Fine Music For Free - Summer Recitals, 2019
This is the page for our free Saturday evening recitals. For all our other events, including ticketed recitals and concerts, please visit our What's coming up page.
The St Mary's Summer Recitals, initially all organ, were started in 1999 by our organist Bill Sibbey. Since his death in 2013, we've grown the series to include a wider range of music, while still keeping some slots to show off our superb Bevington organ.
The recitals are free and include complimentary refreshments afterwards, but we do ask people to give what they can in a retiring collection. From the collection, we pay our performers a modest 'fee' - really a contribution towards their costs. The remainder goes towards paying for our concert-worthy 1904 Bechstein, beautifully reconditioned by Brighton piano specialist David Ingledew, which we bought in May 2017. We have raised over £11,000 towards its total cost of £18,000 and are hopeful that we will complete the fundraising this year. So, if you can help fill the collection basket at our recitals, please do! And please use a white Gift Aid envelope for your donation if you are a UK tax-payer. Every £1 donation that is gift-aided brings us £1.25 in total.
Saturday, 13 April, 6 pm - FREE
Sue Mileham, soprano & Nicola Grunberg, piano
'The Turning Year': music by English, French, German and American composers from 17th to 20th centuries, taking us through the year from Spring and back to Spring, including the optimistic Villanelle from Berlioz’ Les nuits d’été, Barber’s serene Sure on this shining night, and Linley’s The curfew, an introspective setting of part of Thomas Gray’s Elegy in a Country Churchyard.
Saturday, 27 April, 6 pm - FREE
Beth Gallimore - piano / Yuliya Knowles - viola / Natalia Corolscaia - violin
Saturday, 18 May, 6 pm - FREE
Richard Dawson, organ
Music by Bach and Widor's Symphonie No. 6 in G minor
Saturday, 8 June, 6 pm - FREE
Ivana Peranic, cello and Jon Rattenbury, guitar
Saturday, 13 July, 6 pm - FREE
Nick Andrews and Brighton Voices
Handel: Anthems and the Dettingen Te Deum
Saturday, 27 July, 6 pm - FREE
Nara Clapperton, soprano and Nick Andrews, piano
Including arias from Handel's Theodora and songs by Fauré and Britten
Saturday, 10 August, 6 pm - FREE
Anna Kolesnik-Neal, piano
- Debussy - Suite Bergamasque
- Liszt - Spanish Rhapsoly
Saturday, 24 August, 6 pm - FREE
Natalia Uchitel, piano
Saturday, 14 September, 6 pm - FREE
Kelleth Piano Trio
Steve Carroll-Turner - piano / Rachel Ellis - violin / Siriol Hugh-Jones - cello
*SUNDAY* 15 September, 6pm - FREE
Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars
Saturday, 28 September, 6 pm - FREE
Brighton Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, 5 October, 6 pm - FREE
Thalie Knights, mezzo-soprano & Nico de Villiers, piano
Saturday, 12 October, 6 pm - FREE
Belladonna Trio - soprano, clarinet, piano
LOVING AND LUSTFUL!
Sue Mileham, soprano, Jane Plessner, clarinet and Nicola Grunberg, piano present a programme packed with yearning and excitement to include Mozart’s most famous adolescent, Cherubino, Bernhard Crussell’s 'From Ganges’ Beauteous Strands' (think goddesses and dancing maidens), and not one, but two yearning shepherds: Meyerbeer’s 'Hirtenlied' and Schubert’s famous 'Das Hirt aus den Felsen' – and more!
Saturday, 26 October, 6 pm - FREE
Natalia Uchitel, piano
Preludes by Rachmaninov, Bach, Debussy and Chopin
Saturday, 9 November, 6 pm - FREE
Erin Ludwig and Nick Andrews, piano
Pianists Erin Ludwig and Nick Andrews join forces for a recital of piano duets and solos, including Schubert's magnificent Rondo for Four Hands, the 'Grand Rondeau', written in the year of his death, 1828. There's also preludes by Rachmaninov and some rather lovely pieces by Strauss.
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