Classical Music

Shipley Arts Festival: John Snelling Concert

Warnham Park,  Horsham

Saturday June 2, 7.30pm

Tickets £35, includes wine and canapés

As part of the Shipley Arts Festival, this evening celebrates nine special places with pieces of music and words chosen by Shipley Arts Festival Life Friend John Snelling and performed by Bernardi Music Group. They are Glyndebourne with Mozart’s Piano Concerto no12, Fairfield Hall in Croydon with ‘Chacony’ in G minor by Purcell/Britten, Covent Garden with ‘Pulcinella Suite’ by Stravinsky, The Dome in Brighton with Liszt’s ‘Liebestraum’, New York with Elgar’s ‘Salut d’Amour’, Venice with Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber’s ‘Adagio’ and Vivaldi’s movement from ‘The Four Seasons’, Vienna with a short piece by Fritz Kreisler, and Chichester with a song from West Side Story by Bernstein.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

Shipley Arts Festival: Shipley & Steyning Festivals Classical Choral Concert

Steyning Parish Church, Steyning

Sunday June 3, 7pm

Tickets £21.50

The Royal Holloway Choir, conducted by their Director of Music Rupert Gough, with Bernardi Music Group and composer-conductor Malcolm Singer perform this concert. On the programme are Flute and Harp Concerto by Mozart with Bruce Martin (flute) and Cecily Beer (harp), Malcolm Singer: World Premiere, a 2018 Shipley Arts Festival commission sponsored by Life Friend John Snelling, Requiem movement with Fiona Howe, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea

Thursday June 7, 7.30pm

Tickets £18, £26 and £33

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is performing its new concert Colourful Classics, which opens with Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture, conjuring the sights and sounds of Scottish scenery. The programme also includes Elgar’s Elegy for strings, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Beethoven’s stirring Symphony No.7. The conductor is Brian Wright, with Benjamin Baker on violin.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

Shipley Arts Festival: Bruce Martin & The Bernardi Music Group

The Blue Idol, Coolham

Friday June 8, 7.30pm

Tickets £27.50

The Bernardi Music Group, with soloist Bruce Martin playing the flute, performs a programme that celebrates early Quaker William Penn, his legacy and Quaker life in 2018, 300 years since his death. The programme includes Gluck’s Concerto for Flute and Strings, Cecilia McDowall: ‘Descending Blue’ (a 2008 Shipley Arts Festival commission), and Bach’s Trio Sonatas for flute, violin and cello.

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Shipley Arts Festival: Nyetimber Vineyard

Nyetimber Vineyard, Gay Street, Pulborough

Saturday June 9, 7.30pm

Tickets £36.50, including canapés and Nyetimber wine

Bernardi Music Group perform during a quintessentially English evening, celebrating world-class classical music and England’s finest sparkling wine in Nyetimber’s White Barn. It’s a chance to enjoy a glass of Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvee MV on arrival and their Rose MV, listen to this nine-piece ensemble and hear the renowned Stradivarius violin.

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WPO: Summer Concert

Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing

Sunday June 10, 7.30pm

Tickets £13/u16s and students £3

On the programme of this concert by Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra are Rozsa: Overture to a Symphony Concert, Nielsen: Flute Concerto (Sarah Bennett, flute), Britten: Symphonic Suite from ‘Gloriana’ and Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3 (‘Polish’).

Phone 01903 206206 or visit

Shipley Arts Festival: A Concert for Winston’s Wish

Boxgrove Priory, Church Lane, Boxgrove, Chichester

Friday June 15, 7pm

Tickets £41.50, including a glass of Nyetimber wine on arrival

The newly formed professional choir OctaVox, directed by Andrew Cleary, with the Bernardi Music Group and the world’s leading baroque trumpeter Crispian Steele Perkins perform this concert in aid of Winston’s Wish. On the programme will  Monteverdi’s ‘Beatus Vir’, Handel’s Cuckoo and Nightingale Concerto for organ, Albinoni’s ‘Adagio’, and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no.4 and Brandenburg Concerto no.2. Rev Rupert Toovey will hold an interval auction.

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Shipley Arts Festival: The Wilding Concert

Knepp Castle, West Grinstead

Sunday June 17, 5pm

Tickets £41.50

This concert at Knepp Castle, the home of the rewilding project, features a programme of classical pieces. They include Roderick Williams: A Piano Trio inspired by the Knepp Turtle Doves (a 2018 Shipley Arts Festival commission sponsored by Life Friend John Snelling), Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze and Mussorgsky’s Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks from Pictures at an Exhibition.

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Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival

Various venues in Peasmarsh and Rye

Thursday-Sunday June 21-24

Tickets: bookings open in March

The Peasmarsh Chamber Music Festival aims to bring world-class musicians to this part of East Sussex, staging nine concerts featuring internationally renowned artists over four days. Venues include the Grade 1 listed The Church of St Peter and St Paul in Church Lane, Peasmarsh, and the 12th-century St Mary’s Church in Church Square, Rye. The festival programme is announced in the spring. Pictured: festival co-director Anthony Marwood, who will also be performing/picture: Pia Johnson.

Phone 01797 253178, email or visit

Shipley Arts Festival: Joe Townsend Band & Bernardi Music Group

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Friday June 22, 7.30pm

Tickets  £36.50

From the Joe Townsend Band and the Bernardi Music Group comes a programme of jazz violin from Bach through Bartok to Django Reinhardt.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

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