Becoming a member of Adur Arts Forum costs just £5 a year with benefits including cheaper tickets for
- Adur Arts Live
- Steyning Music Society
- New Music Brigthon
Contact Chris Gander 012734 77228
Brighton & Hove Concert Orchestra (formed over fifty years ago) is a full size, friendly, enthusiastic, amateur concert orchestra specialising in promoting and performing music in the “light music” genre. We present three or four concerts per annum often supporting local charities.
New members welcome – no audition required – but you’ll need grade 5 or over to gain full enjoyment.
(formerly known as Open Strings)
We are a Brighton & Hove -based social enterprise which has been running community music projects in the city and beyond since 2013. We offer participatory music as a tool for connection in a variety of community-based settings.
With listening and soundmaking at the core of what we provide, we work with older people, for teambuilding and staff wellbeing, with people living with dementia and their carers, for mental health, and string players of all abilities.
The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is best described as an ‘all star’ line up, in that it attract players of the very highest calibre from around the country, many of whom regularly work with some of the finest orchestras in the world. We are fortunate to capture their skills, interest and love of the repertoire for our series of Sunday afternoon concerts.
Formed in 1990 the Brighton Chamber Choir, which has Sir Simon Rattle as it’s President, is a lively, friendly and welcoming choir singing anything from Gregorian Plainsong to music from the Broadway Musicals.
Contact Tim Cullen 01273 857998
The pursuit of the Arts at Brighton College is considered as an activity worthy of great dedication in its own right, but also as a vitally important vehicle to nurture the creativity, passion and individuality of each child at the school. Artistic endeavour encourages our pupil body to be curious, courageous and original and in doing so enlivens and complements the academic life of the school in a very special way.
Contact Miss K Smith 01273 704200 ext 341
Brighton Consort presents five or six concerts a year in Brighton and the surrounding area. In addition we help to further knowledge of renaissance and early baroque music by running occasional workshops, which are led by some of the U.K.’s greatest experts on the repertoire. Our Musical Director is James Dixon.
Contact Mike Clemens 01273 833746
Brighton Early Music Festival is a world leader in dynamic events which make music from the last 1000 years relevant and exciting to modern audiences. Throughout the year BREMF contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Brighton and Hove through its programme of choral concerts, workshops and school projects.
The annual Festival takes place in late October and early November, and has built a reputation for lively and inspired programming.
Registered Charity: 1097288
Since its formation in 1968 Brighton Festival Chorus has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the most versatile choirs in the UK, competing with London-based choirs in its busy schedule of concerts. The Chorus has gained the respect of many leading conductors and orchestras for its consistently high standards and for the breadth of repertoire that it performs.
In addition to its hired work, BFC also promotes its own concerts locally in Brighton and Hove
This music club, formed in 1884, holds monthly concerts of classical and light music to please all tastes in an informal and friendly atmosphere at All Saints’ Church Hall, Eaton Road Hove. A wide range of music is performed by local musicians in the form of solos or ensembles for voice or instruments. The standard of performance is high with local musicians taking part and also young students who are proceeding to music colleges.
Contact Heather Waterman 01273 304973
The choir traces it’s origins back to 1942, putting on several high quality concerts each year, with professional soloists and orchestras. In the course of its long history they have sung many of the major choral works, both classical and more modern. The choir numbers around 90-100 members. Rehearsals normally take place on Wednesday evenings at Varndean School, off Balfour Road, Brighton.
Contact M. Park 01273 640247
The Brighton Singers are a long-standing group of music enthusiasts and professionals united by their passion for singing new and exciting repertoire.
General inquiries: Anne Bonwit – 01273 604231 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunchtime Concerts Fridays, 12.30 – 1.15 p.m.
Raising money for the Church Building Appeal Fund
New Rd, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1UF
Contact 01273 696022
We have been entertaining Mid Sussex with high-quality classical music since 1979. We perform in May and November each year at St. Andrew’s Church, Burgess Hill and in June in St. John’s Park.
Do you play an orchestral instrument to a good standard?
We rehearse every Wednesday from 8.15pm to 10.15pm at the United Reformed Church, Junction Road, Burgess Hill RH15 0JS during school term times. You should be available for our three concerts per year in May, June and November, plus an extra informal concert for our patrons which is usually in March. We ask for an annual donation, which is currently set at £110. You are encouraged to try a few sessions before you join.
Many of our members are Burgess Hill residents. Others live elsewhere in Mid Sussex or Brighton. We are a very friendly bunch of all ages and we always welcome new members.
Contact Gill Yates 01273 843491
A women’s a-cappella four-part harmony chorus. Based in Southwick, they currently have around 40 members of all ages who just love to sing. They rehearse every Thursday evening at Southwick Church in Roman Crescent, BN42 4TY . Singing popular and show songs spanning many decades, they have performed in venues throughout Sussex and further afield, including European tours.
