Tag Archives: Handel

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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Classical Round-Up for May 2015

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 … Continue reading

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The November Classical Round-Up

I love going to local concerts at this time of year. Even reading about the ones I’m not going to attend can be fun. Excitement starts building in November as we plough ahead toward the Christmas and holiday season. It’s … Continue reading

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December 2011 Round-Up

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 … Continue reading

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Handel’s Messiah by Hastings Philharmonic Choir

Hastings Philharmonic Choir will be performing a somewhat abridged version of Handels’ Messiah at Christchurch, London Road in St Leonards at 7pm on Saturday 19th November.  (map) The orchestra is professional and will be conducted by Hilary Davan Wetton.  According to … Continue reading

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July’s Classical Round-Up

While large portions of the western world may bemoan the sorry state of the music business, Lewesians can rest easy in the knowledge that musicians of the highest quality are alive and well and performing in their community. July will … Continue reading

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What’s On In May?

A little late getting going with this but here you go: Top of the list for May has to be the Brighton Festival’s Glyndebourne recital by Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes.  (Watch my lips, now: it’s life óvah áhns-ness). Amazingly, … Continue reading

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If you haven’t yet heard the Kantanti Ensemble. . .

Well, why not? The Kantanti Ensemble is a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists founded by the London-based conductor Lee Reynolds that gives performances throughout the year. The ensemble was formed in August 2009 on a cross-channel ferry from St Malo … Continue reading

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