Historic evening at ancient Pevensey church

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THE ancient church of St Nicolas, parish church of Pevensey, has stood for almost 800 years.

The builders of the 13th century must have known what they were doing, as the church has excellent acoustics, making it a much sought-after venue for choirs and musicians.

For the fifth year in succession the church will be hosting a performance by professional musicians: Alison Bury on violin, Catherine Rimer on ‘cello, Tom Foster on harpsichord and Neil McLaren on flute. These artistes are well-known nationally and internationally in public performances and on radio, TV and recordings, playing with various classical orchestras and groups, including at Glyndebourne.

This year’s programme, on Friday July 13, will be re-creating a typical evening in mid-18th Century at the Palace of Sans Souci, Potsdam, where King Frederick the Great performed in the first rendering of J S Bach’s “Musical Offering”

From 7.00pm you are invited to bring a picnic to enjoy in the tranquil village churchyard. And the concert will begin at 8.00pm, with the church being illuminated by candlelight

Entrance will cost £10.00 and wine and soft drinks will be on sale. The proceeds will go towards the continuing upkeep of the church in this parish.

To obtain further details of the programme, or to reserve your places, please telephone 01323 764449 or 01424 216651. The Rector of Pevensey, the Revd Dr Anthony Christian, described these musicians as “Revealing a new dimension of the exquisite”. We recommend early booking, as the popularity and expertise of these musicians may well make the evening a sell-out.