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 £10,000 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
Baroque, Classical, Modern and Spanish-influenced strings
Saturday, 13 July, 6 pm - FREE
Nick Andrews and Brighton Voices
Handel: Coronation Anthems and the Dettingen Te Deum
Saturday, 27 July, 6 pm - FREE
Nara Clapperton, soprano and Nick Andrews, piano
Including songs by Handel, Fauré and Britten
Saturday, 10 August, 6 pm - FREE
Anna Kolesnik-Neal, piano
Pieces by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Rachmaninov
Saturday, 24 August, 6 pm - FREE
Natalia Uchitel, piano
Saturday, 14 September, 6 pm - FREE
Kelleth Piano Trio
Steve Carroll-Turner - piano / Zoe Davies - clarinet / Siriol Hugh-Jones - cello
Saturday, 28 September, 6 pm - FREE
Brighton Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, 12 October, 6 pm - FREE
Belladonna Trio - soprano, clarinet, piano
Music by Mozart, Schubert and some lesser-known delights
Saturday, 26 October, 6 pm - FREE
Natalia Uchitel, piano
'Around Prelude' - Music by Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Bach, Debussy and Chopin
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