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'Began its life in the summer of 2012 when 8 musicians were invited by the Festival's founder and violinist, Beatrice Philips to come down to Lewes and perform six concerts of the finest chamber music to local audiences over one weekend. The concerts proved so popular that audiences insisted it happen again the following year.' Held Mid June.

 

‘A small folk club with a friendly, informal atmosphere ... We mostly book performers of British traditional music, but we enjoy other styles as well. We like any member of the audience who wants to sing or play to have a turn, so have a couple of songs or tunes ready if you'd enjoy performing (but don't feel you've got to if you don't want to).  Every so often we book musicians to hold an instrument workshop in the day and give an evening performance in the club.’

 

'The Society was named after the publisher Nicholas Yonge (c1560-1619) who was chosen as being a Lewisian of considerable importance in the development and performance of music in England. Yonge was behind the publication of Musica Transalpina (1588) a collection of Italian madrigals which stimulated the singing and composing of madrigals in the 16th and 17th century.' Normally five concerts each season from October to March.

 

‘The official website of the Theatre Pipe Organ Preservation Society (TPOPS). We run concerts and dances on the organs of the Singing Hills Golf Course at Albourne, to the north of Brighton, and at the East Sussex National at Little Horsted, near Uckfield. We also fund the TPOPS Academy, teaching the next generation of young musicians the skills required to play these mighty instruments.’

 

Also indexedTheatre Pipe Organ Preservation Society (TPOPS) | East Sussex National, Uckfield

‘A classical music concert series based at the workshop of harpsichord maker Malcolm Rose and clavichord maker Karin Richter, in Lewes, East Sussex, UK. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, and has built up an enviable reputation for presenting world-class artists in an atmospheric, intimate and friendly setting ... The Workshop has a relatively small seating capacity (approx 50), so we strongly recommend advance booking. Either way, we don’t issue tickets but will reserve you a place.‘

 

'Organises and presents first class chamber music concerts, performed by established artists of national and international renown. It also provides a platform for young, highly gifted, up and coming artists, whose quality has been recognised by prizes and awards in major competitions.’

 

'We welcome all musicians, the very young and the very old, the very amateur and the very professional. We try and book a guest once every two months. On guest nights, naturally, there is less time for the floor spots. The word folk in our name may be slightly misleading. We attract both traditional and contemporary folk singers and players, blues singers, blue grass bands jug bands and country singers. In fact, all folks are welcome.'

 

‘Founded in 1974 by Nancy Jacks as the Uckfield Youth Orchestra, it started with five members, soon increased to twenty, and was later joined by adults, and it established a series of charity concerts. In 1995 it took its present name ... We welcome all ages, and especially brass players! ... We perform in Buxted Park, Uckfield and in Seaford, giving concerts three or four times a year.’

 

‘A professional chamber group based in the South East ... formed in 1989 by the joining of two string quartets ... The Corelli Ensemble welcomes you to enjoy a feast of beautiful live classical music, from Baroque masterpieces, to unashamedly romantic Movie Themes.‘

 

‘We aim to benefit our members and the wider community through the performance of baroque repertoire to a high standard ... The ESBC is based in Lewes, the ancient county town of East Sussex. Lewes is a hive of cultural activity and the ESBC is part of this cultural landscape, contributing through the engagement and commitment of its singers and by giving audiences the opportunity to hear both well-known works and some less well-known works that may deserve to be better known.’

 

‘Based in Lewes, East Sussex, the choir comprises around thirty four experienced singers who aim to perform at the highest possible standard.’

 

‘Based in the ancient village of Fletching, near Uckfield ... We aim to give an opportunity for amateur singers of all standards to have access to many different types of music. The choir numbers about 50 regular members, some of whom are good readers of music with considerable experience of choral singing, while others are less experienced musicians who come because they enjoy singing in congenial company, while at the same time extending their musical skills. This wide range of ability enables us to perform some of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire, such as Bach's St John Passion or Mozart's Requiem, as well as songs from the shows, partsongs, madrigals and folksongs.’

 

'Glyndebourne is an opera house in the Sussex countryside. It is home to: The annual Glyndebourne Festival; Glyndebourne Tour; A widely respected education programme; A library of audio-visual recordings of Festival productions, many now available on CD and DVD.'

