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Welcome to the Bexhill Festival of Music

This is our eleventh year of celebrating music within our community with the emphasis on our own local talent.

Once again, we welcome back to the De La Warr Pavilion, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Last Night of the Bexhill Proms featuring the Sussex Concert Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Roberts. This is an important Charity Fundraiser for the Festival, and we would appreciate your support.

We are particularly pleased this year to welcome the internationally renowned guitarist Richard Durrant to the Festival. His concert “Stringhenge” is a not-to-be-missed acoustic event to be held in St Peter’s Church, Old Town - an absolutely perfect location.

The trustees would like to thank the 
De La Warr Pavilion, Gaby Hardwicke, McPhersons and Number 48 Devonshire Road for their continued help and support in making this year’s Festival happen.
As always, if you wish to be part 
of our 2018 Festival, please contact us now with an expression 
of interest, as planning is well under way.

We look forward to seeing you.

Brian Beeston


What’s On (full listing on Events page)

Thursday 1 June – Symphonic Summer with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP Rossini – La Scala di Seta Overture Fauré – Pavane Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No.1 Dvorák – Symphony No.8 Conductor – Brian Wright Piano – Alex Panfilov For an evening of outstanding classics from your favourite composers, join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Symphonic Summer at the [...]

Friday 2 June – Bexhill Choral Society’s “Invitation to the Dance” – A Lecture Recital

St. Martha’s Church Hall, Cooden Sea Road/Birkdale, Little Common TN39 4SL Since time immemorial, the dance has proved one of the most powerful influences on musicians. In his highly entertaining way, Kenneth Roberts, BCS’s Director of Music, will play and talk about some of the great piano music inspired by, and composed for, the dance [...]

Saturday 3 June – Bach to the Future

Sackville Road Methodist Church, Sackville Road, Bexhil-on-Sea TN39 3JA An eclectic mix of popular music from traditional classics to the present day. Performers Andrew McGregor (organ), Cindy Gilham (soprano), Lynne Conway (piano), Andy Conway (violin), James Conway (cello) and Stephen Conway (double bass) take the audience on a journey through space and time and provide [...]

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June – No48 Free Music Festival featuring the Exiles

No48, 48 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1AX A free 2 day festival with several different acts throughout the day. The “Exiles” will begin the Saturday session at 2pm and then come in and out between the other acts, ending the afternoon on a high note with some of their old favourites. From midday to 10pm. [...]

Sunday 4 June – The Wacky Band

Bandstand, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP The Wacky Band is a local Wind Band with over 30 amateur musicians of various ages and abilities who meet once a week to make merry music and play at local festivals, events and fêtes under the guidance of our lively conductor Nikky Holt. We have [...]

Monday 5 June – Folk Night at the Albatross (RAFA) Club

RAF Association, 15 Marine Arcade, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JS On the first Monday of each month the RAFA Club hosts a “Tune-up” session for local and visiting folk musicians. The atmosphere is relaxed, players and singers are welcomed. The “Exiles” will be playing their wide range of folk related music. Starts 8.00pm running until 10.30pm or [...]

Monday 5 June – Traditional Jazz Sessions by Creole Jazz

Royal British Legion, 4/6 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JU Comprising Jim (Doc) Searson on reeds, Roger Hooper on sousaphone and bass, Colin Martin on piano, Geoff Collins on drums, plus invited guests. This great jazz scene is on the first Monday of each month. From 8pm-10.30pm. Members and guests welcome. Tickets £5 for member, £6 [...]

Tuesday 6 June – Blue Bayou

Wheatsheaf Inn, 2 Barnhorn Road, Little Common TN39 4LR ‘A little bit country – a little bit rock ’n’ roll’ with popular Bexhill based husband and wife duo. Carol & Rod entertain with duets made famous by Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, Johnny Cash & June Carter. There will also be songs from the likes [...]