Henry Burstow Events in Southwater

On Saturday 26th January, there was the the first of two linked events at Holy Innocents Church, Southwater, to celebrate the wonderful singing of the famed Horsham character, Henry Burstow (1826–1916). He was a shoemaker and bellringer best known for his vast repertoire of songs, many of which were collected in the folksong revival of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was also the author of Reminiscences of Horsham, which gives a lively picture of life in the mid-nineteenth century.
The workshop was led by Alex Hodgkinson, Director of Music at Christ’s Hospital, with Sussex Traditions management committee member, Tony Elphick there to talk about the man and to sing some of his songs

Tony Elphick at the workshop event.

The second event, also in the Southwater Church, will be a rehearsal and concert on the afternoon of Sunday February 10th, when singers from the workshop will perform some of Henry Burstow’s songs and a choir from Christ’s Hospital, Schola Cantorum, will perform a selection of music of Sussex. Both events are part of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019.