Encore is the fundraising network for supporters of Brighton Youth Orchestra and all the city ensembles managed by Brighton & Hove Music & Arts. Encore supports the next generation of musical talent providing funds for O360, our inclusive ensemble, and bursaries for tuition, specialist instruments and international tours.
(Registered Charity no. 1076169 – Brighton & Hove Music Trust)
The Esterházy Chamber Choir was founded in 1993 and is based in Lewes, East Sussex. Comprising around thirty four experienced singers from a wide variety of backgrounds, the choir aims to perform at the highest standard whilst remaining firmly rooted in the fine English tradition of amateur music making. The group’s repertoire spans four centuries of sacred and secular music with an emphasis on a cappella singing.
As a Registered Charity, the choir strives to make music more accessible to the young by offering free admission to accompanied children at concerts that the choir promotes itself, in particular its popular Christmas concert.
Contact Judy Mackerras
The Society was launched as the “Mid Sussex Gilbert and Sullivan Society” in May 2011 from a nucleus of enthusiasts brought together by Melvyn Tarran, curator of “The World of Gilbert and Sullivan Museum” then at Oak Hall Sheffield Park. We are affiliated to the London G & S Society. The name was changed to “The Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Sussex” in 2012.
Edwin Cowley 01342 715709
Lewes Festival of Song runs an annual weekend festival in Lewes every July, as well as other concerts during the year.
We feature performers with international reputations as well as outstanding young musicians at the start of their careers in richly varied programmes of classical song and choral music.
Lunchtime concerts at the Chapel Royal (LCCR) have been running for 25 years.
The series is well known amongst classical music lovers, who attend in good numbers every Tuesday lunchtime, 1.10pm – 1.55pm. The variety and quality of the performances is enhanced by the fine acoustics and warm atmosphere of the 1795 Chapel Royal in North Street, Brighton.
All seats £3.00 at the door.
MOOT aims to expand and develop into a community for like-minded musicians and music lovers to meet. MOOT for communal listening, contemporary music, creative discussion, for the community with a special focus on disability groups
Music & Wine at St. Luke’s is a concert series taking place at St. Luke’s Church by the Pepperpot on Queen’s Park Road, Brighton. Concerts take place fortnightly on Friday evenings at 7.30pm and have wide-ranging programmes: from early to contemporary music, including jazz and other genres, well-known and lesser-known works, all performed by professional musicians and emerging new artists.
Performers give spoken introductions, creating an accessible and friendly atmosphere where the audience has a chance to mingle over a glass of wine at the interval.
Contact Rachel Fryer 01273 510595 or email@example.com
Musical Friends is a small and friendly club that puts on regular afternoon concerts of popular songs with piano accompaniment, performed by our members. The events include comedy, audience sing-alongs, piano solos, refreshments and a raffle. Newcomers welcome, whether singers or non-singers!
We meet once a month on Wednesday afternoons at Exeter Street Hall, 16-17 Exeter Street, Brighton BN1 5PG, 3.00 – 5.15 pm.
Contact Jonathan Steele 01273 302276 or Bob Eaton 01273 508192
New Music Brighton is an association of composers who live or work in the Sussex area. Founded in 1993, NMB curate concerts of members’ works throughout the year. With a growing back catalogue of releases, our membership is diverse, including professional and amateur composers of all ages and styles.
The Nicholas Yonge Society aims to present five chamber music concerts annually of a high quality involving both internationally known artists and young musicians. The society favours trios, quartets and small ensembles with an occasional piano soloist or singer. The programme includes a wide range of composers and instruments.
The concerts are held at the Sussex Downs College, Mountfield Road, Lewes BN7 2XH, normally on the fourth Friday of October, November, January, February and March.
This lively Society meets at 7:30 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of every month from September to June of the following year.
Our Meeting Place is the Swedish Folk High School, Loxdale, Locks Hill, Portslade.
Contact Donald Pickett 01273 305444
or contact the Chairman/Secretary:
55 Church Street
ROTTINGDEAN ARTS is a thriving organisation which promotes an annual series of free Summer Concerts on the seafront Terraces Stage and a wide-ranging Music Festival in various village venues.
It was founded by local resident and conductor, Roy Wales and is run by himself and a team of volunteers. Rottingdean Arts operates a Sponsors, Patrons and Friends scheme.
Tel: 01273 300894
(For personal health, organisational and financial reasons, it has been decided that there will not be a Festival in 2020 (as was the case in 2018). However we will put on the usual series of free Concerts on the Terraces Stage during June, July and August. There will also be some other events during the year.)
Seaford Music Society, having been presenting the best in chamber music in Seaford for over 70 years, continues its long tradition with a 2017-2018 season of seven Concerts, consisting of five Chamber Concerts and two Family Concerts.
