Rottingdean Arts is pleased to announce it’s 9th season and invites you to look at the events planned for the year, March – October, including the Spring Music Festival which runs from March 11-19.

The BOX OFFICE details are as follows:

57 High Street
Rottingdean BN2 7HE
Tel: 01273 911512

Tickets are also be available online at (booking fee applies)

The two Jazz Dinners at the Bistro Gourmand on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14 and the Film Evening on Thursday, March 16 are SOLD OUT

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poster4girls4 GIRLS 4 HARPS
With HELEN WINTER (Soprano)

“Putting the harp back into the heart of Christmas”

Returning to Rottingdean for their 3rd visit, this lovely harp ensemble and soprano Helen Winter present a programme of seasonal music including some well-known Christmas favourites and carols

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 3.00pm Village Hall, Park Road, Rottingdean

Admission: £16 Available from:
Box Office, madwaxcandles, 57 High Street, Rottingdean BN2 7HE (Tel: 01273 911512)
Online at Or at the door on the afternoon of the concert

Sponsored by Frances & Christopher Tarr

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img_6783The summer season of Rottingdean Arts concerts came to a rousing end with a weekend of Jazz at the end of August. The Jazz Repertory Company were back by popular demand to play Another 100 Minutes of Jazz in Ninety-Nine Minutes which so thrilled audiences last year. Sadly, weather did not permit the last concert to be played on the Terraces, but the John Lake Band provided a wonderful afternoon of modern jazz, most of it being composed by John Lake himself, to a full house in the Village Hall.

This brings to an end the summer season of performances, starting in June with the Lord Chamberlains Men performing “Much Ado About Nothing” in the Kipling Gardens, and then followed by a hugely popular series of concerts on the Terraces, with the Vox Beatles attracting the largest audience we have seen since the Terraces opened five years ago. We now look forward to a return concert of the 4 Ladies, 4 Harps for a special seasonal Christmas concert in the Village Hall on Dec 4th at 3pm. It will be a fitting Finale for this year’s events.

As always, Rottingdean Arts is very grateful for all the support given by our Sponsors, Patrons and Friends, without which such an ambitious programme would not be possible.


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Programme for the John Lake Band – Sunday 28th August

Photo Copyright Andy Batkin

Photo Copyright Andy Batkin

1st set 15.00 – 15.45
Zero Sum Game – A funky blues, but there are no winners or losers involved…
5464 – A homage to Dave Brubeck’s phenomenal hit: Take Five
Make Up Your Mind – This vocal version of the original tune Vice Versa poses an ultimatum for indecisive courters
Up on the Downs – A funk tune, which was inspired during journeys by foot and bike around Sussex’s beautiful countryside
Asturias – Based on Isaac Albeniz’s composition of the same name
After Midnight – A ballad “after” Thelonius Monk’s Round Midnight
Short Straw – A samba to cheer up any one drawing one…..
That’s Alright By Me – Stevie Wonder meets jazz funk. Is that OK?

2nd set 16.00 – 16.45
Wave of Translation – Evokes the phenomenon of a bow wave discovered by the Scottish civil engineer John Scott Russell in 1834
Clear Water – Inspired by the team GB’s first gold medal in 2012 Olympics in the women’s pair rowing race
Prelude and Interlude in E minor A re-work of Chopin’s famous Prelude about losing a loved one – with a prog-rock interlude
Josie’s Tune – A township style tune which nods a wink to Billy Joel – dedicated to my beautiful daughter
Cubanicity – A latin piece inspired by the music of Cuba using congas and rhythms reflecting this country’s amazing musical heritage
Blues at 7 – A piece which puts the blues into a different time zone!
When You Put Your Hand in Mine – A vocal ballad for long term relationships…
Revelation – A gospel tune to raise the spirits

The John Lake Band was formed to play and record the original tunes written by John Lake (keyboards). Today the band features Phil Paton on saxes, Jackie Sampson on vocals and percussion, Simon Cambers on drums and Matt Casterton on bass.

Original compositions copyright of John Lake except 5464 & Make up Your Mind which is co-written by Simon Brewin.
Revelation was written by Russell Ferrante of the Yellowjackets
Acknowledgment is owed to the Prelude in E minor by Frederic Chopin and Asturias by Isaac Albania.

The band has recently launched a new CD – Wave of Translation


Follow the band at; On Facebook at JohnLakeTrio on Twitter @JohnBruceLake email: Phone: 07950 317496

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BBB_LogoIn spite of blustery conditions, the planned Terraces concert by the Brighton Big Band went ahead on August 7 and by the end the sun was shining. It says a lot for the reputation of the Band that there was such a huge crowd present to enjoy the varied items, including vocal numbers by the excellent Jackie Sampson and Dave Williams.


The Brighton Shakespeare Company had to cancel their scheduled performance of Much Ado about Nothing on Saturday, August 20 due to very high winds.

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