East Sussex Academy of Music showcase in Lewes

Lewes news
Lewes news

Students from the East Sussex Academy of Music (ESAM) will be giving their end of year concert on Wednesday, June 25, at 7.30pm at Lewes Town Hall.

Tickets priced at £6 (concessions/students £3) will be available on the door and the general public are invited to come and hear these young musicians, some of whom are embarking on careers as performers.

Six of this year’s students will take up places at music colleges in England and Wales in September. Of those, Nic Hughes, 18, from Haywards Heath, will conduct the ESAM orchestra in a performance of Holst’s St Paul’s Suite.

The orchestra will also be performing work by Wagner and music from the film ‘Titanic’ both arranged by two students, Juan Pablo Hinojosa, 18, from Lindfield, and John Sturt, 18, from Lewes.

The Academy Voices, directed by John Hancorn and Nick Houghton, will sing Allegri’s famous Miserere. These young voices make a lovely pure sound and three girls will be sharing the top Cs that the piece is so well known for.

The newly formed Session Orchestra will be playing some pop arrangements including a debut performance of a piece that has been written by two students. The concert ends with the ESAM choir, in which all the students sing.

Elsewhere, the Lewes Chamber Music Festival, now in its third year, hosts a stellar line-up of leading young performers.

They are gathering for a weekend of summer concerts around the county town from Friday, June 27, to Sunday, June 29, under the leadership of Artistic Director Beatrice Philips.

The packed programme gets under way at St John sub Castro Church, and other venues will be the Westgate Chapel (which includes a supper) and St Peter’s Church, in the village of Firle.

For full details of the eight concerts visit leweschambermusicfestival.com