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Fallen Friends

A world-class winter song recital for Lewes Festival of Song.

Joseph Middleton performs at The Lewes Festival of Song

 Joseph Middleton 

James Newby performs at The Lewes Festival of Song

 James Newby 

Baritone James Newby, current BBC New Generation Artist and recipient of Glyndebourne’s prestigious John Christie Award, released his debut solo CD  ‘I wonder as I wander’ in duo with Joseph Middleton last year, to world-wide acclaim.


In February 2022 he performs Die Schöne Müllerin at the Wigmore Hall…. and in January, at his suggestion, he is coming to St. Anne’s to preview his second CD ‘Fallen Friends’


Joseph Middleton was described as ‘the cream of his generation’ by the Times, and ‘a perfect accompanist’ . He is Director of Leeds Lieder, a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and Musician in Residence at Pembroke College, Cambridge where he curates his own song recital series.

‘Fallen Friends’ is a compilation of English songs reflecting on war and loss, and includes Gurney, Finzi, Somervell, Vaughan Williams and Ireland.

Sunday 16th January at 3pm

St Anne's Church

High Street, Lewes

This is an afternoon recital with tea and cakes in the interval

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Lewes Festival of Song


Patron: Mark Padmore
Welcome to our song festival, a celebration of art-song which takes place in St. Anne’s Church in Lewes every July.

Well done on putting on yet another truly fantastic festival, beautifully planned and full of very special moments.


Gorgeous programming, as usual - thought-provoking, mind-expanding, lovely! 


The programming & the performances are very special.


The best ever song festival – so many talents and so much inspiring music on display. It was all world class, but if I had to choose a favourite from the whole thing it would be my personal love of the emotional Finzi settings of Hardy in James Newby’s wonderfully varied and insightful evening – what a talent! Or Alison Rose’s “Illuminations” – another favourite piece but in a spectacular performance with the Corelli – and wasn’t the tenor good!  You should be very proud and pleased to bring all this to Lewes.


What a treat yesterday’s lunchtime concert was.  I can’t thank you enough.  Fabulous repertoire – most of which I didn’t know – beautifully played and sung.  


What a huge success I thought the Festival was. Really interesting programmes and such well-chosen, brilliant young players. It was all delightful and last night’s ‘Illuminations’ was absolutely electrifying.