Richard Durrant & BYO String Ensemble Concert

Richard Durrant

Sunday 18 March at 4pm (doors at 3.30pm) Sarah Abraham’s Recital Hall,
Brighton College, Eastern Road, Brighton, BN2 0AL.

The stunning purpose-built Sarah Abraham Recital Hall is hosting this
special concert featuring ex-Brighton Youth Orchestra member Richard
Durrant. Now a globe-trotting concert artist and composer, Richard’s
shows sell out all over Britain. In this latest collaboration, he’ll
be performing a selection of his phenomenal repertoire, including ‘The
Girl at the Airport’ for guitar and strings and a specially arranged
extract from his latest work ‘Six Grooves for Ukulele.

Free for encore members.
Tickets £15 including a free interval glass of fizz. Concessions
£12. Children under 10 free.
All proceeds to encore –

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The Lewes Singers perform 24 & 25 February

The Lewes Singers

The Lewes Singers (22 on this occasion) are singing the same concert TWICE this weekend. Both concerts are at unusual times:

Saturday 24 Feb at 6pm (ended by 7.30) at All Saints Church, Grange Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4HE
Sunday 25 Feb at 3.30pm (ended by 5pm) at Ringmer Parish Church (3 miles out of Lewes) BN8 5JX

The programme of ‘Twentieth century choral masterpieces’ consists of:

  • Finzi: Lo, the full, final sacrifice
  • Howells: organ solo
  • Copland: In the beginning
  • Howells: organ solo
  • Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb
Most likely you know the Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb, but that’s not even the best thing in the concert! The Finzi is my favourite – a stunningly beautiful and moving number. The Lewes Singers are joined by London organist: Iestyn Evans who will accompany both those pieces, as well as playing one of Herbert Howells: Psalm Preludes and one of his Rhapsodies.
And then, perhaps the most unusual piece is Copland’s: In the beginning, featuring our own star Mezzo Soprano: Briony Lambert. This is an a cappella ‘tour de force’ with typically evocative American harmonies, you know, open spaces, noble stark melodies, John Wayne etc.
Tickets at £10 are available on the door, and it would be lovely to see you there.
with very best wishes
Nick Houghton
Organ – Continuo – Harpsichord
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Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble -
 Saturday 24 February at 7pm

Announcing a performance by the Brighton Youth Orchestra String Ensemble with singers Megan Turvey, Nell Parry and Melanie Rattue.

VENUE: The Basement, Kensington Street, Brighton BN1 4AJ

For our first encore concert of 2018, we are delighted to be hosting
BYO String Ensemble at the Basement with a programme to appeal to all
ages, so bring friends and family and help us launch our concert

The ensemble will perform a selection of Finzi songs
with Megan Turvey as soloist. Until recently Megan was a member of the
National Youth Choir of Great Britain, and has sung solo many times
including some Taverner with the String Ensemble.  Megan is also a
fine saxophonist, leads BYO on the violin and is working on an art
foundation course at Greater Brighton Metropolitan College. 

our celebration of singing, the programme will also include the
gorgeous aria from the beginning of Act 3 in Mozart’s marriage of
Figaro. Our aria singers are Nell Parry, principal oboe for BYO and
Melanie Rattue, first violinist for BYO but for whom voice is her
principal instrument which she studies at Junior Trinity College of

Other works in the programme will be an eclectic mixture
of pieces, with the added twist of seeing the ensemble perform from
memory and sometimes with the lights dimmed right down. This first
happened some years ago when the ensemble was playing in Dieppe music
school and the lights failed….  It proved to be an atmospheric
performance, so we’ll be recreating a little of that magic at The

Members: Please let us know if you are coming and we will reserve you
seats at the front.  Email
Non-members: To find out more about membership, visit  Membership starts at as little as £10 a month.
Otherwise, just turn up at the door with a donation and enjoy the

Venue information:  There will be a bar serving
selected alcohol and soft drinks. For access, The Basement has a chair
lift down to the bar and ramp into the main performance space.  If
you have other access requirements, please contact Bec on for information or assistance.

Free for encore members!
Donations on the door for non-members
(suggested donation £10 for adults, children welcome)

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Concert on Sunday 28th January – Seaford

Blow away the winter blues with an uplifting afternoon of live Classical music with the Corelli Ensemble.

