The sixth annual Spring Music Festival ended on a high note with the audience in a packed village hall raising the roof with “A policeman’s lot is not a happy one!” in the finale of the Gilbert and Sullivan dinner. It ended another very successful Festival, with a week of wonderfully varied musical events, from Jazz to the Baroque. Celebrities included Claire Martin, the jazz singer, Pam Rhodes in Songs of Praise, and the return of Red Priest to bewitch us with a night of irreverent early music. There were also virtuoso performances with the German Chamber Orchestra, Salih Gevrek, a young Turkish pianist, and the South American Folk group Inca. And in a more informal setting, Herbie Flowers effortlessly entertained diners at the Bistro Gourmand.
The Rottingdean Arts summer programme follows with Open Air Shakespeare in the Kipling Gardens in June, and a series of Sunday concerts on The Terraces, details of which are in the Brochure.
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SONGS OF PRAISE with PAM RHODES and BRASS TIMES
Singing led by Rottingdean Festival Chorus Members Directed by: Dr. Roy Wales Introduced by Fr. Martin Morgan – Vicar of St. Margaret’s Church
Exactly the same format as BBC Songs of Praise (but with no TV cameras) and with renowned presenter PAM RHODES interviewing 4 local members of the local community, together with special brass music and very well-known hymns for all to join in.
SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 3.00 – 4.15pm
St. Margaret’s Church, The Green, Rottingdean
Sponsored by Helena, Lady Hughes
Admission: £10 (Includes programme with words of all the hymns) Available from: Box Office, Best of Brighton Holiday Cottages, 4 Laureens Walk, off Nevill Road, Rottingdean BN2 7HG (01273 308779)
Rottingdean Arts (01273 300894) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online at www.rottingdeanarts.ticketsource.co.uk Or at the door on the afternoon of the concert
A donation from the proceeds of this event will be made to The Martlets Hospice and Macmillan Nurses.
The Demon Barbers gave an excellent concert to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience on Sunday March 1.
Demand for tickets for the Opera and G & S Dinners as well as the two Jazz Dinners and the two Celebrity Lunches with Herbie Flowers have been very great and there are no further places available.
There are tickets available from the Box Office or online for :
A Swinging Affair (March 21)
Songs of Praise (March 22)
Lunchtime Piano Recital (March 24)
Red Priest (March 25)
German Chamber Orchestra (March 27)
INCA (March 28)
See brochure for details
We have a full programme of Musical and other events planned for this year, with the Spring Music Festival from March 20-29th, followed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men performing “Twelfth Night” in the Kipling Gardens on June 20th and a series of concerts on the Terraces from June 14th – August 9th. The year ends with a popular return for the “Four Girls, Four Harps” on November 29th.
Priority Booking (for Patrons and Friends) begins on February 2nd, and is open to the general public on Monday February 16th. If you want to be sure of your tickets, it is not too late to become a Patron or Friend by completing the attached form.
The full programme will be published and available on this website at the end of January.
On Saturday, November 22 in the Village Hall, the Tivoli Café Band will be giving a concert at 7.30pm at the Rottingdean Village Hall. There will be a chance to join in some dancing or you can just listen to the music. It should be good fun!
There are still some tickets available at £15.
THE Tivoli Café Band plays music from the 1920s and 1930s, songs of the Belle Epoque and a wide variety of music. The band evokes all the cosmopolitan elegance of European café society in its golden age between 1850 and 1950.
Fronted by the versatile Italian singer Alessandra Testai, the Tivoli Café Band is a virtuoso instrumental ensemble with a repertoire spanning the continent of Europe, from London to Moscow and Istanbul, with some American classics thrown in. They have songs in seven languages – English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Greek and Russian – and composers include Bixio, de Curtis, Cesarini, Tosti, Waldteufel, Lehar, Gershwin and Jerome Kern.
THE VILLAGE HALL WILL BE SET UP WITH INFORMAL SEATING AT TABLES YOU CAN JUST LISTEN CONCERT-STYLE OR JOIN IN THE DANCING
Plans for 2015 will be announced before the end of this year. The Spring Music Festival will take place from March 21-29.