Fine Music For Free - Summer Recitals, 2020
Sadly, owing to the coronavirus emergency, we have had to cancel our first few recitals. If, as hoped, there are some months in late-summer/early autumn where public events can safely happen again, we will look to reschedule as many of them then as possible. We'll also commit to giving 90% of the retiring collections to our performers.
Since 2017 many talented musicians have helped us raise funds to pay for our Bechstein grand piano by performing at the church for free or next-to-nothing. Now many of them are experiencing financial difficulties and distress at the cessation of their work and the uncertainty that has engulfed their careers. We don't know when we'll be able to resume our recital series, but when we do it will be time for St Mary's to give something back.
This is the page for our free Saturday evening recitals for April to October 2020. For 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 2020 series begins with two recitals in April (4th and 18th) and then runs on the second and fourth Saturday evenings from May to October. The recitals are free to attend and include complimentary refreshments afterwards. We take a retiring collection from which 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 less than £6,000 to go!
If you may be interested in playing for us in 2021, please get in touch. Given that we have some of the most effective church heating in Brighton, we're also putting on a short, weekly series, on Sunday afternoons at 4pm, in January-February 2021. We can only offer small payment, but we're a friendly and receptive place to try out new material and, for young musicians especially, to build recital practice.
Saturday, 4 April, 6 pm
Alice Ferrarese, cello (with Ivana Peranic, cello)
Saturday, 18 April, 6 pm
Rose Berelowitz, soprano & Nick Andrews, piano
Saturday, 9 May, 6 pm
Anna Kolesnik-Neal, piano
Saturday, 23 May, 6 pm
Piers Maxim, organ
Saturday, 13 June, 6 pm
Brighton Chamber Ensemble
Steve Carroll-Turner, piano, Zoe Davies, clarinet and Ros Hanson-Laurent, viola
Saturday, 27 June, 6 pm
Natalia Uchitel, piano
Saturday, 11 July, 6 pm
Brighton Voices directed by Nick Andrews
Saturday, 25 July, 6 pm
Ashworth & Rattenbury Guitars
Brian Ashworth and Jon Rattenbury perform a selection of music from their 2020 programme 'A Shared Resonance - three centuries of guitar duets' using historical instruments as well as contemporary guitars. Exciting and varied music from the 1600s to the present day with works from Spain, Latin America and Europe. Composers featured include Carulli, Coste, Mertz, Rodrigo, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Assad.
Saturday, 8 August, 6 pm
Rose Berelowitz, soprano & Jamie Andrews, piano/organ
Exploring some interesting repertoire for singer and the beautiful Bevington organ at St Mary's. A lovely opportunity to listen to these brilliant young musicians before they head off to music college and Oxford respectively.
Saturday, 22 August, 6 pm
Daniel Joy, tenor, Kate Symonds-Joy, mezzo-soprano & Joseph Ramadan, piano
Saturday, 12 September, 6 pm
John Bruzon, piano
Saturday, 26 September, 6 pm
Duo MaLí : Lisa de Simone, violin & Maria Grazia Gibson, guitar
Saturday, 10 October, 6 pm
Anna Kolesnik-Neal, piano
Saturday, 24 October, 6 pm
The Lorelei Duo: Christine Cunnold, soprano and Maya Soltan, piano
Short Stories of Life
Can the lives of favourite composers, affect how you hear of their music? A journey into the lives of Dvorak, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Vaughan Williams, through their famous cycles, respectively:
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