking inspiration from folk songs William’s helped to transform British classical music. He went on to create one of the outstanding British works of the 20th century Lark Ascending which will be performed by Andrew Bernardi on the 1696 Stradivarius together with his critically acclaimed Music Group, String Academy and Christs’ Hospital Director of music in Andrew Cleary. Lark Ascending was the second most requested piece of music to be played in America on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the dedicatee Marie Hall also premiered The Lark on a Stradivarius which is now named in her honour.

The concert will continue with other classical pieces all drawing inspiration from English folk music such as the Warlock’s Capriol Suite and Vaughan William’s Monks Gate.

Funds raised by the concert will be donated to the Friends of Horsham Museum. Buy tickets directly on

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