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Area: East Sussex

Held Mid August: ‘Offers a week of fantastic singing classes, performance opportunities, along with concerts and social events. We have space for around 200 students, who come from all over the world, to work with Tutors and House Pianists from the top British Conservatoires and Opera Houses.'

* AIMS International Music School
Visits to the Website182
Views of The ‘Full’ Record276

‘Covers the South area of East Sussex, along the coast from Eastbourne to Worthing. It welcomes all those with an interest in the organ, its music and construction, whether or not they play the instrument themselves. Meetings cover a wide range of activities, including master classes, recitals, talks, social events, help for inexperienced organists and visits to instruments of all sizes, from small one manual organs in country parishes to those in Cathedrals ... There are nine association meetings and a recital series per year in various locations in the Brighton area and further afield.’

* Brighton & District Organists’ Association
Visits to the Website161
Views of The ‘Full’ Record232

BHMA provides quality and inclusive music and arts education and performance opportunities for all children and young people across the city including music lessons, ensembles, projects, workshops, orchestras, summer schools and dance classes. BHMA is the lead partner of the award winning SoundCity, the Music Education Hub for Brighton & Hove. Working alongside the Brighton Dome & Festival, Glyndebourne, Rhythmix, University of Sussex, Royal Pavilion and Museums, representatives from Public Health and the Music Industry.’

* Brighton & Hove Music & Arts
Visits to the Website218
Views of The ‘Full’ Record192

'Throughout the year, BREMF contributes to the vibrant arts scene in Brighton and Hove through its programme of choral concerts, workshops and schools projects. The annual Festival takes place in late October and early November and has built a reputation for lively and inspired programming, often exploring connections with different art forms and using performance formats and spaces that challenge preconceptions of early music.'

* Brighton Early Music Festival
Visits to the Website239
Views of The ‘Full’ Record374
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A national and international centre for research and development in the practice and theory of contemporary opera, music-based theatre and other related forms of sonic or multimedia performance. The Centre promotes innovative artistic and critical practices across a range of forms through academic programmes, creative, theoretical and historical research projects, and research collaborations with relevant professional and educational partners.'

* Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre [Sussex]
Visits to the Website171
Also indexedUniversity of Sussex
Views of The ‘Full’ Record369

‘A fun & friendly ukulele group based in Lewes ... Some of us are absolute beginners, others are accomplished ukulele players. The rest of us fall in between. But we all contribute, and we all have a good time. If you feel like joining in, come along and - join in! We welcome everyone. If you are just starting to learn the ukulele, come along and sing-along. For part of the evening we play songs with well know chords, as well as some more challenging, but the emphasis is on fun.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Cool Hand Ukes
Visits to the Website100
Views of The ‘Full’ Record161

‘Customise your course and choose from areas including composition, music technology, classical music studies, popular music studies, screen music, classical, contemporary and rock, and computer and electronic music ... Join a music group, band or choir, show off your musical skills in our symphony orchestra, or write for our student newspaper. We know your student experience doesn't stop when you leave the classroom, that's why we have a range of clubs, societies and activities to help you build the skills for your future ...’

* Department of Music [Sussex]
Visits to the Website217
Also indexedUniversity of Sussex
Views of The ‘Full’ Record208

‘The government funded music education provider for East Sussex. We are a not-for-profit organisation. Our team of over 90 teachers, support staff and managers provide music education for over 7000 children and young people in East Sussex, from age 5 to 18.‘ The Service is the Lead Organisation for the East Sussex Music Education Hub.

* East Sussex Music
Visits to the Website55
Also indexedEast Sussex Music Education Hub
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138

‘Area music centres support pupils who are already learning an instrument and provide opportunities to play in groups, bands and orchestras. There are choirs too, for those who love to sing. The Centres offer a fun and sociable environment where learning is accelerated with the support of expert tutors.’ One of four Area Music Centres in East Sussex.

* Eastbourne Area Music Centre
Visits to the Website99
Views of The ‘Full’ Record164

‘A competitive festival held annually at the Winter Gardens in Eastbourne, and was originally founded in 1961.’  Mid February.

* Eastbourne Music & Arts Festival
Visits to the Website168
Views of The ‘Full’ Record347
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Between September and May we present talks on a wide variety of musical topics, given by enthusiastic visiting and local speakers. In addition to CD and DVD illustrations, there are also occasional live music performances, usually staged in a convenient town centre location. For more than 60 years we have been extending a warm welcome to new members and visitors who enjoy sharing musical enthusiasms and, now and again, the adventure of wandering off the well-worn musical paths.’

* Eastbourne Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138

’School age children are welcome to become members of our AMCs and access the groups, bands and choirs appropriate to their experience and age, together with tuition on their chosen instruments.They also have access to a great social atmosphere away from the pressures of the normal school day.’

* Hastings Area Music Centre
Visits to the Website12
Views of The ‘Full’ Record14

'One of the biggest and most prestigious in the country Hastings Music Festival is a registered charity, and as such its two main focuses are the providing of excellent performance opportunities for all ages with adjudication of specialists in their field, and also the awarding annually of grants to young performers as they continue into further studies in College/Conservatoire in their chosen discipline ... The Festival takes place annually during more than three weeks of March.'

