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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IMG_5247Sponsors and Patrons Event
Hillside Barn
Sun Feb 21st

Rottingdean Arts was delighted to be able to host this year’s Spring Music Festival Launch at the newly restored Hillside Barn by courtesy of Nicky and David Boys. Almost a hundred Friends, Sponsors and Patrons braved the inclement weather to a reception and short performance of Gilbert & Sullivan favourites by two former D’Oyly Carte soloists, Yvonne Patrick (soprano) and Stephen Brown (tenor) accompanied by Leslie-Anne Sammons on piano. The weather outside was quickly forgotten as the audience was transported back to the topsy-turvy world of Ruddigore, The Gondoliers and The Pirates of Penzance, with so many memorable melodies.

The full programme of events for the Festival (March 12th-20th) and indeed the whole year is on the website, with tickets available from from the Box Office in madwaxcandles on the High Street or through the internet:

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Rottingdean Arts is pleased to announce the details of the 2016 Season. The new brochure has been delivered widely locally and posted to people on our mailing list outside the immediate locality.

The Season is being launched on Sunday February 21 with a Reception/Recital for Sponsors, Patrons and Friends at the Barn at Hillside, The Green, Rottingdean (no tickets on the door)

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Tickets for the Jazz Dinner at the Bistro Gourmand are in high demand and the extra event scheduled for Tuesday, March 15 is also sold out. Chef and owner of the Bistro Gourmand, Franck Thomeret, has agreed to have a third night on Thursday, March 17 at 7.30pm and tickets for that evening are on sale at the Box Office, but going fast! Pianist and vocalist Mike Hatchard is appearing at all 3 dinners.

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