Classical Music

Jacquin Trio

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Brighton

Sunday November 18, 11am

Tickets £18.50/concs £16

With a clutch of international awards to its name and several works written for it by leading composers, the Jacquin Trio is rapidly establishing itself at the forefront of young ensembles to note. Its versatility is perfectly demonstrated in a concert that places works by the British composer Charlotte Bray alongside contrasting pieces by Mozart, Schumann, Stravinsky and Bartók, and brings the trio repertory right up to date with the world premiere of a new work by Colin Matthews.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


Chichester Psalms

Chichester Cathedral, Chichester

Saturday November 24, 7.30pm

Tickets £15-£36

As part of the Bernstein In Chichester Festival marking the centenary of the birth of the West Side Story composer Leonard Bernstein, the major highlight of the worldwide Bernstein centenary celebrations is this performance of his composition the Chichester Psalms by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (pictured below) in the cathedral for which it was commissioned. Featuring mezzo soprano Michelle de Young and the choirs of Chichester, Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals, it is conducted by Marin Alsop (pictured above), who was taught and mentored by Bernstein. She says, “My schedule this season is filled with performing Lenny’s works across the globe, but conducting the Psalms here in Chichester will be a very special occasion and a real highlight for me. It is the perfect tribute to Bernstein. This brilliant and very personal piece embodies Bernstein’s faith in humanity, innocence and youth. I know the organisers have worked hard to build a community-like celebration of events, which Bernstein would have loved – tracing his legacy through education, community and discourse. No other city could possibly match what you’re doing this year.” The full concert programme is Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No 1: Jeremiah with Michelle de Young; J S Bach Motets with A cappella choirs; and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. Picture of Marin Alsop: Grant Leighton. Picture below by permission of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

Read our feature on the Bernstein In Chichester Festival.

Phone 01202 669925, email boxoffice@bsorchestra.co.uk or visit bsolive.com.


Horsham Symphony Orchestra

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Saturday November 24, 7.30pm

Tickets £14

Horsham Symphony Orchestra opens its 2018-2019 concert season with a feast of orchestral repertoire. The concert opens with a world premiere from music scholar and former HSO violinist, Dawn Richards. Pianist, Julian Trevelyan performs Prokofiev’s Fifth Piano Concerto. The concert concludes with one of the most exciting and well-loved orchestral works: Holst’s The Planets.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit thecapitolhorsham.com.


London Philharmonic Orchestra: The Lark Ascending

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Saturday November 24, 7.30pm

Tickets £10-£32.50

When Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote his Tallis Fantasia, he imagined a great cathedral beginning to echo and resound with the voices of centuries. The Lark Ascending, meanwhile, soars high above an idyllic English landscape. This is music that speaks to both heart and soul, and it’s no wonder both pieces are so widely loved. So as a contrast, the young British conductor Graham Ross has chosen two masterpieces that simply crackle with energy: Beethoven’s roller-coaster ride of a Fourth Symphony, and Mendelssohn’s glittering, gloriously tuneful Violin Concerto, played tonight by Carolin Widmann, a soloist for whom every performance is an adventure.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


WPO Winter Concert

Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing

Sunday November 25, 3pm

Tickets from £9

Worthing Philharmonic Orchestra perform Wagner’s Prelude to Act III of ‘Lohengrin’, Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on themes of Weber, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, with WPO president Alissa Firsova, and Saint-Saëns’s Symphony No. 3 in C minor (Organ Symphony).

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


Messiah – Worthing Choral Society

Assembly Hall, Stoke Abbott Road, Worthing

Saturday December 1, 7.30pm

Tickets from £12

This exciting rendition of this popular work comes from Worthing Choral Society and the Sinfonia of Arun, led by Robin Morrish and conducted by Aedan Kerney MBE.

Phone 01903 206206 or visit worthingtheatres.co.uk.


Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Brighton Dome, Church Street, Brighton

Sunday December 2, 2.45pm

Tickets £12.50-£39.50/u18s and students half price

The conductor Ben Gernon and the violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen explore works of irresistible zest and wit by two musical titans. First, Mozart’s Symphony No 35 is full of energy and invention, while his Fifth Violin Concerto is spirited and serene by turns, with a lightness of touch that verges on the mischievous. Then the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra scales the peaks of Beethoven’s romping Seventh Symphony, which surges to one of the most thrilling endings in all music.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


Mark Bebbington Piano Recital

Studio, The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Sunday December 2, 3pm

Tickets £18/child £5

Pianist Mark Bebbington contrasts the sublimely beautiful final Piano Sonata of Schubert with Liszt’s dazzlingly virtuosic Opera Paraphrases: a real treat for lovers of great piano music.

Phone 01293 553636 or visit parkwoodtheatres.co.uk.


Magnard Ensemble

Assembly Room, North Street, Chichester

Thursday December 6, 7.30pm

Tickets £17, available from August 13

In this Chichester Chamber Concerts event featuring the Magnard Ensemble, the programme includes Ligeti’s Sechs Bagatellen (died 2006),  Bach’s (arr. Shiner) Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor,  Woolrich’s Book of Studies Set 1 (living), Haydn’s Divertimento in Bb major Hob.II:46, Nielsen’s Wind Quintet, op.43 (died 1931, out of copyright) and Patterson’s Westerly Winds (living).

Phone 01243 781312 or visit cft.org.uk or chichesterchamberconcerts.com.


Philip Higham

Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts, University of Sussex, Brighton

Sunday December 9, 11am

Tickets £18.50/concs £16

Philip Higham is a major interpreter of the music of Bach: in 2008, he became the first British cellist to win the prestigious International Bach Competition in Leipzig, and last year he won acclaim for his performance of all six of Bach’s immortal Cello Suites at the Wigmore Hall, London. In this exquisite programme, he performs three of the suites alongside Ricercare by Gabrielli which, as the first works published for solo cello, surely inspired Bach.

Phone 01273 709709 or visit brightondome.org.


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