The Lewes winter chills can best be warded off with plenty of musical comfort foods––Handel’s Messiah, for instance, being performed by the East Sussex Bach Choir. The orchestra, The Baroque Collective, lead by the very talented Alison Bury, play on all period instruments giving Handel’s great masterwork a distinct authenticity. The East Sussex Bach Choir is lead by its music director, the equally talented John Hancorn. Soloists will be soprano Daisy Brown, counter-tenor Matthew Venner, bass Derek Welton, and tenor, yours truly, Paul Austin Kelly.
Saturday, Dec 10 – St John sub Castro church, Abinger Place, Lewes, BN7 2QA (map) Tickets £18, £15, £10, under 14 free – Phone for tickets: 07759 878562 or on door.
In nearby Alfriston Pro Musica will present Duruflé’s Requiem. This work was written in 1947 and its various musical themes are taken from Gregorian Chant. This version of the work (there are 3) will be performed by 4-part choir with organ accompaniment and will feature two soloists, soprano Lucy Williams and baritone Michael Bunting. The organist will be David Ollosson.
Sun, December 4, 6pm, St Andrews Church, Alfriston –
Tickets £7.50 on the door, children free, Phone: 01273 474617
And finally the Paddock Singers will offer an evening of carols with congregational singing as well as various compositions sung by the Paddock Singers. The event will also feature readings by local celeb, Jonathan Cullen.
Sunday, Dec 11, 7:30pm – St Michaels Church, High St, Lewes, BN7 1XU (map)
Tickets £7 for adults £5 concessions, children under 14 free.
by Paul Austin Kelly
This article was previously published in the December 2011 issue of Viva Lewes magazine.