* Hastings Music Festival
Visits to the Website260
Views of The ‘Full’ Record267
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals
* Hove Music & Record Society
Visits to the Website62
Views of The ‘Full’ Record113

‘The first and only festival of its kind in the world with the mission to promote and showcase high quality classical music that is tuneful, full of passion, accessible, universally appealing and created by living composers attending the events ... Composers are invited to submit music that is accessible, tonal and melodic. The works chosen from those submitted are performed by our large International Festival Symphony Orchestra, the International Festival Chorus, the Children’s Festival choir, several ensembles as well as numerous professional solo instrumentalists and singers.‘ Held Late September [2018].

* International Composers Festival
Visits to the Website174
Views of The ‘Full’ Record206

'Began its life in the summer of 2012 when 8 musicians were invited by the Festival's founder and violinist, Beatrice Philips to come down to Lewes and perform six concerts of the finest chamber music to local audiences over one weekend. The concerts proved so popular that audiences insisted it happen again the following year.' Held Mid June.

* Lewes Chamber Music Festival
Visits to the Website243
Views of The ‘Full’ Record375
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'The Society was named after the publisher Nicholas Yonge (c1560-1619) who was chosen as being a Lewisian of considerable importance in the development and performance of music in England. Yonge was behind the publication of Musica Transalpina (1588) a collection of Italian madrigals which stimulated the singing and composing of madrigals in the 16th and 17th century.' Normally five concerts each season from October to March.

* Nicholas Yonge Society
Visits to the Website90
Views of The ‘Full’ Record227
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Piano competition for young adult pianists ... The Compeition has been enabled by a substantial bequest from the late Norah Sande, in memory of her Grandmother, Alice Mary Caffin. Its object (and the wish of the legatee) is to encourage and support young musicians at the commencement of their careers.’ Held Early July.

* Norah Sande Award
Visits to the Website164
Views of The ‘Full’ Record389
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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.’

* Portslade Recorded Music Society
Visits to the Website67
Views of The ‘Full’ Record126

‘Now the most successful multi-arts festival in East Sussex ... Our main Festival is Rye’s principal annual arts event, taking place over the weekends and last two weeks in September. It has developed ... into one of the most successful and respected small festivals of its kind, dedicated to high quality performances in music, literature, theatre and other art forms coupled with a range of activities in heritage and the environment.‘

Category Arts Festivals
* Rye Arts Festival
Visits to the Website62
Views of The ‘Full’ Record78
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We are a very welcoming group of Ukulele enthusiasts who play weekly ... All are welcome from beginner, through improver to expert. We always have a spare Uke if anyone just “wants a go” ... From complete beginners to more advanced players, from sopranos, through tenors, banjoleles to kazoo players we can play almost everything ... We don’t teach, but we do encourage and, hopefully, inspire.’

Category Ukulele Clubs
* Rye Ukulele Experiment
Visits to the Website45
Views of The ‘Full’ Record54

‘The Rye Wurlitzer is Britain's second oldest Wurlitzer theatre organ. It was originally installed at The Palace Cinema in Tottenham. It has been at Rye College since the summer of 1957. Regular concerts are held ... A unique teaching project also runs from the Rye Wurlitzer giving students the opportunity to learn the instrument at no cost to themselves.’

* Rye Wurlitzer
Visits to the Website71
Views of The ‘Full’ Record130

'The Society hosts five concerts each season ... The concerts are given by artists at the top of their profession, and all have an international reputation. Often they include their visit to Seaford Music Society in a schedule that starts in London’s major concert halls, such as the Wigmore Hall and the halls of the South Bank. As a small music society, we concentrate on chamber music, but still manage to present the full range of entertainment - for example, from single instrumentalists playing guitar or piano, through violin, cello or woodwind with piano, to string quartets.'

* Seaford Music Society
Visits to the Website116
Views of The ‘Full’ Record164
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The official website of the Theatre Pipe Organ Preservation Society (TPOPS). We run concerts and dances on the organs of the Singing Hills Golf Course at Albourne, to the north of Brighton, and at the East Sussex National at Little Horsted, near Uckfield. We also fund the TPOPS Academy, teaching the next generation of young musicians the skills required to play these mighty instruments.’

* Singing Hills Wurlitzer
Visits to the Website13
Also indexedTheatre Pipe Organ Preservation Society (TPOPS) | East Sussex National, Uckfield
Views of The ‘Full’ Record14
Concerts and Recitals Season‘Concerts featuring the UK's very best organists at 3pm on Sunday afternoons during the autumn and winter months.’

‘Brings together the leading organisations for music in the city, with Brighton & Hove City Council’s Music & Arts Service as lead partner. This partnership reflects the unique artistic and cultural landscape of the city, whose key mission is to enhance and further develop music education and opportunities that reflect the needs of children and young people. Alongside our colleagues in schools, our strategic partners are Brighton Dome & Festival, Glyndebourne, University of Sussex, Rhythmix, Royal Pavilion and Museums and representatives from Public Health and the Music Industry.’

