Music Events

The Glenn Miller Orchestra

Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton

Sunday July 22, 3pm

Tickets £22.90-£29.40

Directed by Ray McVay and featuring The Swing Time Jivers and The Polka Dot Dolls, the orchestra gives a ‘feel for the forties’ with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders and the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter. Songs include In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, American Patrol, Little Brown Jug, Tuxedo Junction and Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Phone 0844 871 7650 or visit

Levellers Acoustic

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

Sunday July 22, 7pm

Tickets £25

Brighton folk-punk band Levellers are celebrating their 30th anniversary by touring over the summer around the release of an acoustic album recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary producer John Leckie. Picture: Steve Gullick.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

Carpenters Gold

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Sunday July 22, 8pm

Tickets £25/concs £1 off/Friends £2.50 off

West End star and director Vikki Holland-Bowyer emulates Karen Carpenter’s legendary rich contralto as Greg Stevenson recreates Richard’s sublime piano playing supported by a band oozing Seventies glitz as they perform hits including Close to You, Top of the World, We’ve Only Just Begun, Goodbye to Love, Please Mr Postman, For All We Know and Only Yesterday.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit

The Speakeasy Revival Orchestra

The Capitol Horsham, North Street, Horsham

Monday July 23, 7.45pm

Tickets £10

This seven-piece local ensemble perform jazz filled with energy, flair and an extra comedy twist. These experienced professional musicians play swing, jazz, and contemporary music, along with original tunes, all in their own inimitable jazz style. Caution: the performance may include hats, puppets, barbershop singing, and loud bangs along with some great jazz, fantastic arrangements and superb musicianship.

Phone 01403 750220 or visit

South Downs Summer Music International Festival


St Andrew’s Church, The Tye, Alfriston, and Lullington Church, Lullington

Tuesday-Sunday July 24-29

Tickets from £15

Poldark star Jack Farthing (pictured above, left), who plays the captain’s rival George Warleggan in the BBC series, appears in a night of music and poetry as part of this five-day festival. He appears with the tenor Nicky Spence (pictured above, right), chamber musician and pianist Jeremy Young and the Benyounes Quartet (pictured below, right), who recently released their debut recording, Mozart Piano Concertos with Jeremy Young, and are part of a collaborative recording of the complete works for string quartet by Mendelssohn, released by Champs Hill. Other artists appearing at the festival include composer and jazz pianist Kit Downes (pictured below, left), cellist Philip Higham, flautist Jonathan Rimmer, who will perform with the Alfriston Ensemble, pianist Gen Li, the Aronowitz Ensemble, cellist Kim Vaughan, Scottish oboist Frazer Kelman and London-based vocalist, violinist, songwriter and composer Alice Zawadzki. The Benyounes Quartet have just become artistic directors of South Downs Summer Music, previously known as Alfriston Summer Music, which was founded a decade ago by Daniel Bhattacharya and Jeremy Young. The festival’s aim is to continue to bring world-class artists and promising young talent to its audience and provide insight and education in the science of music. Previous performers at the festival have included Dame Felicity Lott, Katherine Stott, Julian Bliss, Karine Georgian, Li Wei Qin, Jennifer Pike, Benyounes and Heath String Quartets, and in recent years has branched out into poetry and music events, inviting Sir Andrew Motion, Michael Pennington, and Prunella Scales and Timothy West. Picture of Jack Farthing: Wolf Marloh. Picture of Nicky Spence: David Bebber. 

Read our feature on the festival.



Graham Nash

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

Tuesday July 24, 7pm

Tickets £39.50 and £45

In an intimate evening of song and stories, the legendary Graham Nash, of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills and Nash, will perform from the litany of songs he has written and introduced to the soundtrack over the past 50 years. His body of work includes Stop Stop Stop, Pay You Back With Interest, On A Carousel, Carrie Anne, King Midas In Reverse, and Jennifer Eccles with The Hollies, and Marrakesh Express, Pre-Road Downs (written for then-girlfriend Joni Mitchell), Lady Of the Island from the first Crosby, Stills and Nash LP in 1969, Teach Your Children and Our House with Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Phone 01424 229111 or visit

60 Minutes of Classical Music: The Bersted Community Choir

Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Tuesday July 24, 7.45pm

Tickets £6.50/concs £5.50

The Bersted Community Choir make their debut performance at the Alexandra Theatre with an evening of music featuring well-known songs from classical to pop. There will also be an appearance by special guest vocalists The Bersted Boys.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit

The Drifters

The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley

Thursday July 26, 7.30pm

Tickets £29.50

American doo-wop and R&B soul vocal group The Drifters, which formed back in 1953 as a backing group, perform their hits from the past six decades, including You’re More Than A Number, Come on Over to My Place, Up On The Roof, Under the Boardwalk, Kissin’ In The Back Row, On Broadway, Down On The Beach, Hello Happiness and Save The Last Dance For Me. Over the years, there have been more than 65 vocalists with The Drifters and in this tour pay homage to former members including Clyde McPhatter, Rudy Lewis, Ben E King and Johnny Moore. 

Phone 01293 553636 or visit

The Take That Experience

Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre, Belmont Street, Bognor Regis

Thursday July 26, 7.30pm

Tickets £22.50

Relight your fire and prepare to hear the hits of the most successful boy band. Take That Experience show Relight The Fire features five guys complete with a on-stage chemistry, full replica costumes and a performance that includes Take That favourites Back For Good, Relight My Fire, Could It Be Magic, Patience, Shine, Rule The World, Up All Night, Greatest Day and The Flood.

Phone 01243 861010 or visit

Soul Legends

White Rock Theatre, White Rock, Hastings

Friday July 27, 7.30pm

Tickets £24.50/Friends and groups £3.50 off

The smash-hit spectacular Soul Legends brings to life the hits of Barry White, George Benson, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Wilson Pickett, Chaka Khan, Earth Wind & Fire and more in “soulsational” style. The hits include Respect, Ain’t Nobody, Knock On Wood, Midnight Hour, River Deep Mountain High, Ain’t No Stopping Us Now, Beat It, Three Times a Lady, Get Down On It and more.

Phone 01424 462288 or visit

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