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What's on in Lewes Baroquefest 2022

We hope you will enjoy the events in this years Festival, and also take the opportunity to explore the very historic, creative and colourful town of Lewes with its renowned antique shops, antiquarian bookshops, art and gift shops, and great cafes and restaurants!  See you there!

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"A Baroque Bouquet" | Trio ZAC

Wednesday 20th July | 18.30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15


Trio ZAC makes its debut in the Lewes Baroquefest with a pot-pourri of baroque music for bassoon, viola and double bass, to include Purcell: Prelude (from the Fairy Queen), Locke:  The Flatt Consort, Handel: Larghetto and Allegro (from Trio Sonata in G minor for 2 violins) and Bach: 3 Part invention in C minor. 

Zoe Shevlin - bassoon
Annette Isserlis - viola
Cecelia Bruggemeyer - double bass

"Purcell - anthems and songs" | The Baroque Collective Singers

Wednesday 20th July | 21:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15


The Baroque Collective Singers make a welcome return to this year's festival with a programme of Purcell to include anthems Hear My Prayer, I Was Glad and My Heart is Inditing and the Funeral Sentences for Queen Mary.  Soprano Alexandra Kidgell (The Sixteen) will sing a lively selection of Purcell’s songs. 

John Hancorn - conductor

Alexandra Kidgell - soprano

Nicholas Houghton - chamber organ

"17th Century Strings" - Alison Bury, Julia Bishop, Catherine Rimer, Claire Williams

Thurdsay 21st July | 18:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15

A wonderful evening of baroque chamber music for strings and harpsichord. 
Composers to include:
Castello, Cavalli, Merula, Corelli and Vivaldi


Alison Bury - violin
Julia Bishop - violin

Catherine Rimer - cello
Claire Williams - harpsichord

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Photo: Katie Vandyck


Photo: Roger Knights

Sing & Discover: Handel: Four Coronation Anthems

Saturday 16th July | 14.00-17:30 |
St Michael's Church, Lewes | Tickets £20

In this live workshop, with a fifteen minute social break, conductor and singer John Hancorn and writer and broadcaster Richard Wigmore explore Handel's Four Coronation Anthems. We shall look at the music in some detail while participants will join in with the choruses.

Sing & Discover workshops are for choral singers, choirs and music lovers who wish to broaden their range, extend their experience, increase their knowledge of style and context, and who enjoy a challenge. 


"Baroque Alchemy" | Piers Adams and Lyndy Mayle

Thursday 21st July | 21.00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15


Recorder virtuoso Piers Adams presents a stunning new project with his keyboardist partner Lyndy Mayle, combining the timeless sound-world of the baroque recorder with the universe of possibilities offered by 21st century synth technology.  The programme features music by forgotten 17th century composers Montalbano, Pandolfi and D’Anglebert alongside baroque masters Handel, Telemann, Albinoni and Bach – including the famous Goldberg Variations as never heard before!

Piers Adams - recorders
Lyndy Mayle - keyboard

"A Garland of Arias and Sinfonias" | 

Friday 22nd July | 18:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15


Sinfonias by J. S. Bach, alongside his Organ Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor, sacred chorales and fugues and the famous Aria from the Goldberg Variations. Plus arrangements of Ukrainian and Romanian traditional music. 



Emma Murphy - recorders

Rachel Stott - viola d'amore

Ibrahim Aziz - viola da gamba

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"Late Bach" | Sebastian Comberti - cello

Friday 22nd July | 21:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15


A wonderful evening of Bach for unaccompanied cello 

Cello Suite in D minor BWV 1008   J.S. Bach

Cello Suite in C major BWV 1009    J.S. Bach

Sebastian Comberti - cello


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Photo: Giorgia Bertazzi

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"Handel:  Four Coronation Anthems" | The Baroque Collective and The

Baroque Collective Singers

Saturday 23rd July | 19:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £25


Handel’s four Coronation Anthems were composed for King George II in 1727; Zadok the Priest has been sung at every British coronation since and is a hugely popular baroque masterpiece. The Baroque

Collective Singers and The Baroque Collective perform all four Anthems and complete the programme

with two glorious choruses from Handel’s Messiah. 

The Baroque Collective

Alison Bury - leader

The Baroque Collective Singers
John Hancorn - director



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