* SoundCity: Brighton & Hove
Visits to the Website160
Views of The ‘Full’ Record177

Springboard offers a range of competitive and non-competitive classes and workshops, conducted in a friendly and supportive environment. Performers receive invaluable verbal and written feedback from nationally accredited adjudicators, who are chosen for their encouraging approach. There are classes for music and drama students of all ages, which can lead to further performance opportunities ... The Festival is held annually during weekends in March.’

* Springboard Festival
Visits to the Website108
Also indexedBrighton & Hove Performing Arts Festival
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138

‘A membership organisation which aims to promote, develop and help publicise high quality chamber music in the Brighton & Hove area ... The Sunday morning Coffee Concerts, organised by colleagues at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival, are the regular highlight of our musical calendar. These  include an opportunity to meet fellow members of the audience in the interval when complimentary sherry or fruit juice is served exclusively to Friends of Strings Attached by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival. There is often an opportunity to meet the performers at the end of the concerts.‘

* Strings Attached
Visits to the Website17
Views of The ‘Full’ Record20
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘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 September to June. The repertoire ranges from early music right up to the present day, combining the familiar with items less often performed.’

* Sussex Musicians Club
Visits to the Website82
Views of The ‘Full’ Record157
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A classical music concert series based at the workshop of harpsichord maker Malcolm Rose and clavichord maker Karin Richter, in Lewes, East Sussex, UK. It celebrated its 25th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, and has built up an enviable reputation for presenting world-class artists in an atmospheric, intimate and friendly setting ... The Workshop has a relatively small seating capacity (approx 50), so we strongly recommend advance booking. Either way, we don’t issue tickets but will reserve you a place.‘

* The Workshop Series
Visits to the Website23
Views of The ‘Full’ Record33
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Organises and presents first class chamber music concerts, performed by established artists of national and international renown. It also provides a platform for young, highly gifted, up and coming artists, whose quality has been recognised by prizes and awards in major competitions.’

* Uckfield Music Club
Visits to the Website77
Views of The ‘Full’ Record146

‘Brighton’s only purpose-built jazz venue ... The Verdict, adorned with original photographs of jazz legends, has been voted one of Europe's best jazz clubs. The cafe upstairs screens the performances.‘ Usually Friday and Saturday evenings; book online.

Category Jazz Clubs
* Verdict Jazz
Visits to the Website20
Views of The ‘Full’ Record14

‘Continues to offer music-lovers the opportunity to experience chamber music of the highest quality without the need to go to London! As usual, we have a tremendous mix of older established musicians and ensembles together with some younger and new faces who, like so many who have performed here, will go on to become distinguished artists of the future.  We welcome music lovers from Kent, Sussex and beyond to the Chaplin Theatre, which is a 250-seat purpose-built venue with excellent acoustics, visibility; it also benefits from a superb Bosendorfer piano.’

* Vinehall International Classical Concert Series
Visits to the Website25
Views of The ‘Full’ Record22
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We welcome all musicians, the very young and the very old, the very amateur and the very professional. We try and book a guest once every two months. On guest nights, naturally, there is less time for the floor spots. The word folk in our name may be slightly misleading. We attract both traditional and contemporary folk singers and players, blues singers, blue grass bands jug bands and country singers. In fact, all folks are welcome.'

Category Folk Clubs
* White Horse Folk Club [Golden Cross]
Visits to the Website104
Views of The ‘Full’ Record181
Concerts and Recitals Season’Has hosted folk nights every other Monday since 1993.’

'Set up in 2005 (then the "Brighton & Hove (actually) Gay Men's Chorus") with the specific aim of providing a place where gay men could socialise, have fun, develop their vocal skills in a unique environment, and perform to the public while raising money for charity ... The chorus produce three of our own concerts every year ranging from West End to Disney, Bon Jovi to Abba and Monteverdi to McCartney.The Chorus is reputed to produce a "big sound" and are often asked to perform as guests.'

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Actually Gay Men's Chorus
Visits to the Website184
Views of The ‘Full’ Record172

‘The Band has a membership from Shoreham, Hove, Brighton, Worthing, Steyning and as far away as Crawley and Chichester. We are a community band that welcomes anyone 18 and over who can play a wind instrument or percussion; our members include players from around grade 5, to semi-professional musicians.’

+ Adur Concert Band
Visits to the Website113
Views of The ‘Full’ Record193

Barefoot Opera aims to change perceptions and the experience of opera from the ground up. Expect opera that is fresh, direct and exhilarating ... fantastic singing with great movement and drama ... At the core of our work is a desire to create a true ensemble of performers – singers, instrumentalists and dancers, who train together to create outstanding, innovative opera.’