The superb oboist Owen Dennis, and violinist Maeve Jenkinson will perform Bach’s energizing concerto for oboe and violin in C minor. Also included will be Bach’s Air, Boccherini’s charming Minuet (from the film “The Lady Killers”), and “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the film “The Mission” which continues the Corelli Ensemble’s current theme of Music from the Movies.

You are warmly invited to refreshments after the concert, so come along and enjoy an afternoon of gorgeous music with the Corelli Ensemble.

Sunday 28th January at 4p.m.

Seaford Baptist Church, Belgrave Road, Seaford BN25 2EE

Tickets can be reserved at the special price of £10 by emailing or by visiting our website ,  or purchased from the Seaford Tourist Office. Advanced tickets must be reserved before noon on the day of the concert. Tickets are also available on the door for £12. Children free.

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Lewes Concert Orchestra features Moore work for xylophone!

Sir Patrick Moore, composer with xylophonist Christopher Beaumont

The Lewes Concert Orchestra concert will perform in Lewes Town Hall on 15 December, featuring, among other pieces, three xylophone pieces by Sir Patrick Moore – astronomer and xylophonist – played by Christopher Beaumont.
The full programme is:

Bach – Suite No. 3 in D
Sir Patrick MooreThe Penguin Parade, Sunrise Polka, The Hurricane – Xylophone, Christopher Beaumont
HumperdinckSandman scene and Pantomime from Hansel and Gretel 
Delius – Sleigh Ride
Sullivan – Overture di ballo
Three pieces sung by the Schola of St. Pancras Church

Tickets will be £10 in advance from Lewes Town Hall, or by e-mail to They will be £12 on the door, as before. Under 18s and students (with ID) get in for only £5.

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The Janus Ensemble bring Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale to Chiddingly, September 29th 2017

The Soldier, Joseph, gives his violin to a mysterious stranger in exchange for a book promising untold wealth and wisdom. He is forced to confront questions of what is valuable and what does it really mean to be rich in life. Come and hear the results of this encounter in Stravinsky’s masterpiece which will be “played, read and danced” as part of the 2017 Chiddingly Festival.

We are delighted to welcome to the Festival the Janus Ensemble, “a terrific group of young, talented, enthusiastic players whose musicianship is exemplary” (Jonathan Cohen, conductor and former BBC presenter). Joining them to tell the story will be actors Keith Drinkel, Simon Kane and Shaun Chambers and dancer, Phoebe Horn. Children from Chiddingly and East Hoathly Schools will be performing songs they have written on the themes on the piece.

Chiddingly Village Hall, September 29th 2017

6pm Informal Introduction.     6.45pm Performance.      Bar and refreshments from 5pm.

Tickets: £5 adults, £2 children under 16, subsidised by the Wealdway Community Play Fund

Further details and tickets at:

Artwork by Clive Hicks-Jenkins

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Lewes Festival of Song, July 2017

















Lewes Festival of Song 2017 is in bloom this summer from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July, at our venue in St. Anne’s Church, and tickets can be bought on our website or via Lewes Tourist Information Centre, 01273 483448.
The Festival Pass is a snip at £60: all concerts are £15 except for Saturday lunchtime which is £12. Under 16s are half price.

We draw on the wonderful international talents of Lewes in a big way this year, with Lewes artists Sally Matthews, Finnur Bjarnason, Paul Austin Kelly, Carol Kelly and Susannah Waters all taking part. Another highlight is a visit from equally renowned tenor Paul Nilon.

First up is Banalités on Friday 7th evening at 7.30pm, with Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Duparc and Fauré, performed with gallic charm by James Newby, Sophie Gallagher and Oliver Lallemant.
Among many accolades, James won the Kathleen Ferrier Award in 2016 and the Richard Tauber prize for Lieder in 2015. Sophie takes a break from singing Emmie in Albert Herring in Buxton to join us: an award-winning soprano at RCM, she sang the role first for Firenze Maggio Musicale.Oliver is Director of Music at Holy Trinity, Sloane Square and a polymath musician.

