Concerts and Recitals

Eastbourne Festival 2014


Saturday 26 April at 3.00 p.m.
Early Organ Music from England to Italy
Victor Potter, Director of Music at St Mary’s, plays early organ music as part of the Royal College of Organists International Recital Challenge in celebration of its 150th anniversary; including music by Scarlatti, Clérambault, Russell and Purcell.
Tickets £5 (£3) available on the door.

Saturday 3 May at 7.30 p.m.
The Italian Connection : Songs of the real and imagined Italy
Music by Cipriano, Palestrina, Carissimi and Pistocchi, Italian - inspired compositions of Lanier and Purcell, and Shakespeare settings by Robert Johnson and Maurice Greene.
Alessandra Testai soprano
Robin Jeffrey lute, archlute, Baroque guitar
Tickets £8 (£6) available at
or £10 (£8)on the door.
Interval Refreshments.

Friday 9 May at 7.30 p.m.
‘This Merry Month of May’
'Lux Aeterna', Eastbourne’s Early Music Chamber Choir presents a programme of secular and sacred music from the 16th and 17th centuries including madrigals and chansons by Farnaby, Dowland, Arcadelt and chant and sacred music by and others.
Tickets £8 (£6) available at or on the door. Interval Refreshments.

Other Festival Events at St Mary’s

Thursday 22 April at 1.00 p.m.
‘Outside the Harpbox of Tunes’
Well known local professional harpist, Fiona Hosford, plays appealing classical and popular works from her very wide repertoire. Retiring collection.

Wednesday 24 April at 1.00 p.m.
The Gibbs Family Trio
Fiona and Iain Gibbs, Violin and Mark Gibbs, Viola, all of whom grew up in the Old Town, return to St Mary’s to play music by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvorak. Retiring Collection.

Saturday 26 April 12.00 – 2.00 p.m.
Open Tower
Visit our belfry and see our bells dating from 1818.The tower will also be open on Festival Tuesdays from 7.30 to 8.00 p.m.

Tuesday 29 April at 1.00 p.m.
Seaside Harmonies
Eastbourne’s Daytime Community Choir Based at Age Concern (Eastbourne), sing an informal selection of light music, Including folk songs, spirituals and popular songs for your delight. Retiring collection.

Friday 2 May at 2.30 p.m. – Guided Tour of the Church.
Come and hear about the history of St Mary’s and see the impressive features of this wonderful Grade 1 Listed Building. Retiring Collection

Saturday 3 May 12.00 – 5.00 p.m.
HOT Spring Fair
Come an enjoy an afternoon at the Historic Old Town Society ‘HOT Spring Fair in the Courtyard, Well Garden and Churchyard. Including stalls, side shows, music, dance groups, juggler etc. £1 Adults, Children under 16 free.

Unless otherwise stated there will be a Retiring Collection at each concert for the benefit of St Mary’s and its music. Otherwise, tickets are available as stated.
Lunchtime Concerts last approximately an hour, evening concerts approximately
one hour forty five minutes including a short interval.
Disabled access is available to the church via the North door


Details of other forthcoming events will be posted
as they occur.

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