Category Opera Companies
+ Barefoot Opera
Visits to the Website112
Views of The ‘Full’ Record152

'Battle Choral Society represents so much more than an occasional performance of classical music. It stands for togetherness, creativity, the sharing of a passion for music, the belief that working towards a goal in the form of a concert will add to one's sense of purpose and that there is more to entertainment than being on the receiving end of it.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Battle Choral Society
Visits to the Website134
Views of The ‘Full’ Record215
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'We are a friendly, enthusiastic non-audition choral society ... We currently have over 50 members and warmly welcome new singers, particularly tenors ... We perform 3 main concerts during the year, featuring a wide range of choral music. We also organise social events and have a thriving support group of Friends.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Bexhill Choral Society
Visits to the Website140
Views of The ‘Full’ Record381
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An award-winning, small, close vocal harmony group based in Eastbourne. We all share a passion for singing and a love of entertaining. The group was formed in 2010 when a few like-minded people met through an Eastbourne-based choir. We started to get together socially and usually ended up singing because it was the one overriding factor that we all had in common. Gradually new music was suggested, more challenging songs were produced and the idea of forming a group came about. Our repertoire consists of a wide range of music including a capella, barbershop, cover versions and classical pieces.‘

+ Bourne Chorus
Visits to the Website70
Views of The ‘Full’ Record160
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’We regularly perform at a wide range of concerts, bandstands, fairs, garden parties and parades in the South East. We can put together a programme of music for a wedding ceremony, a retail shop opening, a corporate day or even entertain your customers in the local pub!‘

+ Brighton & Hove City Brass
Visits to the Website93
Views of The ‘Full’ Record162

‘We are a 40 strong concert orchestra who meet every week to play lovely music in a very friendly, fun environment. Our repertoire includes a mixture of styles to suit all tastes from the "light music" genre. We usually present three or four concerts a year at local venues ... We don't hold auditions or require a minimum standard although you will gain most enjoyment from the orchestra if you've reached grade 5 or above.’

+ Brighton & Hove Concert Orchestra
Visits to the Website107
Views of The ‘Full’ Record104

‘Our Music Centres offer something for everyone, whatever ability, age or special interest! Activities include instrumental ensembles, orchestras and bands, music technology, music, film & animation and Children’s Music Workshops for 5 year olds and a range of choirs.‘

+ Brighton & Hove Music Groups
Visits to the Website116
Views of The ‘Full’ Record138
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Formed in 1990. They perform classical works unaccompanied and with piano, organ or Chamber Orchestra. Its reputation has been increasing steadily over the years and it is now one of the best chamber choirs in Sussex.‘

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Brighton Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website84
Views of The ‘Full’ Record165
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Presents four or five 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.

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Brighton Consort
Visits to the Website80
Views of The ‘Full’ Record109
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded for the 1968 Brighton Festival by its first Music Director, Laszlo Heltay. The choir's first performance, Walton's Belshazzar's Feast, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by the composer himself, brought overnight success. Brighton Festival Chorus is now one of the most sought-after and versatile choirs in the country with a busy schedule of concerts, recordings and tours both at home and abroad.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Brighton Festival Chorus
Visits to the Website106
Views of The ‘Full’ Record133
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'A space where people can celebrate music, celebrate their sexuality, enjoy the fellowship of other like-minded people and contribute to the local communities which we are part of ... Membership is open to anyone who self-identifies as a gay or gay-friendly man, and currently has around 80 members ... Brighton Gay Men's Chorus operates an 11-month calendar, comprised of three seasons, each of which culminates in a one or two night show.'

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Brighton Gay Men's Chorus
Visits to the Website285
Views of The ‘Full’ Record242
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'Once a week we come together to rehearse, sing, dance and have a great time. Many of us arrive feeling tired and stressed. But one and a half hours later, every one of us leaves on a high. That’s the power of gospel singing. We have two choirs, the Workshop Choir and the Performance Choir. The Workshop Choir is open to anyone and there is no audition required. The Performance Choir is a smaller auditioned choir focusing on a higher level of performance.'

Category Gospel Choirs
+ Brighton Goes Gospel
Visits to the Website172
Views of The ‘Full’ Record344

‘Founded on January 26, 1942 ... Join us and sing great music! You don’t have to be a perfect sight reader of music, though you will need some ability to read vocal music. A good ear and the ability to feel the music’s harmony is an advantage. A short and friendly audition will help our conductor to see how your voice will blend in ... The choir numbers around 80-100 members. Each year several concerts of high quality, with professional soloists and orchestra, are put on.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Brighton Orpheus Choir
Visits to the Website47
Views of The ‘Full’ Record101

‘Brighton & Hove’s professional orchestra, which performs an annual season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome ... The BPO’s aim is to provide enjoyable, varied, professional concerts at affordable prices. In order to do this the orchestra relies on the support of its parent organisation, the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic Society, a registered charity comprising the “Friends of the Philharmonic”.’

+ Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Visits to the Website133
Views of The ‘Full’ Record153
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Sacred Harp Singing is four part a cappella harmony singing. The tunes are notated in four different “shape notes” - Fa (a triangle), Sol (an oval), La (a rectangle) and Mi (a diamond) - designed to aid sight-reading. Anyone is welcome to come along, whether you have experience or not, whether you think you can sing or read music or not, and whatever you believe in - The Sacred Harp is a hymn book, but the singers here are “of any faith or none”. We are an informal group of all ages and backgrounds, and no regular commitment is needed. You can come and go to a singing as you please, and come along as often or as little as you like- though singing the shapes becomes easier the more you do it. Sacred Harp is social singing- it is not performance music and there are no rehearsals. We sing together for ourselves in the moment, more akin to a folk session than a choir.’

