What's on in the Lewes Baroque Festival...

We hope you will come and enjoy some (or all!) of the events in this opening 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!

Violin and Harpsichord Recital | Alison Bury & Maggie Cole

Wednesday 17th July | 19:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £15

Alison Bury and Maggie Cole present a programme which explores the rich 18th-century repertoire for violin and harpsichord, including works with obbligato harpsichord by father and son, JS and CPE Bach.

Alison Bury - Violin
Maggie Cole - Harpsichord

"Flight of the Eagle" - Recorder & Piano Recital | Piers Adams & Howard Beach

Thursday 18th July | 18:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £10

A thrilling programme of baroque music brought soaring into the 21st century on the wings of
the magnificent ‘Eagle’ recorders with piano, by one of the UK’s best-loved duos.

Piers Adams - Recorder

Howard Beach - Piano

Bach - Suite in G (orig. Cello)

Telemann - Largo and Gigue

Castello - Sonata Prima

Purcell -Ground

Van Eyck - The English Nightingale

Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits

Vivaldi - Concerto in A minor.

"Draw on Sweet Night" - English Magrigals | Baroque Collective Singers

Thursday 18th July | 21:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £10

From Wilbye to Whitacre, Purcell’s Fairy Queen, Handel, Pearsall, and a twilit selection of English madrigals, the Baroque Collective Singers’ night-inspired programme is the perfect end to a summer’s day.

Pippa Dames-Longworth - Mezzo,  Andrew Robinson - Baritone,  Nicholas Houghton - Organ
Baroque Collective Singers,  John Hancorn - Director

Tallis - Te lucis ante terminum     
Dowland - Come, heavy sleep   
Lassus - La Nuit froide et sombre 
de Rore - O sonno
Wilbye - Draw on, sweet Night
Purcell - Fairy Queen: One Charming Night
Purcell - Fairy Queen: Hush No More
Purcell - Evening Hymn
Handel - Verdi Allori from Orlando
Handel - Nightingale Chorus (Solomon)
Telemann - Die Tageszeiten: Wie wird des Grabes Nacht entweichen
Telemann - Die Tageszeiten: Der Herr ist Gott
Pearsall - Lay a Garland   
Brahms - Nachtwache No. 1
Rheinberger - Abendlied
Whitacre - Sleep

Harpsichord Recital | Claire Williams

Friday 19th July | 18:30 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £10

Well-known to Brighton and Lewes audiences, Claire Williams will perform a delightful programme of solo harpsichord pieces. Including music by Purcell, Forqueray, Louis & Francois Couperin, and Scarlatti.

Claire Williams - Harpsicord

Purcell - Suite No. 7

Purcell - Almand

L. Couperin - Suite in D minor
Scarlatti - Sonata in C major & C minor

Forqueray - La Sylva,
Forqueray - La Boisson

F. Couperin - La Favorite

"Night Music" - Solo Violin Recital | Julia Bishop

Friday 17th July | 21:00 | St Michael's Church | Tickets £10

A solo violin recital of haunting and evocative music from the Baroque period by JS Bach, Telemann and Geminiani, exploring by candlelight the more meditative side of this much-loved instrument

Julia Bishop - Violin

Israel in Egypt -  "Handel's Choral Masterpiece" | East Sussex Bach Choir

Saturday 20th July | 19:30 | Lewes Town Hall | Tickets £15, £20, £25

East Sussex Bach Choir and an outstanding line-up of soloists and players will perform Handel's ever popular biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt (HWV 54) to close this year's festival

East Sussex Bach Choir
Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury
Director - John Hancorn