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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Sunday, July 3. Hillside Barn

The English Concert Singers, conducted by Roy Wales, gave a short concert to Rottingdean Arts Sponsors, Patrons and Friends at Hillside Barn prior to their visit to Greece and participation in the Preveza International Choral Festival. It was a pleasant occasion and choir and audience were blessed by fine weather which enabled everyone to spill out into the glorious garden. We are grateful to Nicky and David Boys for use of their lovely Barn.

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Sunday, July 24. Rottingdean Terraces Stage. 3.00pm

We had our largest crowd yet for the superb concert given by THE VOX BEATLES on Sunday, July 24. The weather was kind and the band were received enthusiastically.

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Sunday, August 7. Rottingdean Terraces Stage. 3.00pm

The BRIGHTON BIG BAND, with excellent vocalists Jackie Sampson and David Williams return to the Terraces Stage this coming Sunday to give a concert of varied big band classics.

Saturday, August 20. Rottingdean Terraces Stage. 7.00pm

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Brighton Shakespeare Company

Saturday, August 27. Village Hall. 7.30pm

There are very few tickets left for the concert to be given by the JAZZ REPERTORY COMPANY entitled “ANOTHER 100 YEARS OF JAZZ”. Box Office: madwaxcandles, 57 High Street, Rottingdean, BN2 7HE (01273 911512) or

Sunday, August 28. Rottingdean Terraces. 3.00pm

John Lake will appear with his JOHN LAKE BAND to give the last Rottingdean Arts Terraces Stage concert of this summer. Members of the Band are:

John Lake (keyboards), Phil Paton (saxes), Jackie Sampson (vocals and percussion), Simon Cambers (drums) and Matt Casterton (bass).

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Sunday, December 4. Village Hall. 3.00pm


See brochure or website for more information. Tickets on sale at Box Office and through Ticketsource.

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Sunday, June 12 was a busy one for Rottingdean Arts. Unfortunately the weather made it necessary to move OPERA BY THE SEA into the Village Hall, but a large crowd turned up to hear an excellent presentation by Claire Watkins (Soprano), Gareth Dafydd Morris (Tenor), Milo Harries (Baritone) and accompanist Nancy Cooley.

In the evening a full house was treated to a superb performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado about Nothing” in the Kipling Gardens by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, visiting Rottingdean for the third consecutive year.


Our next event is a short concert by the English Concert Singers, conducted by Rottingdean Arts Chairman Dr. Roy Wales, in the Barn of Hillside, The Green, on Sunday, July 3 at 5.30pm. Tickets are £6 (including a glass of wine) and can be obtained by contacting the Rottingdean Arts Office on 01273 300894.

On July 24, we welcome the VOX BEATLES on the Terraces Stage for a concert at 3.00pm.

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creationSpring Music Festival Mar 12th-20th 2016

The seventh Spring Music festival got off to a great start with a weekend of classical music-making. The Messiah workshop directed by Roy Wales was attended by over 70 singers from all over the southeast, and was an inspiration at the start of the Easter season. It was followed on Sunday by a wonderful performance of Haydn’s Creation in St Margaret’s Church by the English Concert Singers and English Concert Orchestra, again under the direction of Roy Wales. On a lighter note, there was a packed Village Hall for the Opera and Musicals Dinner where the audience entertained by our three soloists, Verity Auty, Ruari Bowen, and Pauls Putnins. And for a complete contrast, later in the week, there were popular concerts by the amazingly talented Balkan Folk Group, Paprika, and the tribute band, The Magic of Abba, which had the audience dancing in the aisles. Sadly the pianist Salih Gevrek, a firm favourite from earlier concerts, was indisposed at the last minute, but his replacement Tyler Hay was more than up to the task and played a dazzling programme of Schubert, Beethoven and Lizst. There were also three packed Jazz at the Bistro dinners at the Bistro Gourmand with the versatile entertainer Mike Hatchard, and excellent food from Franck Thomeret. The Festival ended on a high note on Sunday night with a popular Gilbert and Sullivan concert with Yvonne Patrick, Louise Crane, Stephen Brown, and Ian Belsey performing many old favourites from the Savoy Operas.

Our grateful thanks go to all those who helped throughout the Festival and especially to our Sponsors, Patrons and Friends without whom such a Festival could not exist. Our programme for the remainder of the year is now available for booking and includes the return of firm favourites on the Terraces (free concerts): Opera By The Sea, The Vox Beatles and Brighton Big Band; the popular Lord Chamberlain’s Men in a performance of Much Ado About Nothing in the Kipling Gardens; and the year ends with the return of 4 Girls, 4 Harps with a Christmas programme of music at the beginning of Advent.

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