+ Brighton Shape Note Singing
Visits to the Website96
Also indexedSacred Harp Singing
Views of The ‘Full’ Record163

‘Founded in 1974 by Nancy Jacks as the Uckfield Youth Orchestra, it started with five members, soon increased to twenty, and was later joined by adults, and it established a series of charity concerts. In 1995 it took its present name ... We welcome all ages, and especially brass players! ... We perform in Buxted Park, Uckfield and in Seaford, giving concerts three or four times a year.’

+ Buxted Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website87
Views of The ‘Full’ Record145

‘Have voice, will travel - all we need is a balance of parts and a pitch pipe. We are a women’s group who sing a wide range of songs and styles, all unaccompanied ... Based in Southwick, near Brighton UK we currently have around 30 members of all ages who just love to sing!‘

+ Coastline Harmony Chorus
Visits to the Website82
Views of The ‘Full’ Record136
Concerts and Recitals Season

Regular performances: ‘Coastline Harmony is always happy to sing for you - it's what we love to do best! Whether it's a charity function, a wedding or show, we have something for everyone’.

‘We are a friendly mixed choir with approx 100 members ... Our concerts include two in Eastbourne & Seaford in June & December ... Concentus means “agreement”, “harmony”, or “unity”, and this defines the very spirit of the choir ... Our Musical Director strives to ensure that harmony exists not just in the musical notes that are sung but also in the way that choir members are cared for ... What does Concentus sing? Well a little bit of everything!’

Category Community Choirs
+ Concentus
Visits to the Website52
Views of The ‘Full’ Record140

‘A professional chamber group based in the South East ... formed in 1989 by the joining of two string quartets ... The Corelli Ensemble welcomes you to enjoy a feast of beautiful live classical music, from Baroque masterpieces, to unashamedly romantic Movie Themes.‘

Category String Ensembles
+ Corelli Ensemble
Visits to the Website55
Views of The ‘Full’ Record108
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘We aim to benefit our members and the wider community through the performance of baroque repertoire to a high standard ... The ESBC is based in Lewes, the ancient county town of East Sussex. Lewes is a hive of cultural activity and the ESBC is part of this cultural landscape, contributing through the engagement and commitment of its singers and by giving audiences the opportunity to hear both well-known works and some less well-known works that may deserve to be better known.’

Category Choral Societies
+ East Sussex Bach Choir
Visits to the Website50
Views of The ‘Full’ Record91
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Exists to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of choral music and to encourage both members of the choir and audiences to further their knowledge of choral works ... The Choir performs three major concerts a year and takes part in other musical events in the town ... Our membership numbers approximately 90. We are fortunate in that we have the opportunity to work with some excellent instrumentalists and soloists ... You are welcome to "try us out " for two weeks before deciding whether to commit to the choir and pay the subscription ... We also welcome "friends" who may be able to support us in other ways e.g. selling programmes or pouring wine at concerts.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Eastbourne Choral Society
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record98
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The Eastbourne Concert Orchestra is the playing arm of the Eastbourne Orchestral Society. The orchestra has been going for over 60 years, usually performing three concerts a year. We are a community orchestra and meet on a Tuesday evening during term time. The Orchestral Society is always looking for new members; musicians, concert helpers and patrons. In terms of vacancies within the orchestra we are particularly looking for strings and brass players. We play a variety of music, such as classical, light or show music so normally advise that players should be of a grade 5 standard.’

+ Eastbourne Concert Orchestra
Visits to the Website101
Also indexedEastbourne Orchestral Society
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106

Founded 1907: ‘Has been entertaining Sussex ... with a wide range of different shows, from plays to much loved musicals and open air Shakespeare in the summer. The three sections of EODS (Dramatic, Operatic and Junior) work together to present fantastic performances every year which are well rehearsed, and feature some incredibly talented people. Some of these actors have gone on to professional roles and have become extremely successful which makes the Society incredibly proud’.

+ Eastbourne Operatic & Dramatic Society
Visits to the Website71
Views of The ‘Full’ Record112

‘Financially self-supporting and an independent organisation, it registered as a charity in 1987 and, with quality players from Eastbourne and the surrounding area, performs a number of concerts a year ... The current regular annual programme features a choral concert with ESO singers, an ESO young soloist competition winner’s concert, usually in the summer, and an autumn concert, The young soloist competition takes place in January and February, and an audience is welcome ...'

+ Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra
Visits to the Website133
Views of The ‘Full’ Record734
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in Lewes, East Sussex, the choir comprises around thirty four experienced singers who aim to perform at the highest possible standard.’

Category Chamber Choirs
+ Esterházy Chamber Choir
Visits to the Website36
Views of The ‘Full’ Record97
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Based in the ancient village of Fletching, near Uckfield ... We aim to give an opportunity for amateur singers of all standards to have access to many different types of music. The choir numbers about 50 regular members, some of whom are good readers of music with considerable experience of choral singing, while others are less experienced musicians who come because they enjoy singing in congenial company, while at the same time extending their musical skills. This wide range of ability enables us to perform some of the great masterpieces of the choral repertoire, such as Bach's St John Passion or Mozart's Requiem, as well as songs from the shows, partsongs, madrigals and folksongs.’

