Classical Round-Up for May 2015

Soprano Alice Coote - Being Both

Soprano Alice Coote – Being Both

The Brighton Fringe and OperaCoast present a programme of vocal and instrumental music commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of WW2. School children from Lewes will read selected poems written by children of Theresienstadt concentration camp.
Fri, 1-7:30pm at St John sub Castro, Lewes
Sat, 2-7:30pm at Brighton Unitarian Church
Tickets £12 – Tourist Information Centre, High Street, Lewes

New Sussex Opera presents Purcell’s The Indian Queen. This was Purcell’s final opera, left unfinished until his brother Daniel took up the task. It’s the story of Acacis and Quivera, two lovers separated by war. Nick Milner-Gulland conducts, directed by Rebecca Hanbury.
Sat, 2–7:30pm, Birley Centre, Eastbourne
Sun, 3–7:30pm, All Saints Centre, Lewes
Mon, 4– 7:30pm, Barcombe Village Hall
Tickets £16 & £12, Lewes Town Hall, or 0333 666 3366

The Corelli Ensemble perform a concert showcasing the music, poetry and art of Seaford. On the bill is Holst’s St Paul’s Suite, Vaughan Williams’ Sussex Folk Song and Lark Ascending, Percy Grainger’s Molly on the Shore and Seaford poems by Simon Birch.
Sat, 9-7:30pm-Seaford Head School, Seaford – Tickets:

Come and Sing Carmina Burana! An all-day workshop on this wild and wonderful piece presented by Lewes choral directors Ruth Kerr and John Hancorn. Coffee and biscuits are included in the price of your ticket.
Sun, 10-10:30am to 4:30pm at St John sub Castro, Lewes – Tickets £20,

The LYRA present a concert of Russian church and folk music. LYRA’s stated goal is to explore and popularise Russian choral music. This is the only Sussex appearance on their UK tour.
Tues, 12–7:30pm–Westgate Chapel, Lewes

In Being Both, The English Concert with artists Harry Bicket, Alice Coote, and Lewes’ own Susannah Waters, explore the meaning of being both male and female through the music of Handel. This unusual venture features music from his operas, oratorios and cantatas.
Thurs 14- 8pm, Brighton Dome
Tickets £10, £15, £18.50, £22.50, £27.50

Baritone Jak Baksi, pianist Elizabeth Woodhouse and narrator Sonya Baksi give a recital of Franz Schubert’s songs with readings, translations and stories about his poet friends.

Sun, 17-3pm, Westgate Unitarian Church, free

The Lewes Concert Orchestra plays music by Mozart, Grieg and Tchaikovsky, featuring piano soloist Alicia Chaffey.
Fri, 22–7:30pm – Town Hall, Lewes – Tickets £10 advance, £12 on the door

Pianist Anna Tilbrook, tenor Benjamin Hulett and violist Phillip Dukes perform a programme including Schubert, Gurney, Britten and Vaughan Williams.
Sat, 23- 7pm – Glynde Place, Tickets £25,

This article by Paul Austin Kelly was originally printed in the May 2015 issue of Viva Lewes magazine.  Reprinted with permission.


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