Play your part in top notch opera in Lewes

Lewes news
Lewes news

Lewes-based New Sussex Opera has announced its autumn show will be a staging of Weber’s fantastic fairy opera Oberon.

And they’re keen to hear from any budding opera singers who’d like to join the chorus.

Ability to read music is helpful but not essential, and you’ll be guided through the music and acting by expert conductor Nick Jenkins and director Max Key. They would also welcome any who would like to help with any aspects of work backstage.

Last year’s production was a star-studded version of Chabrier’s comic operetta Lucky Star, and received a four-star rating in the Daily Telegraph.

This time the company is again being joined by professional principals and a professional orchestra from London, but as ever the chorus is amateur. The three performances are in November in Lewes, Eastbourne and London.

The first couple of rehearsals are on Wednesday, July 23, at 7.30pm and Sunday, July 27, at 2.30pm, and anyone is welcome to join and try it out - no commitment necessary.

Both are at St Michael’s Church, Lewes. New Sussex Opera then breaks for August and resume in September, rehearsing on Sunday afternoons and some weekday evenings.

For further information see; for enquiries telephone 01273 475381.

Meanwhile, there’s ‘Folk in the Chapel’ in Lewes today (Friday) from Stuart Coupe and Friends on Tour. They are paying a rare visit to the town to perform a fundraiser for local charity The Oyster Project at Westgate Chapel (7.30pm). Tickets are £5.