Category Community Choirs
+ Fletching Singers
Visits to the Website40
Views of The ‘Full’ Record102

‘Brighton's very own mandolin orchestra ... Originally playing pieces typical of mandolin orchestras from the beginning of the twentieth century, the Fretful Federation has always been expanding and developing its repertoire. We now play a wide range of material including exciting contemporary music by living composers, as well as classical and popular pieces and concertos ... The music is written in part form for mandolins, mandolas, mandocellos, mandobass, percussion and guitars. We welcome new recruits playing any of these instruments or their relative bowed cousins -- the violin family -- from beginners to advanced players. We perform concerts all over Sussex and have toured abroad.’

Category Guitar Ensembles
+ Fretful Federation
Visits to the Website44
Views of The ‘Full’ Record110

'Glyndebourne is an opera house in the Sussex countryside. It is home to: The annual Glyndebourne Festival; Glyndebourne Tour; A widely respected education programme; A library of audio-visual recordings of Festival productions, many now available on CD and DVD.'

Category Opera Companies
+ Glyndebourne
Visits to the Website151
Views of The ‘Full’ Record227

‘A large, exciting and progressive subscription choir singing a repertoire from Bach to the Beatles and beyond ... We perform at least four concerts a year, in November, at Christmas, in March/April and in late June/July, usually in Hailsham or Eastbourne. We regularly perform with professional soloists and at least one concert a year includes an orchestra ... Our programme is mainly drawn from the classical repertoire, although we also perform lighter music like Christmas Carols and songs from musicals.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Hailsham Choral Society
Visits to the Website120
Views of The ‘Full’ Record204
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‘An active, modern, brass band based in Hangleton, on the outskirts of the city of Brighton and Hove, in Sussex, England. We have both an active Senior and Youth Band and take our membership from a wide cross section of the local community. There are currently around 80 members, some of whom play in both bands, with a group of young learners constantly feeding into the Youth Band, which alone has 50 members. We are the only brass band in the area with charitable status and operate as a single entity with all proceeds from fundraising, concerts and subscriptions being spent on the band, rather than being targeted at any individuals or sections. We have a large repertoire of music with anything from Mozart to Miller to Mercury! ... We play a range of concerts over the year for our own stalwart supporters, and for different audiences in the immediate locality and around the county.’ ALERT Linked to Facebook Page at Review after finding could not access the Band’s Website.

+ Hangleton Brass Band
Visits to the Website164
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'Hastings Philharmonic is the artistic body that brings together the Hastings Philharmonic Orchestra (first fully professional orchestra in Hastings since the 40's), Hastings Philharmonic Choir and Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir ... We are offering our growing and very loyal audience a much bigger selection of concerts including choral symphonic music, choral a cappella music, purely symphonic music, opera, chamber music, our traditional Christmas carols concert ...'

+ Hastings Philharmonic
Visits to the Website158
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'Group of local professional and talented amateur musicians that pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming orchestra .... We perform music that is popular and easy to listen to, often playing many shorter pieces. We include old classics, popular works, film music, opera highlights and new melodic works by living composers; our concerts are therefore ideal for people new to classical music as well as serious music lovers.'

+ Hastings Sinfonia
Visits to the Website145
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‘Formed in the heady days of 1945, when people were beginning to return to their daily lives, although their lives had changed for ever ... The first work to be performed was Mendelssohn's "Hymn of Praise", which was thought to be particularly appropriate "owing to the cessation of hostilities". The ticket prices were 5/-, 3/6 and 2/- and a collection was also made for the restoration of Coventry Cathedral ... We have two singing seasons in the year: January to June/July; September to December ... A workshop, on a work we are planning to perform, is usually held in the Spring and is open to non-members. We usually give a concert at the end of each season but often do other performances as well.‘

Category Choral Societies
+ Heathfield Choral Society
Visits to the Website38
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‘We are a friendly band that supports local & regional events. Established in 1888 we have our own bandroom where we practise ... The band performs at many engagements each year to raise the funds needed to enable the band to continue its commitment to offer free tuition to anyone wishing to learn, regardless of means or ability. The band is a very friendly and relaxed band with members between the ages of eight and their eighties! We have a training band that allows new members to improve their playing abilities to a point where they are confident to join the main band.’

+ Heathfield Silver Band
Visits to the Website48
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‘We have around 50 members from across East and West Sussex, attracted by the band’s friendly atmosphere and high standard of music. As well as the main band, we have an training band of young learners who are preparing to move into the main band. We have a large and varied repertoire. At our concerts, you will hear traditional marches, music from film and stage, virtuoso solo items and the best from the modern brass repertoire  ... LGB Brass regularly takes part in competitions.‘

+ Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band
Visits to the Website49
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Concerts and Recitals Season‘We regularly play all kinds of events; concerts, outdoor events, private parties and weddings.‘

‘We have been bringing high quality musical theatre to Lewes since 1911. Staging our productions involves a lot of hard work for a cast and crew of about 80. In fact, LOS is made up of about 200 members of all ages and from all walks of life. We stage two productions each year, usually at Lewes Town Hall ... The Society often puts on concerts and performs at functions too.’

