December is always a busy month, so the Hornsea Music Society concert season takes a break. However, plans for 2016 are well under way.
The first event is on Saturday 9th January, when there is a New Year party at St Nicholas Parish Church Hall, Newbegin, Hornsea. Both members and non-members are welcome to join in this social evening, which will include musical entertainment, a raffle, and not least the Society’s legendary sumptuous buffet. Admission is £5, and doors open at 7 for 7.30pm.
The first concert of the New Year will present Scarborough based bass, Mike Leigh. Mike trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. For most of his professional career, he worked in the full-time chorus of Opera North. He performed a number of roles for them including Ernesto in The Thieving Magpie, Dr Grenvil in La Traviata and the ballad singer in Sweeney Todd. His last role was The Priest in La Giaconda, after which he gave up his singing career to become a priest.
After being a curate at St Michael’s, North Hull, Mike moved to Scarborough in 2006 to be vicar of St Mark’s, Newby. Mike continues to enjoy performing concerts and recitals whenever he can. In his spare time, he likes nothing better than fish and chips, real ale and playing hide and seek with his wife, two girls and their dog Wellington in the vicarage garden.
Mike will be joined by a familiar face on the local music scene, pianist Frank James.
The concert is on Saturday 23rd January, at Hornsea United Reformed Church, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8.50 for adults, and are available from Vernon Galleries, Newbegin, Hornsea (01964 532986). Accompanied children get in free.
In the meantime, the Hornsea Music Society wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at a concert in 2016.