 

‘We have around 50 members from across East and West Sussex, attracted by the band’s friendly atmosphere and high standard of music. As well as the main band, we have an training band of young learners who are preparing to move into the main band. We have a large and varied repertoire. At our concerts, you will hear traditional marches, music from film and stage, virtuoso solo items and the best from the modern brass repertoire  ... LGB Brass regularly takes part in competitions.‘

 

‘We have been bringing high quality musical theatre to Lewes since 1911. Staging our productions involves a lot of hard work for a cast and crew of about 80. In fact, LOS is made up of about 200 members of all ages and from all walks of life. We stage two productions each year, usually at Lewes Town Hall ... The Society often puts on concerts and performs at functions too.’

 

‘A Lewes-based chamber orchestra of professional musicians dedicated to the presentation of both new and unusual works together with a standard repertoire of better-known pieces ... Our annual seasons of six concerts are themed either around individual composers ... or on specific regions ... In addition we present two candlelit concerts in Old Hamsey Church on the second and third Sundays in June. We have commissioned new works from composers including Doina Rotaru, Dudley Hyams, Peta Crompton, Michael Finnissy and Peter Copley. The mixture of work we handle makes us unique in the South East of England and in recognition of our innovative approach to programming, the Musicians received a special award from the Performing Rights Society.’

 

Also indexedHamsey Old Church Festival

‘Founded in 1978, NSO is presenting a wide range of opera, including lesser-known works. Our performances involve professional and amateur singers and musicians. We also run educational projects in order to develop and sustain interest in opera ... The core of New Sussex Opera is the NSO Chorus. We warmly invite amateur and local singers to come and be part of this dynamic group – no previous operatic experience necessary! The focus of the NSO Chorus’ activity is performing in NSO’s productions: staged performances of opera and operetta, operas in concert, and concerts of operatic highlights.‘

 

'We are a small, well-established group of around 24 singers. Though the choir is an auditioned group, the singers have a variety of experience, some of them are professionally trained singers, others quite new to the choral world. However, we all share a passion for excellence and high-quality music making. The main focus of the group is choral music in its many guises but there are opportunities for step-out solos with the group as well. We have a wide and eclectic repertoire including: folk, part songs and madrigals, secular and religious music, opera, operetta, oratorio and jazz ... We give three to four main concerts a year, normally in November, December, April and June.'

 

‘A friendly chamber choir based in Lewes. We perform to a high standard and our members are a mix of experienced singers and those who are new to choral singing and enjoy a challenge ... During the concert season Pro Musica usually gives three performances. Our aim is to create a friendly sociable choral environment and to perform a varied repertoire of works in a wide variety of musical styles.’

 

'Founded in 1992 to research, reconstruct and perform the little known music of the English Church and Independent Chapel from 1700 to 1850, and its derivatives from New England and the Southern States - a tradition that continues with new music to the present day ... The quire's membership is drawn from people of all ages with a variety of interests and consists of an enthusiastic band of amateur singers and instrumentalists. Weekly practices are held on Thursdays in Lewes and new members are always welcome. Our current membership is around 20 and we have a bassoon, oboe, clarinet and recorder, with occasional flute and violin. We are of all – or no – religious persuasions. Though we tend to practice and perform in churches and chapels we have also performed in venues ranging from theatres to breweries!'

 

'A period instrument orchestra and a chamber choir based in Lewes, East Sussex. Members of the Collective combine to provide a variety of programmes including both familiar and less familiar repertoire.'

 

'We’re a group of enthusiastic  musicians, who get together once a week to play music in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. We welcome players from Grade 1 up to Grade 5 (although if you play at a higher level, you will still be very welcome!) We’re open to players of all orchestral instruments (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion). We don’t ask you to audition. We welcome anyone aged eight and over (we have a Safeguarding Policy) and cater for young starters, late starters, and those returning to music-making after years, sometimes decades, away from playing ... We play a wide range of classical and light popular music, arranged for players up to Grade 4/5 standard.'

 

'We are a large 4-part harmony choir of mixed ability singers – no audition necessary! Age range 18-90's! ... We hold local concerts helping local & national charities and occasionally take part in events further afield too ... We usually hold two main concerts each year. At Christmas we sing a mixture of carols and Christmas songs learned during the autumn term, and in July, we hold a summer concert showcasing all the songs we have learned since Christmas.'

 

Come and enjoy our music concert series held within the hall chamber of our 15th Century Medieval Wealden Hall House.’

 

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