The second concert is An English Garland on Saturday 8th at 1pm. Emma Stannard and Keval Shah perform fresh English songs to include Britten, Finzi, Quilter and Bridge, for a summer afternoon.
Emma makes a return visit to LFoS fresh from completing her Royal Academy opera course, where she won two major awards: she is singing Minerva in II ritorno d’Ulisse at the Grange Festival this summer. Keval and Emma won the Audrey Strange award in the 2016 Royal Overseas League competition. Keval won all the major music prizes at Cambridge university, and the Elena Gerhardt Lieder Prize at the Royal Academy: he has performed at the Oxford and Leeds Lieder Festivals.

We travel to Scandinavia on Saturday evening at 7.30pm, unable to resist the trend towards Nordic Noir. Husband and wife team Sally Matthews and Finnur Bjarnason sing Scandinavian songs including Sibelius, Grieg, Rautavarra and Nielson.
Sally has sung major roles at all the main opera houses, given recitals at the most prestigious concert venues and sung with the world’s most acclaimed conductors. Icelandic-born tenor Finnur has a string of major roles to his name for Komisches Opera in Berlin, the Châtelet in Paris and the Staatsoper in Munich, to name but a few. He has made many recordings of songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Jón Leifs. A Lewes-based husband and wife team, they are accompanied by Nancy Cooley, Artistic Director of this festival: a winner of the Walther Grüner accompanist’s prize, she is an experienced song recitalist and chamber musician and coaches at the Royal College of Music.

The Sunday lunchtime recital at 1pm is Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin. This tender depiction of a young man’s journey artlessly honours the folk-simplicity of Müller’s poems in music of the deepest profundity and humanity. Richard Wigmore will be setting the scene and guiding us into the cycle in his introduction.
Paul Nilon is one of Europe’s leading lyric tenors. This season he sings Monteverdi’s Ulisse for The Grange Festival, Peter Grimes and Winterreise at Dartington, takes the title role in Death in Venice in Berlin and gives a recital with Nancy at the Buxton Festival. Richard is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer specialising in Romantic and Classical chamber music, and in Lieder.

The journeying theme continues, and the festival ends, on Sunday 9th July at 7.30pm, with Two tales, two turning points, featuring a staged performance by Susannah Waters of Janacek’s unique cycle Diary of One Who Disappeared, preceded by Mahler’s Four Songs of a Wayfaring Journeyman and some of Janacek’s piano miniatures, On an Overgrown Path. Paul Austin Kelly and Marcia Bellamy head up the casts, Carol Kelly and Yoko Ono accompany, Nancy Cooley performs the solos.

Since her debut at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin Marcia has sung in opera, oratorios and music theatre in the U.S., Canada and throughout Europe. Locally she sang in The Finnish prisoner by Orlando Gough, directed by Susannah. Yoko is much in demand across the world as a solo pianist and chamber musician, and teaches at the Royal College of Music. Paul has sung leading tenor roles in opera houses including La Scala, Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne. On the concert stage, his repertoire ranges from Britten to Berg. Lewes based, he and his wife Carol gave a recital for the Nicholas Yonge Society last year. Carol is a frequent recitalist and repetiteur with a prestigious background leading training programmes here and abroad. Susannah’s recent work includes Imago for Glyndebourne Opera, and Birtwistle’s Down by the Greenwood Side and Being Both for the Brighton Festival: the latter was also performed at the 2016 proms.

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Corelli Ensemble – Seaford, 5th Feb. 4pm

Ella Rundle
(Photo- Robert Piwk)

Corelli Ensemble Concert with Ella Rundle, cello.
Sunday 5th February at 4pm
Cross Way Church, Steyne Road, Seaford BN25 1HT

Come and enjoy the beautiful sounds of the cello, played by the amazingly talented Ella Rundle. Ella will be performing Vivaldi’s best loved cello concerto in B minor in the Corelli Ensemble’s first concert in Seaford of 2017. The Corelli Ensemble will also be performing great pieces of music by English composers, some well known and some lesser known, but still fabulous music! The emotionally powerful Chaconne by Purcell will be paired with concertos by Handel and Stanley, featuring solos by musical director, Maeve Jenkinson and cellist, Sarah Davison. Continuing the Corelli Ensemble’s “Festival of Finzi” the programme will also include a performance of Finzi‘s Prelude for String Orchestra.

The concert will last an hour, perfect for both young and old, and afterwards the audience is warmly invited to join the performers for refreshments. Join us for an afternoon of wonderful music, live with the Corelli Ensemble.

