Horsham Performers Platform (HPP) provides opportunities for amateur musicians and singers of all ages to perform in a friendly environment and to receive feedback and advice from distinguished professional musicians.
The emphasis of HPP is on education and performance rather than competition so there are no trophies but all performers receive a certificate for participating.
HPP was founded in 2009 by local musicians Kay Tucker (cellist), Rachel Ellis (violinist), and Rosemary Hensor (pianist).
A competitive music festival had been running in Horsham from around 1929 until 1968.
Rosemary was a thoroughly established and widely respected teacher and accompanist, hosting an exam centre in her home, and had taken part in some of these festivals as a child! The cellist member of the trio, Kay, had been an adjudicator for the British International Federation of festivals since 1997 and was keen to see a Festival back in Horsham. Rachel Ellis, as a prominent local teacher and performer (most notably as leader of Horsham Symphony Orchestra) was aware of the need to bring encouragement to pupils and teachers alike across the Horsham District. So with these 3 ladies bringing their experience and enthusiasm together, HPP was born.
In 2012, as a result of the success of the festival held in 2011, HPP was accepted as a member of the British and International Federation of Festivals. In January 2018, HPP became a registered charity no. 1176489
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