Long-serving Music On Sundays chairman Jean Greenlees is stepping down after six years in post.
Jean is delighted to hand over the chairmanship of the popular Chichester club to city-based soprano Jacquelyn Fugelle. Her legacy is a thriving club in excellent health.
Jean, who is 78, said she prided herself on the excellent standards the club had always maintained with its monthly programme of professional performers at its Sunday afternoon sessions in Christ Church in Old Market Avenue, off South Street.
But now she feels it is time to hand over the reins.
“Jacquelyn is a professional singer, and we were talking about concerts, and I was able to give her a date. And then I said, rather chattily, that I didn’t think I could go on doing this much longer. I had asked the committee if anyone would take over, but no-one could. So I said I feared Music On Sundays would have to close if no-one came forward.
“Jacquelyn just said ‘It can’t possibly stop! I will do it!’” – a little instance of history repeating itself. Jean had herself taken over in similar circumstances when previous chairman Poppy Crosby felt it was time to stand down.
Jean joined initially as secretary in 2007 and became chairman in 2008.
Jean brought to the task a wealth of experience in booking artists, having previously worked with the Plymouth Chamber Music Trust, Dartmouth Festival Orchestra, the Herts and Essex Concert Club and the Chichester Chamber Concerts series: “It has mainly been a pleasure”, Jean smiles. “I know a lot of professional artists, and I know how to book them. But it has started to get a little bit tiring over the past year. I will carry on coming to the concerts, but it has been a lot of hard work. And now I have two new baby grand-daughters!”
In Jean’s time, Music On Sundays has grown from around 70-80 members to about the 100 mark: “It would be nice to get a few more members, but people do buy tickets on the door, and our finances remain stable. It is about knowing how much you have to spend and booking your artists accordingly.”
Open to members and visitors, with students admitted at half-price, Music on Sundays was founded in 1995 and originally met at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester.
Jean is delighted it has found a happy new home at Christ Church: “We had to move from the Oxmarket because they couldn’t house our piano, but it couldn’t have been better for us. We don’t have to keep moving the piano, and the church keep it very well.”
Meetings are held from 2.30-4.30pm normally on one Sunday each month, doors open at 2pm.
Admission to all presentations is £10 for non-members (students £5), except October £6 (students £3). Life membership allows free admission to concerts for life. Standard membership requires ticket entry of £5 for all concerts in 2014.
Events coming up include:
June 29: The Chichester String Ensemble, Mark Hartt-Palmer, director with Kirsty Shewan and Graham Paul, trumpets. Music by Bach, Vivaldi, Grieg, Suk and Nielsen. Part of the Festival of Chichester.
July 27 Odinn Baldvinssen, flute and Patricia Romero, piano. Music by Schubert, Chaminade, Dutilleux, Debussy and Prokofiev.