Contact Paul Moore 01323 491601
South Downs Chamber Ensemble and South Downs Baroque were formed to bring together some of the finest chamber musicians across the South East, many of whom are artistic directors of established local festivals. We perform to small audiences in the atmospheric recital room, Flint Halls, at Folkington Manor near Polegate.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (Administrator)
South Down Summer Music International Festival is a celebration of music and community. Each July, this well established and popular classical music festival draws some of the finest international artists to perform in the very special village of Alfriston in the heart of the South Downs National Park.
Charity Number: 1151916
Springboard – Brighton & Hove Performing Arts Festival – provides a unique platform for Music and Drama students to perform in a friendly and encouraging environment.
Administrator: Kathy Palmer – contact no. 07599 547604
Regular concerts are held to raise funds to save the tower of our beautiful 11th century building and to maintain the structure as a whole. The church contains some of the finest examples of stained glass windows by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris and is a delightful setting for musical presentations, opposite Rottingdean’s village green, the pond and Kipling Gardens.St Margaret of Antioch, The Green, Rottingdean, East Sussex BN2 7HA
St Mary’s is a serenely beautiful Victorian church, friendly and inclusive, which doubles up as an atmospheric venue with a superb acoustic for music performance and recording. We seek to make quality music available to all for free or at affordable prices.
From April to October we run a series of free Classical music concerts on early Saturday evenings. The recitals are free and include complimentary refreshments afterwards, but we do ask people to give what they can in a retiring collection. From the collection, we pay our performers a modest ‘fee’ – really a contribution towards their costs. The remainder goes towards paying for our concert-worthy 1904 Bechstein piano.
61 St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1PR
01273 698601 / 07796 440670
St Michael & All Angels church, Brighton remains one of the foremost classical music venues during Brighton Fringe. St Michael’s has been hosting Fringe concerts every year since the 1980’s. Blessed with a warm & resonant acoustic & a fine Yamaha C7 grand, the church is attractive to both listener and performer. Aesthetically pleasing to the eye also, is this fine late Victorian church.
Music at Saint Michael’s – Adam Le Clercq
St Michael & All Angels Church, St Michaels Place, Brighton, BN1 3FU
St Nicholas Church is the Mother Church of Brighton at the heart of the city centre. The Church extends its activities to include concerts and exhibitions. Lunchtime recitals are from 12.30pm to 1.15pm. Entry free (suggested donation £3).
Tea and coffee are available.
Contact: Parish Administrator
(Parish Office is open Wednesdays 11am-2pm and Thursdays and Fridays 9am-11.45am, 12.45pm-3pm)
Occasional Free lunch time concerts
Strings Attached aims to promote, develop and help publicise high quality chamber music in the Brighton & Hove area, and we encourage and support both professional and amateur chamber music making. We are a voluntary group, working in co-operation with a range of organisations including the Brighton Dome and Festival and the Brighton Early Music Festival.
Contact Margaret Polmear 01273 328085
Please see Sussex Harmonisers for further information
Sussex Chorus (formerly Ditchling Choral Society), is one of the South East’s leading choirs, performing four times a year in Brighton and Mid Sussex. Singers from all walks of life share a passion for choral music and, led by their Director of Music, Alan Vincent, enjoy rehearsing and performing a varied and exciting repertoire.
The choir currently has about 100 members and always welcomes new singers. The Choir meets every Monday except over Christmas and during August, in St Paul’s Catholic College , Burgess Hill from 7.30 to 9.45pm.
Contact: Mrs Angela Holroyd, email@example.com
The Sussex Harmonisers club comprises two choruses: an all-female group Sussex A Cappella and an all-male group Sussex Kings of Harmony. Our repertoires cover all forms of unaccompanied singing both traditional and modern to suit all tastes.
Sussex A Cappella rehearse on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 10pm at The Kings Centre, Victoria Road, Burgess Hill RH15 9LR.
The Sussex Kings of Harmony rehearse on Tuesday evenings at St Paul’s Catholic College, Jane Murray Way, Burgess Hill RH15 8GA from 7.15pm to 9.50pm.
Visitors and singers will always receive a warm welcome. And we love providing entertainment for events. You can find out a lot more about us (including information about open virtual and physical rehearsals) at www.sussexharmonisers.org.uk
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Please see Sussex Harmonisers for further information.
We are a community of classical music lovers, both performers and listeners. Our series of informal musical evenings features artists drawn from our membership, and runs from October to June. The repertoire ranges from early music right up to the present day, combining the familiar with items less often performed. Our concerts are at Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF, and start at 7.30 pm. Please see our website for dates and further details.
Contact Jonathan Steele 01273 302276
The Sussex Symphony Orchestra is a leading orchestra of its type in the region, offering performing opportunities for professionals, gifted amateurs and students, and giving critically acclaimed concerts at premier venues across the South. World class soloists and emerging future “star” artists perform with opportunities for local composers to have their works heard. Founder and Conductor: Mark Andrew James. Orchestra President: Nigel Kennedy.
It holds two major concerts during the year, with workshops, smaller recitals, tours and combined performances with other choirs, plus social events.
Founded in 1974 the choir is a registered charity, no. 1058273