Tickets can be pre-reserved from our website for a special price of £10 before noon on the day of the concert. Alternatively you can simply reply to this email. Ticket bought on the door are priced £12. Children are Free.

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Christmas services for Trinity’s 3 churches

Here are the listings for all the Christmas services across Trinity Church, Lewes – which is now one church organization with three sites.

Please note the following key to the 3 Lewes church sites:
SJ = Trinity St Johns Sub Castro

SO = Trinity Southover

SM = Trinity South Malling

TRINITY Church Christmas Services
Sun 11th SJ 3pm Christingle
Sun 11th SM 6:30pm Carol Service
Sun 18th SO 10am Family Nativity
Sun 18th SJ 11:15am Family Nativity
Sun 18th SO 4pm Carol Service
Sun 18th SJ 4:30pm Communion with Carols
Sun 18th SO 6:30pm Carol Service
Sat 24th SM 3:30pm Young Families Crib Service
Sat 24th SO 3:30pm Toddler Crib Service
Sat 24th SJ 6pm Family Crib Service
Sat 24th SM 11pm Midnight Communion
Sat 24th SO 11pm Midnight Communion
Sun 25th SM 9:30am Christmas Day Family Service
Sun 25th SO 10am Christmas Day Family Service
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Classical Music Round-Up for November 2016 – Lewes, East Sussex

November is often a dark and brooding month, summer just a fond memory as we slouch resignedly towards winter. But soprano Briony Lambert and pianist Nicholas Houghton are presenting a recital of 20th Century songs that could go a long way towards helping you mitigate the month’s melancholia. Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements interestingly were written entirely while he was on a visit to America between 1939 and 1942. They might more accurately be described as compositions rather than arrangements, as the piano provides not an accompaniment to the song but another voice entirely. Evening, Morning, Night, also by Britten is a short song cycle originally written as incidental music for a play. Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, written during the 1950s, are settings of thoughts and observations by Irish monks from medieval times. These texts were, more often than not, private marginalia and were not meant to see the light of day––some profane, some deeply religious. Barber’s music is at once brilliant, melodic and accessible.
Sun 6, 3pm, St Michael’s Church, free with retiring collection

Since Brahms wrote Ein Deutsches Requiem for the living, not the dead, it’s perhaps an uplifting work to immerse yourself in at this time of year. The Brighton Festival Chorus will perform this great masterpiece along with another of Brahms’ choral works, Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), a setting of a poem by Friedrich Hölderlin, one of Germany’s finest Romantic poets. Though much shorter than the Requiem, it is considered by many to be its equal in sheer musical brilliance. The soloists will be soprano Sarah Tynan and baritone Leigh Melrose and the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Morgan.
Sun 6, 2:45pm, Brighton Dome, £12-37,

The Corelli Ensemble continues its “Festival of Finzi” with the Corelli Suite for strings in D minor, Bach’s Oboe Concerto (featuring soloist Owen Dennis), Finzi’s Romance for String Orchestra and Saint-Saens Rondo Cappriccioso which will feature solo violinist, Maeve Jenkinson.
Sun 6, 4pm, Cross Way Church, Seaford, £10-12,

20th century British a cappella choral works are on the bill for the Esterhazy Chamber Choir, offering Herbert Howell’s Requiem, Hubert Parry‘s Songs of Farewell, and music of the late John Tavener, including the Song for Athene, which featured in the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. Their conductor will be Richard Dawson.
Sat 19, 7:30pm, St Michaels Church, £10-12, under 16s free,

Musicians of All Saints, conducted by Andrew Sherwood, will perform Vivaldi’s Concerto in A minor (solo bassoonist Ian Glen), a premiere performance of Ian Morgan Williams’ Some Easy Music, Barry Mills Nocturnal Landscapes and Bright Morning Star for Violin and Strings, (violinist Christopher Phipps) and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.
Sat 19, 7:45pm, All Saints Centre, £12 & 9, children free

As a final note, we’re pleased to hear that the Lewes Chamber Music Festival have given us their dates for 2017–– they are 23, 24 & 25 of June. There will also be an LCMF Christmas Concert on 16 December at St Michael’s Church.

Paul Austin Kelly

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