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The next concert will be on Saturday 12th May, 7.30pm, at St Andrews Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill. It will be a celebration of Mike Wood’s 30 years of leading the BHSO and 25 years with the Burgess Hill Choral Society. The programme will comprise Beethoven’s Coriolanus Overture, Violin Concerto (soloist Frances Mason) and Symphony No. 9 (jointly with BHCS). Tickets available from Burgess Hill Help Point or 01444 243683.


Do you play an orchestral instrument to a good standard? The BHSO is always interested in renewing its forces. Please see www.bhso.org.uk for details on how to join.


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composers and this year they will join the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony. The members of both organisations will tell you that they have benefited hugely from Mike’s ambition, enthusiasm and energetic leadership. Somewhere along the way, Mike found time to study the recorder under the tutelage of Evelyn Nallen and the violin with Robert Trory and Robert Haydon-Clarke and he still occasionally plays with the Kaiser String Quartet. But when I asked him what had given him the greatest pleasure in his life in music, he said: “I just love bringing out the best in people – and sometimes enabling them to exceed their own expectations. It’s wonderful when someone says ‘You know, I never imagined that I’d ever have the opportunity to be a part of...’.”


I wonder just how many people over the past 37 years – performers, participants, pupils and audiences – are in Mike’s debt for their introduction to the pleasure of classical music? Let us hope he goes on for much longer. He’s talking about learning the harp! ■


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