+ LOS Musical Theatre
Visits to the Website62
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'Our community gospel choir opened its doors in 2008 and has showcased the singing talents of children, teenagers and adults from Shoreham and the surrounding areas. We always welcome new members of all ages and abilities. We are a fun, friendly and inclusive choir who enjoy performing a wide range of songs arranged in a contemporary gospel style.'

Category Gospel Choirs
+ Messengers UK Gospel Choir
Visits to the Website146
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‘A Lewes-based chamber orchestra of professional musicians dedicated to the presentation of both new and unusual works together with a standard repertoire of better-known pieces ... Our annual seasons of six concerts are themed either around individual composers ... or on specific regions ... In addition we present two candlelit concerts in Old Hamsey Church on the second and third Sundays in June. We have commissioned new works from composers including Doina Rotaru, Dudley Hyams, Peta Crompton, Michael Finnissy and Peter Copley. The mixture of work we handle makes us unique in the South East of England and in recognition of our innovative approach to programming, the Musicians received a special award from the Performing Rights Society.’

+ Musicians of All Saints
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Also indexedHamsey Festival
Views of The ‘Full’ Record106
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‘Founded in 1978, NSO is presenting a wide range of opera, including lesser-known works. Our performances involve professional and amateur singers and musicians. We also run educational projects in order to develop and sustain interest in opera ... The core of New Sussex Opera is the NSO Chorus. We warmly invite amateur and local singers to come and be part of this dynamic group – no previous operatic experience necessary! The focus of the NSO Chorus’ activity is performing in NSO’s productions: staged performances of opera and operetta, operas in concert, and concerts of operatic highlights.‘

Category Lewes
+ New Sussex Opera
Visits to the Website20
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Concerts and Recitals SeasonSeries of performances around and about Lewes.
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‘Formed in 2002 from the uniting of two choirs, Cantamus and Heritage Singers ... Our concert season runs from early September through to early June, with breaks for Christmas and Easter. We perform two concerts a year of sacred and secular choral music with an orchestra and excellent professional soloists ... We are a happy, friendly group where everyone is valued. Our rehearsals are fun, upbeat and productive and allow us to do something we love while also creating something really positive together – definitely good for body and soul.’

Category Choral Societies
+ Phoenix Choir Eastbourne
Visits to the Website76
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'Brighton & Hove’s only non-audition LGBT choir, and the only one in the South outside of London.'

Category LGBT Choirs
+ Rainbow Chorus
Visits to the Website119
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‘We sing throughout the county to entertain and support fund-raising for a wide range of good causes from church organ funds to overseas humanitarian charities. Our repertoire spans the centuries and includes madrigals, motets, folk songs, chant and plainsong. Most of our singing is unaccompanied full harmony but we do include accompanied items from time to time.’

+ Renaissance Singers of Eastbourne
Visits to the Website65
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Resound Male Voices is a small ensemble based in Brighton & Hove. We perform a diverse repertoire whilst growing vocally as individuals and as a group ... If you are a great singer and would like to join us, get in touch, come along and meet the crew and set up an audition with our MD. We're going to stay small, but we are very keen to meet other singers who want to perform great songs with great passion.‘

+ Resound Male Voices
Visits to the Website21
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‘Founded in 1996 as a community band. We play Brazilian carnival rhythms with a Hastings twist! ... We perform regularly throughout the year and take part in some great events ... There are no auditions and no previous musical experience is required. All are welcome, although children under fourteen must be accompanied by an adult. All instruments are provided. Come along and try it – you have nothing to lose!‘

+ Sambalanco
Visits to the Website63
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‘The Society was established in 1917 and has flourished since then, albeit in various guises, and now has about 80 members. Our repertoire includes Masses by Mozart, Haydn and Brahms as well as more modern composers such as Rutter and Finzi. We have also sung some exciting non-sacred works. We give two performances a year, Spring and Winter, as well as an “Almost Instant” concert every Good Friday, when we invite any who wish to join us for a performance of a popular sacred work in aid of a charity nominated by the vicar and officials of St Leonard’s.'

Category Choral Societies
+ Seaford Choral Society
Visits to the Website162
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‘Welcome to the Barn Theatre, Seaford, the home of the award winning Seaford Musical Theatre and Seaford Musical Theatre Juniors. We stage three adult shows and two Junior shows each year. New members are always welcome and there are many opportunities to perform on stage or help out behind the scenes ... Furthermore the Barn is available to anyone from the entertainment, educational or corporate worlds who would like to hire our fully operational and functional theatre for their events.’

+ Seaford Musical Theatre
Visits to the Website118
Also indexedBarn Theatre, Seaford
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‘Originally the Seaford British Legion Band the band's history dates back to 1922 ... We play for a variety of concerts and events across the county ... The band will often play for a fee although the members themselves receive no payment. Many engagements are to support and raise money for other local charities ... It you have ever played a brass instrument and want to take it up again or if you have never played but want to learn, please get in touch via our website!’

+ Seaford Silver Band
Visits to the Website70
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‘The unique Brighton and Hove Senior Samba Band ... Over 50? That’s the only qualification you need to join the band at our daytime rehearsals in Brighton. No musical experience is required but we guarantee you’ll have a good time ... Based in the heart of Kemptown Silver Sounds is a community based band that have entertained and actively involved audiences of all ages for over 15 years.’

