First concert for The Baroque Collective Singers in Lewes

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The Baroque Collective Singers will perform their inaugural concert at St John sub Castro Church in Lewes on Sunday (December 15, 6pm).

Founded by conductor John Hancorn, members are drawn from the best choirs in the area. Violinist Alison Bury will be familiar to many Lewes residents. Arguably one of the finest baroque violinists in the world she is a founder member and co-leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, who perform magnificently at Glyndebourne each summer.

The repertoire is seasonal and varied, continuing the Britten theme in his 100th anniversary year with performances of his Ceremony of Carols for choir and harp by candlelight and the unaccompanied Hymn to a Virgin. Poulenc’s anniversary – 50 years since his death in 1963 – has been rather eclipsed by Britten but his O Magnum Mysterium is three minutes of choral gloriousness.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served. Tickets are £10 (under 16s free) available from Lewes Tourist Information Centre or on the door.