Tuesday 18 July 2023

The Music Room at Champs Hill to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2024

The Music Room at Champs Hill (Photo: Philip Hollis)
The Music Room at Champs Hill (Photo: Philip Hollis)

When he retired from a 40 year career in farming, David Bowerman and his wife Mary decided to create a state-of-the-art concert hall at home in West Sussex. The result was the Music Room at Champs Hill which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2024. That is 25 years bringing the highest-quality music-making to the area, giving a platform to emerging artists, and promoting lesser-known repertoire by giving concerts in the Music Room, using it as a recording studio and issuing records under their own Champs Hill label. 

As part of the 25th-anniversary celebrations, The Music Room will host an array of performances by world-class musicians. The schedule includes specially curated concerts from Roderick Williams, the Belcea Quartet and Quator Ebene, in the same concert performing Mendelssohn’s Octet.

Over the last 25 years, The Music Room has hosted a rich tapestry of performances and recordings, by such acclaimed artists as Simon Keenlyside, Nikolai Demidenko, James Gilchrist, Steven Isserlis, Dame Felicity Lott & Graham Johnson, Chloe Hanslip, Jack Liebeck, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Viktoria Mullova, Richard Rodney-Bennett, Amanda Roocroft, Nicky Spence, and Roderick Williams. Speaking about The Music Room, Williams comments: "It's a beautiful place to be. You look out of the windows in between pieces, and you see the Downs stretching out in front of you. They have the most gorgeous garden, and an amazing rockery. As you look around, you find sculptures sprinkled here and there. It's a remarkable place to be and to record."

Further information from the Champs Hill website.

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