+ Silver Sounds
Visits to the Website85
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Formed 1988: ‘The orchestra is made up of instrumental teachers, semi-professionals and talented local musicians in the East Sussex area (and beyond), playing a wide variety of both symphonic and chamber music. There are usually four concerts per year - two full-scale orchestra concerts and two smaller ensemble performances. The venues are split between Bexhill-on-Sea and Hastings’.

+ Sussex Concert Orchestra
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'Founded in 1992 to research, reconstruct and perform the little known music of the English Church and Independent Chapel from 1700 to 1850, and its derivatives from New England and the Southern States - a tradition that continues with new music to the present day ... The quire's membership is drawn from people of all ages with a variety of interests and consists of an enthusiastic band of amateur singers and instrumentalists. Weekly practices are held on Thursdays in Lewes and new members are always welcome. Our current membership is around 20 and we have a bassoon, oboe, clarinet and recorder, with occasional flute and violin. We are of all – or no – religious persuasions. Though we tend to practice and perform in churches and chapels we have also performed in venues ranging from theatres to breweries!'

+ Sussex Harmony
Visits to the Website114
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‘Choir comprising approx.100 members ... Professional soloists and instrumentalists are regularly engaged. The choir ... has performed extensively both in the United Kingdom and abroad ... Throughout the year choir members regularly present and participate in numerous concerts and functions in a variety of traditional and innovative venues.’

+ Sussex Voiceworks
Visits to the Website49
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Warbleton Brass Band has evolved into a modern forward thinking brass band, attracting members from all ages and abilities, but still ensuring they keep some of that wonderful traditional feel with smart uniform, regular events and of course supporting the local community. Even if you have little or no experience of playing a brass instrument, you are welcome to join our successful training band where instruments and tuition are provided for free. All we ask in return is a bit of home practice and the desire to eventually be part of the main band. We are always looking for new players to join us and become part of the Band’s bright future.‘

+ Warbleton Brass Band
Visits to the Website46
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Come and enjoy our music concert series held within the hall chamber of our 15th Century Medieval Wealden Hall House.’

@ Bridge Cottage Uckfield
Visits to the Website130
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‘Each year, we present and produce over 600 events spanning music, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, spoken word, visual arts, film, digital and more. In addition to the year-round programme, each May we produce England's leading and most-progressive mixed-arts celebration, the internationally-acclaimed Brighton Festival. With a rich history spanning over 200 years (starting life as the Prince Regent's stables and riding house), Brighton Dome provides an extraordinary space in which to bring the arts alive.’

@ Brighton Dome
Visits to the Website28
Views of The ‘Full’ Record35
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Friday Lunchtime Concerts ‘The concerts are diverse, mostly classically, but also jazz and folk. The performers are very talented and, most importantly, enjoy what they do; they engage with the audience and always aim to make their concerts a special event for everyone. It is a great way to spend a Friday lunchtime - among friendly people, enjoying lovely music. Do come along and see for yourself.’ Occasional other concerts and recitals.

@ Brighton Unitarian Church
Visits to the Website7
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'Concerts have been held at the Chapel Royal since 1993 with the support of the Parochial Church Council. A committed group of musicians continue to provide a programme of live recitals, mainly from the western classical repertoire but with occasional jazz and modern classical performances.'

Category Chapels
@ Chapel Royal Brighton
Visits to the Website191
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‘The Busiest Bandstand in the UK offering a variety of live musical entertainment with over 140 events each year ... The current bandstand was built in 1935, with its unique semi-circular design and blue domed roof; there is no other like it in the United Kingdom. It has a main arena, middle and upper balconies and seats for 1,400.’

@ Eastbourne Bandstand
Visits to the Website65
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‘The venue for a series of lunchtime concerts which take place from February through to November ... The concerts have proved to be highly successful, with attendance being between sixty and one hundred and twenty each month. The concerts remain free and are self supported by the donations given after each concert by our generous audience, to whom we are deeply grateful. We look forward to welcoming you to our 900 year old Church to enjoy listening to some wonderful music given by great musicians in a beautiful setting.’

Category Churches
@ St Leonard's Seaford
Visits to the Website152
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‘Beyond the Sunday liturgy we offer several concerts throughout the year. Through the summer we have monthly lunchtime concerts with local performers offering all kinds of high quality performances. The church has a very fine organ, which sounds truly magnificent and we frequently welcome some of the country’s leading recitalists who thrill us with some breathtaking playing skills. The church is also very much in demand by local choirs, choral societies and orchestras as a concert venue. Apart from being an impressive and very beautiful building, it has a fabulous acoustic and really lends itself to some of the larger scale works.'

Category Churches
@ St Saviour's Eastbourne
Visits to the Website153
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‘Here you can find a comprehensive list of concerts in Sussex, performed by a wide variety of musical groups. Some of the concerts are organised by music clubs and other promoters, and they are marked as such in the concerts list. This Site also has a growing database of concert venues, with location information and links to venue websites.’

~ Sussex Concerts
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