Although 2020 wasn’t a great year for live music, we did manage a small Christmas Concert in Lewes, with just 11 singers standing 2 metres apart! Despite the restrictions, the concert was a welcome and strangely moving experience for both us and the audience. We will be back in 2022.
In December 2018 we performed a Christmas concert at St Michael’s Church in Lewes. Accompanied by word-class violinist Julia Bishop and a baroque string quartet, with Nick Houghton both directing and playing his chamber organ, this was another sell-out success. The programme included Vivaldi Magnificat, Poulenc Quatre Motets pour le temps de Noel, Handel Organ Concerto Opus 4 no. 5, plus carols and Christmas anthems by Hadley, Howells, Mealor, Whitacre and traditional carols.
In February 2018 we performed Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, Gerald Finzi’s Lo the Full, Final Sacrifice and Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, featuring Briony Lambert (Mezzo) and Iestyn Evans (Organ).
The first of the two concerts was at All Saints Church, Eastbourne (our first appearance in Eastbourne) and the second was at Ringmer Parish Church the following day. It was a fantastic programme that we last presented in 2014 as ‘Choral Masterpieces of the 1940s’. The Copland in particular is a wonderfully challenging but rarely-heard work.
Saturday 26th September 2015 – Faire is the Heaven, featuring motets Komm Jesu Komm and Lobet den Herrn by J S Bach, two motets by William Harris, three by Charles Villers Stanford and Herbert Howells’ Requiem. Nicholas Houghton directing, and playing both church organ and chamber organ.
Sunday 21st December 2014, 6pm – St Michael’s Church, Lewes. Vivaldi ‘Gloria’ plus seasonal music and carols. Accompanied by strings and chamber organ. Special guest Julia Bishop of Red Priest leading the players.
Saturday 20th September 2014, 6pm – St Michael’s Church, Lewes. Britten Rejoice in the Lamb, Copland In the Beginning, Finzi Lo the Full, Final Sacrifice. Featuring Briony Lambert (Mezzo) and Roger Sayer (Organ).
September 2013 – St Michael’s Church, Lewes. English Sacred & Secular music.
November 18th 2012 – St Michael’s Church, Lewes. Duruflé Requiem and short choral pieces by Clive Osgood and Arvo Pärt. ( A repeat of our Haslemere concert in February).
February 2012: Concert in Haslemere: Durufle Requiem and shorter works by Arvo Part, Duruflé and Clive Osgood, including Miserere, written especially for the Lewes Singers.
September 2011: ‘Heaven & Earth’, Sayers Common Church. A concert of anthems and madrigals, around and between movements of Byrd’s Mass for 4 voices, as part of the Hurstpierpoint Festival.
December 2010: All Saints Church Lindfield, Christmas concert with the Mid-Sussex Sinfonia. The programme included J S Bach Magnificat, with solos sung by members of the choir, and a number of accompanied and acappella carols and anthems.
February 2010: On Saturday 6th February we gave a concert in Lewes to help raise funds for the St John Sub Castro organ which is in urgent need of repairs and restoration. We have a close relationship with St John’s and are delighted to be able to give something back by way of a fund-raising concert. The concert raised over £700.
The programme featured sacred music by composers from the 16th to the 21st centuries, including J S Bach’s motet Komm, Jesu, Komm.
6th October, 2007, St John Sub Castro church, Lewes
‘Heaven & Earth’, a Voices for Hospices concert in aid of St Peter and St James in Chailey.
This was part of the national Voices for Hospices event. The programme featured English music from the 16th to the 21st centuries, both sacred and secular:
Byrd, Mass for 4 voices
Rutter, two Birthday Madrigals
Tavener, The Lamb
Purcell, Remember not Lord our offences
Finzi, 3 songs of Robert Bridges 2 short works for chamber organ including Scherzo on Gopsal by Sussex composer Alan Smith
Traditional Sussex song from the Copper Songbook
May 14th 2006, concert at St Michael’s Church in Lewes, as part of St Michael’s Festival Weekend: Creation, A Celebration.
The programme included a selection of short English choral pieces including Tudor madrigals and motets, anthems & songs by Purcell, Stanford, Weelkes and Finzi.
Saturday 4th December 2004, concert at St John Sub Castro in Lewes. Part songs, anthems & motets by Bach, Stanford, Part, Finzi, Brahms, Purcell and others.