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‘Area music centres support pupils who are already learning an instrument and provide opportunities to play in groups, bands and orchestras. There are choirs too, for those who love to sing. The Centres offer a fun and sociable environment where learning is accelerated with the support of expert tutors.’ One of four Area Music Centres in East Sussex.

 

* Eastbourne Area Music Centre
VISITS (to the Website)130
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)195

‘A competitive festival held annually at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne, and was originally founded in 1961.’  Mid February.

 

* Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival
VISITS (to the Website)250
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)381
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Between September and May we present talks on a wide variety of musical topics, given by enthusiastic visiting and local speakers. In addition to CD and DVD illustrations, there are also occasional live music performances, usually staged in a convenient town centre location. For more than 60 years we have been extending a warm welcome to new members and visitors who enjoy sharing musical enthusiasms and, now and again, the adventure of wandering off the well-worn musical paths.’

* Eastbourne Recorded Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)125
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)176

‘Piano competition for young adult pianists ... The Compeition has been enabled by a substantial bequest from the late Norah Sande, in memory of her Grandmother, Alice Mary Caffin. Its object (and the wish of the legatee) is to encourage and support young musicians at the commencement of their careers.’ Held Early July.

* Norah Sande Award
VISITS (to the Website)219
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)442

'The Society hosts five concerts each season ... The concerts are given by artists at the top of their profession, and all have an international reputation. Often they include their visit to Seaford Music Society in a schedule that starts in London’s major concert halls, such as the Wigmore Hall and the halls of the South Bank. As a small music society, we concentrate on chamber music, but still manage to present the full range of entertainment - for example, from single instrumentalists playing guitar or piano, through violin, cello or woodwind with piano, to string quartets.'

* Seaford Music Society
VISITS (to the Website)175
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)195

South Downs Summer Music is a well established and popular classical music festival - formerly the Alfriston Summer Music Festival. Every year some of the finest international artists visit to perform in the very special village of Alfriston in the heart of the South Downs.’ Held Late July and directed by the Benyounes Quartet.

 

* South Downs Summer Music International Festival
VISITS (to the Website)18
Also indexedAlfriston Summer Festival | Benyounes Quartet
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)60

‘An award-winning, small, close vocal harmony group based in Eastbourne. We all share a passion for singing and a love of entertaining. The group was formed in 2010 when a few like-minded people met through an Eastbourne-based choir. We started to get together socially and usually ended up singing because it was the one overriding factor that we all had in common. Gradually new music was suggested, more challenging songs were produced and the idea of forming a group came about. Our repertoire consists of a wide range of music including a capella, barbershop, cover versions and classical pieces.‘

+ Bourne Chorus
VISITS (to the Website)132
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)234

‘We are a friendly mixed choir with approx 100 members ... Our concerts include two in Eastbourne & Seaford in June & December ... Concentus means “agreement”, “harmony”, or “unity”, and this defines the very spirit of the choir ... Our Musical Director strives to ensure that harmony exists not just in the musical notes that are sung but also in the way that choir members are cared for ... What does Concentus sing? Well a little bit of everything!’

 

+ Concentus
VISITS (to the Website)103
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)191

‘Exists to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of choral music and to encourage both members of the choir and audiences to further their knowledge of choral works ... The Choir performs three major concerts a year and takes part in other musical events in the town ... Our membership numbers approximately 90. We are fortunate in that we have the opportunity to work with some excellent instrumentalists and soloists ... You are welcome to "try us out " for two weeks before deciding whether to commit to the choir and pay the subscription ... We also welcome "friends" who may be able to support us in other ways e.g. selling programmes or pouring wine at concerts.‘

+ Eastbourne Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)71
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)145
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Eastbourne Concert Orchestra is the playing arm of the Eastbourne Orchestral Society. The orchestra has been going for over 60 years, usually performing three concerts a year. We are a community orchestra and meet on a Tuesday evening during term time. The Orchestral Society is always looking for new members; musicians, concert helpers and patrons. In terms of vacancies within the orchestra we are particularly looking for strings and brass players. We play a variety of music, such as classical, light or show music so normally advise that players should be of a grade 5 standard.’

 

+ Eastbourne Concert Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)155
Also indexedEastbourne Orchestral Society
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)144

Founded 1907: ‘Has been entertaining Sussex ... with a wide range of different shows, from plays to much loved musicals and open air Shakespeare in the summer. The three sections of EODS (Dramatic, Operatic and Junior) work together to present fantastic performances every year which are well rehearsed, and feature some incredibly talented people. Some of these actors have gone on to professional roles and have become extremely successful which makes the Society incredibly proud’.

+ Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society
VISITS (to the Website)124
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)143

‘Financially self-supporting and an independent organisation, it registered as a charity in 1987 and, with quality players from Eastbourne and the surrounding area, performs a number of concerts a year ... The current regular annual programme features a choral concert with ESO singers, an ESO young soloist competition winner’s concert, usually in the summer, and an autumn concert, The young soloist competition takes place in January and February, and an audience is welcome ...'

+ Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)193
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)1008
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A large, exciting and progressive subscription choir singing a repertoire from Bach to the Beatles and beyond ... We perform at least four concerts a year, in November, at Christmas, in March/April and in late June/July, usually in Hailsham or Eastbourne. We regularly perform with professional soloists and at least one concert a year includes an orchestra ... Our programme is mainly drawn from the classical repertoire, although we also perform lighter music like Christmas Carols and songs from musicals.’

+ Hailsham Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)165
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)299
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in the heady days of 1945, when people were beginning to return to their daily lives, although their lives had changed for ever ... The first work to be performed was Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise", which was thought to be particularly appropriate "owing to the cessation of hostilities". The ticket prices were 5/-, 3/6 and 2/- and a collection was also made for the restoration of Coventry Cathedral ... We have two singing seasons in the year: January to June/July; September to December ... A workshop, on a work we are planning to perform, is usually held in the Spring and is open to non-members. We usually give a concert at the end of each season but often do other performances as well.‘

+ Heathfield Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)77
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)113

‘We are a friendly band that supports local & regional events. Established in 1888 we have our own bandroom where we practise ... The band performs at many engagements each year to raise the funds needed to enable the band to continue its commitment to offer free tuition to anyone wishing to learn, regardless of means or ability. The band is a very friendly and relaxed band with members between the ages of eight and their eighties! We have a training band that allows new members to improve their playing abilities to a point where they are confident to join the main band.’

+ Heathfield Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)66
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)137
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 2002 from the uniting of two choirs, Cantamus and Heritage Singers ... Our concert season runs from early September through to early June, with breaks for Christmas and Easter. We perform two concerts a year of sacred and secular choral music with an orchestra and excellent professional soloists ... We are a happy, friendly group where everyone is valued. Our rehearsals are fun, upbeat and productive and allow us to do something we love while also creating something really positive together – definitely good for body and soul.’

+ Phoenix Choir Eastbourne
VISITS (to the Website)115
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)170

‘We sing throughout the county to entertain and support fund-raising for a wide range of good causes from church organ funds to overseas humanitarian charities. Our repertoire spans the centuries and includes madrigals, motets, folk songs, chant and plainsong. Most of our singing is unaccompanied full harmony but we do include accompanied items from time to time.’

+ Renaissance Singers of Eastbourne
VISITS (to the Website)128
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)262
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Society was established in 1917 and has flourished since then, albeit in various guises, and now has about 80 members. Our repertoire includes Masses by Mozart, Haydn and Brahms as well as more modern composers such as Rutter and Finzi. We have also sung some exciting non-sacred works. We give two performances a year, Spring and Winter, as well as an “Almost Instant” concert every Good Friday, when we invite any who wish to join us for a performance of a popular sacred work in aid of a charity nominated by the vicar and officials of St Leonard’s.'

+ Seaford Choral Society
VISITS (to the Website)223
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)335
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Welcome to the Barn Theatre, Seaford, the home of the award winning Seaford Musical Theatre and Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors. We stage three adult shows and two Junior shows each year. New members are always welcome and there are many opportunities to perform on stage or help out behind the scenes ... Furthermore the Barn is available to anyone from the entertainment, educational or corporate worlds who would like to hire our fully operational and functional theatre for their events.’

+ Seaford Musical Theatre
VISITS (to the Website)172
Also indexedBarn Theatre, Seaford
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)254

‘Originally the Seaford British Legion Band the band's history dates back to 1922 ... We play for a variety of concerts and events across the county ... The band will often play for a fee although the members themselves receive no payment. Many engagements are to support and raise money for other local charities ... It you have ever played a brass instrument and want to take it up again or if you have never played but want to learn, please get in touch via our website!’

 

+ Seaford Silver Band
VISITS (to the Website)113
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)222
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Busiest Bandstand in the UK offering a variety of live musical entertainment with over 140 events each year ... The current bandstand was built in 1935, with its unique semi-circular design and blue domed roof; there is no other like it in the United Kingdom. It has a main arena, middle and upper balconies and seats for 1,400.’

 

@ Eastbourne Bandstand
VISITS (to the Website)91
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)175
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The venue for a series of lunchtime concerts which take place from February through to November ... The concerts have proved to be highly successful, with attendance being between sixty and one hundred and twenty each month. The concerts remain free and are self supported by the donations given after each concert by our generous audience, to whom we are deeply grateful. We look forward to welcoming you to our 900 year old Church to enjoy listening to some wonderful music given by great musicians in a beautiful setting.’

@ St Leonard's Seaford
VISITS (to the Website)228
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)409
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Beyond the Sunday liturgy we offer several concerts throughout the year. Through the summer we have monthly lunchtime concerts with local performers offering all kinds of high quality performances. The church has a very fine organ, which sounds truly magnificent and we frequently welcome some of the country’s leading recitalists who thrill us with some breathtaking playing skills. The church is also very much in demand by local choirs, choral societies and orchestras as a concert venue. Apart from being an impressive and very beautiful building, it has a fabulous acoustic and really lends itself to some of the larger scale works.'

 

@ St Saviour's Eastbourne
VISITS (to the Website)201
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)579
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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