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Chamber Music Festival, June 23 & 24.

LEWES is to have its very first chamber music festival with world-class performers.

It will be held during the weekend of Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24 in churches in and around Lewes.

Ten musicians of international repute will perform in six concerts at three venues over the weekend after a possible last-minute hitch was averted.

Spokesman Michael Marwood said: “The Festival was in jeopardy with faulty electrical wiring revealed at the main venue St John’s sub Castro. Separate power supply is being made available so that the Festival will go ahead as planned.”

Beatrice Philips, festival director, said: “The aim of setting up the festival in Lewes is to bring to the town a full weekend of some of the most exciting music ever written, performed by some of Britain’s finest professional musicians - and to give everybody the chance to hear it!

“It is also exciting to create a community event which brings together local people who have in common a love of great music and of sharing it with as many people as possible. We have made tickets for under-16s free of charge to encourage younger people to share in the experience.”

The opening concert will be held at St John’s Sub Castro at 11am on Saturday 23 June with a programme of Schubert Songs, Beethoven Piano Trio in Eb, Op 1 No 1 and Mozart String Quintet in C, K515. Tickets £12. This will be followed by a concert at 6pm at St Peter’s Church, Firle including Haydn Duo for violin and viola, Dvorak String Quartet in Eb, Op 51 (Dumka) and Dvorak String Quintet in Bb, Op 97 (American). Tickets £14 including cream tea.

The first day ends with a performance of Schubert String Quintet in C, D956 at the Westgate Chapel starting at 9.45 pm. Tickets £10 including a glass of wine.

The second day Sunday, June 24 opens with a coffee concert at Westgate Chapel at 10.30am. The Celan Quartet play Haydn String Quartet, Op 20 No 5 and Mendelssohn String Quartet in F, Op 80. Tickets £10 including a cup of coffee.

At 2.30 pm at St John’s Sub Castro, a concert of wartime inspirations includes Kodaly Duo for violin and cello, Op 7, Janacek Sonata for violin and piano, Schoenberg ‘The Iron Brigade’ for piano quintet and Schubert Wanderer Fantasy for piano, D760. Tickets £12.

The Festival Finale is also at St John’s. It starts at 7pm with Mendelssohn Piano Trio in C, Op 66 and ends with Schumann Piano Quintet in Eb, Op 44. Tickets £12.

Further details including names of the artists and the ticket booking form are

www.leweschambermusic

festival.com. Alternatively, call 01273 479865.