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Welcome to the Bexhill Festival of Music 2018

So here we are in our twelfth year of celebrating music within our community with the emphasis on our own local talent - together with a sprinkling of internationally-renowned performers.

We welcome back, to the De La Warr Pavilion, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with their exciting “Colourful Classics” Concert. In addition, Richard Durrant is back with his “Stringhenge Album” recital. His British Isles’ tour, which starts in the Isles of Orkney earlier in the month, concludes here in Bexhill on Sea, with Richard travelling between concerts on his beloved push-bike!

The Sussex Concert Orchestra, packed with local brilliant talent and under the baton of Kenneth Roberts, features twice this year, with a concert in St Peter’s Church and the Last Night of the Bexhill Proms at the De La Warr Pavilion. This event brings our Festival to a rousing end and is an important fundraiser for us: your support would be appreciated.

More local musical groups and performers have come forward this year, contributing to a significant growth in the number of events in the town. We are particularly pleased to re-introduce The Summer Big Sing at the De La Warr Pavilion, where our local schools and colleges come together for an evening of music and singing. We thank Bexhill College and the Bexhill Lions for their support and assistance: without this the event would not be going ahead. 

The trustees would also like to thank the advertisers in the programme; the income from these is an important part of our fund raising effort. In addition, thanks go to the De La Warr Pavilion, Rother District Council, Gaby Hardwicke, McPhersons and No48 Devonshire Road for their continued help and support in making this year’s Festival happen.

If you wish to be part of next year’s 2019 Festival, please contact us, as planning is well under way.

You are the other important ingredient for a successful Festival. Please attend as many events as you can. We look forward to seeing you.

Brian Beeston


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What’s On (full listing on Events page)

Saturday 26 May – The Sussex Song Makers

From Bach to Betjeman, a feast of music and poetry  St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2HE An all female group of singers who, since forming, have enjoyed amazing success. They regularly appear in St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden. The Sussex Song Makers will present a programme of not just vocal ensembles and solos, [...]

Saturday 26 May – Bach to the Future 2

Sackville Road Methodist Church, Sackville Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JA Back by popular demand, James Conway (cello) and Stephen Conway (double bass, both now with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain), together with parents Lynne Conway (piano) and Andy Conway (violin) and local musicians Andrew McGregor (organ) and Cindy Gilham (soprano) perform an eclectic mix [...]

Saturday 26 May – Garden Music with the Contra Saxophone Quartet

Orchard Cottage, 22 Gatelands Drive Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4DP The above garden will be one of a group of gardens opening for St Michaels Hospice on Saturday 26th May (time to be notified but probably 11-5). Last year the Open Gardens raised over £30000 for the Hospice. All are welcome, come and listen to The Contra [...]

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May – No48 Free Music Festival

No48, 48 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1AX A free 2 day music festival at No.48 to kick start the month-long Bexhill Festival of Music. There will be various artists performing throughout the day with any donations going towards next years publication. This event will be in memory of one of Bexhill’s and No.48’s biggest music fans [...]

Thursday 31 May – Los Twangueros

No48, 48 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1AX Enjoy their mix of Latin music as we serve our Tapas Menu. “Great Balearic/Latin band always a party when Los Twangueros play live.” Danny Rampling  Starts 7pm. Entry £3pp including Tapas. Bookings in advance at No48, phone 01424 736600 or visit

Friday 1 June – Ritchie Lee

No48, 48 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1AX Singing all the pop, soul & motown party hits. Covering artists from Lionel Ritchie to Michael Jackson, Robbie Williams to Stevie Wonder and a whole host more. Starts 7pm. Entry £8.75 with choice of meal Inc. Bookings in advance at No48, phone 01424 736600 or visit

Saturday 2 June – Stoned

No48, 48 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1AX “Stoned” Top Rolling Stones tribute band covering all their great hits  Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Woman, Gimme Shelter, Paint it Black, You Can’t Always Get, Jumpin Jack Flash, Start Me Up, Brown Sugar and more. Starts 7pm. Entry £12.75 with choice of 2 course meal inc. Bookings in advance at No48, [...]

Sunday 3 June – Sussex Concert Orchestra

St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2HE Fauré – Pavane J.S. Bach – Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor (soloist Daisy Noton) Beethoven – Symphony No.6 in F ‘Pastoral’ Conductor – Kenneth Roberts Sussex Concert Orchestra’s June concert will feature one of the most promising local musicians in the area, Daisy Noton, who will [...]