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Registered Charity 1185478.

Lewes Town Council supports Lewes Festival of Song 2019



St Anne's Church, Lewes - April 19th at 6pm


A road trip through the land of 20th century classical American song

Copland, Argento, Chanler and Lockhart Manning

            With tenor Paul Austin Kelly and pianist Carol Kelly

Carol writes:
This concert will feature some well-known composers––Aaron Copland certainly, Dominick Argento perhaps–  but we are also excited to be exploring works by composers not as familiar to UK audiences. Theodore Chanler’s song output varies in style from classical to ragtime, and we perform settings of words from Williams Blake and Shakespeare, as well as quirky poetry from Leonard Feeney.


Americans are famous for their admiration of All Things British, and the London Sketches of Kathleen Lockhart Manning are a glimpse into her view of the Thames, Windsor Castle, and the renowned London fog. Light, quaint, too sentimental and saccharine perhaps for our cynical times, these songs are a sweet opener for more weighty themes to follow.


We fervently hope to communicate our enthusiasm for this music, and we look forward to seeing so many of our Lewes friends and neighbours there.

Tickets will be available from March 1st 2020 at Lewes Tourist Information Centre - 01273 483 448

email: lewes.tic@lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk

Lewes Festival of Song

Patron: Mark Padmore
Welcome to our song festival, a celebration of the rich repertoire of classical song, held every summer over a long weekend at St. Anne's Church in Lewes
The Lewes Festival of Song features performers with an international reputation, as well as younger generation musicians and those on the brink of their careers.

Our 2020 summer Festival of Song will be from July 3rd to 5th

Painting by Simon Dale

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.


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