Category Archives: Concert Reviews

Lewes Chamber Music Festival: Coffee Concert, All Saints Centre, Sunday, June 14

Benjamin Britten must have had a joyful time composing his Three Suites For Solo Cello.All three were dedicated to and premiered by the great Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich. Cello Suite No 2, Op 80, dating from 1967, was performed with verve and … Continue reading

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Lewes Chamber Music Festival: The London Haydn Quartet | 13 June, 2015

The town of Lewes was privileged to host the London Haydn Quartet for the fourth concert of the 2015 Lewes Chamber Music Festival. Beethoven’s last major work, the String Quartet in F Major, bears Beethoven’s mysterious riddle: Muss es sein? … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Nicola Benedetti with Worthing Symphony | 7 June 2015

The international phenomenon Nicola Benedetti, one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation, enthralled a packed audience at the Worthing Assembly Hall on a glorious Sunday afternoon. Playing the Brahms violin concerto in D with the Worthing Symphony, she … Continue reading

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Being Both | Alice Coote explores gender in opera, Brighton Dome

The common practice in 18th century Handel operas for women to sing the roles of men was accepted without controversy by the audience. These so-called ‘trouser roles’ were not limited simply to the characters of young boys, but could be … Continue reading

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Review – Kantanti Ensemble, by Ruth Kerr

  Sunday February 5th, St John Sub Castro, Lewes A fresh batch of snow and freezing temperatures were not enough to deter the doughty Lewesians from attending the Kantanti Ensemble’s latest concert on Sunday – indeed they arrived in their … Continue reading

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Paddock Singers sing in Christmas to full house

There’s that undefinable something that happens (or doesn’t happen) at some point every year that hits the heart and says to you, “Mmm, feels like Christmas.”  That happened for me and I suspect for many in the St John Sub … Continue reading

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Silver Shines Bright as Mireille

Those of us fortunate enough to have heard last night’s semi-staged performance of Gounod’s opera Mireille by New Sussex Opera at Lewes Town Hall were treated to some world-class singing by South African soprano Sally Silver.  The role of Mireille … Continue reading

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The Big Iolanthe hits Lewes

Last night’s opening of The Big Iolanthe at the Lewes Town Hall was truly a joyous event. The brainchild of conductor/composer/arranger Lee Reynolds, this is a jazz rewrite of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe. In Reynold’s words, “Imagine Sullivan had been … Continue reading

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Violinist Beatrice Philips in recital, Debussy and Franck sonatas

Anyone who was fortunate enough to have caught Kantanti Ensemble’s violinist Beatrice Philips in recital at St. John Sub Castro this past Sunday afternoon will, I expect, have some of the sheer musical energy she brought to it still ringing … Continue reading

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Ladies Night at the Opera with The Paddock Singers

The Paddock Singers’ “Ladies Night at the Opera” last evening at Pelham House in Lewes was a very pleasant affair, mostly due to two factors: fine and sensible programming and a group of exuberant women filled with the joy of singing. … Continue reading

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