Tag Archives: Paul Austin Kelly

The January 2016 Classical Round-Up

January is often a quiet month for music concerts. Many of us, I suspect, are hunkering down and recovering from holiday exertions and excesses. However, for those happy to sally forth, we have a few goodies this month that will … Continue reading

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Rare opera Mignon by Ambroise Thomas performed by New Sussex Opera

The name ‘Breaky Bottom’ is usually associated with our fine local wines, but in 1975 it was also the name of the opera company performing in a barn owned by vintner Peter Hall. Reborn in Lewes as New Sussex Opera, … Continue reading

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Classical Round-Up for October, 2015

It’s a lively month for classical music here in Lewes and environs. *David Ollosson starts us off with an organ recital, happily featuring some Bach as well as Hindemith’s Sonata No. 1, and a couple of works by Alfred Lefebure-Wely, … 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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Lewes Concert Orchestra perform with violist Stephen Shakeshaft

On Friday October 26th the Lewes Concert Orchestra will give their Autumn concert. Under their Artistic Director, Adrian Shepherd MBE, their programme will be as follows: Telemann:  Viola Concerto (Soloist Stephen Shakeshaft) Haydn:  Symphony No. 99 Tchaikovsky:  Fantasy Overture Romeo … Continue reading

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A Premiere: Puccini’s opera, Edgar

Following last season’s triumphant Mireille (see Telegraph review), New Sussex Opera presents the UK première of the original version of Edgar. Giacomo Puccini, known today as the composer of such favourites as La bohème, Tosca, Madama Butterfly and Turandot, spent … Continue reading

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INTERVIEW: Matthew Rose on creating a chamber music festival

Brighton-born bass Matthew Rose has sung leading operatic roles and concerts all over the world. But even with his busy schedule he finds time for labours of love––creating a chamber music festival in Alfriston, for instance. Your new chamber music … Continue reading

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Interview with Beatrice Philips, founder of the first annual Lewes Chamber Music Festival

Lewes-born Beatrice Philips graduated from Kings College London in 2007 with a first class honours degree in Music.  She is the leader of the excellent Kantanti Ensemble and founder of the Lewes Chamber Music Festival. So, why do you feel … Continue reading

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WHAT DID IT FOR ME, Chapter 1 – By Nicholas Tucker

At a party the other evening, my good friend Nick Tucker inspired an idea for an occasional blog series, which at his suggestion I’m calling, “What Did It For Me.”  The premise is simple––what recording started your journey as either … Continue reading

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