Welcome to The Bexhill Festival of Music 2023

This will be our 15th annual festival, offering Live and Local Music throughout our Town.

Here you will find a full variety of musical styles: classical, folk, jazz, rock, swing, choral and musical theatre.  The range of instruments continues to grow and this year will be swelled further by an electronic organ and a solo harp!

Many events are free to attend. Others will raise money for our local charities through modest ticket prices/collections/donations.

The Festival is committed to supporting music for our younger generation, so the Schools Summer Big Sing will take place at the De La Warr Pavilion.  This brings pupils, students and teachers from our local schools and colleges together for an evening of music and singing accompanied by professional musicians. Our thanks extend to the De La Warr Pavilion, the Bexhill Lions and Claremont Independent School and all the Music Teachers for their support. It is equally encouraging to see that a musical day has been organised for children at Bexhill Library.

We thank the advertisers in this programme for their financial help and once again our thanks extend to Rother District Council, Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors and McPhersons Accountants for their continued support.

So please attend as many events as you can. It’s what all the musicians – from local amateurs to international professionals – thrive on. Above all, this Festival is for you. It wouldn’t exist without you!

Brian Beeston

What’s On (full listing on Events page)

Rother Community Choir proudly presents: Singing in the Reign – Saturday June 3

An eclectic mix of songs for everyone to enjoy with guest performersthe Leading Ladies Musical Tribute. St Mark’s Church, Green Lane, Little Common, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4BZ Doors open at 6.15pm for a 7pm start. Tickets £10. Available from Little Gem, Little Common – Records & Retro, Sackville Road, Bexhill or from choir members and on […]

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present Elgar’s Cello Concerto – Friday June 9

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: OvertureElgar Cello ConcertoDvořák Symphony No.8 Rory MacDonald ConductorGuy Johnston Cello Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra makes a much-anticipated return to the De La WarrPavillion for a concert of beautiful classics. The evening opens with Mendelssohn’s magical Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The fairies and enchanted woodlands of […]

The Spinning Jenny Band Festival Barn Dance Supporting Warming up The Homeless – Friday June 9

The Spinning Jenny Band are holding their annual charity Barn Dance. Little Common Community Centre, Shepherds Close TN39 4SQ Starts 7.30pm. Please bring your own refreshments. Tickets £8 (£4 children) in advance from Colin 01424 215258 or Ken 01424 843486.

The Christchurch Singers present their Summer Concert – Saturday June 10

With conductor Pat Reigh, accompanist Neil Bannock and MC Barry Turnwell, the choir will lead you through an evening of songs both Christian and secular with Barry’s new selection of jokes and funny stories. To commemorate the coronation there will be a singalong around the British Isles for audience and choir. As always, come early […]

The Other Band – Saturday June 10

A 3-piece outfit based locally, The Other Band presents a rollicking repertoire of Americana, country and blues, driven by mandolin, bass and guitar rhythms coupled with vocal harmonies. It has been plying its trade in the cafés, clubs and bars of Bexhill, St Leonards and Hastings for eight years and is active in raising funds […]

Create Music Takeover at the De La Warr Pavilion – Saturday June 10

As part of Create Music’s partnership with the De La Warr Pavilion, Create Music are taking over our Outdoor Stage. The takeover will showcase a range of bands and solo performers from local schools and colleges in the Hastings & Rother area, with students from Year 10+ performing. Outdoor Stage, The De La Warr Pavilion, […]

The Wacky Band on the Terrace – Sunday June 11

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 their lively conductor, Alun Francis. They have a vast and varied playlist so you will soon […]

Sussex Concert Orchestra present: Baroque Extravaganza – Sunday June 11

Featuring trumpet soloist Andy Gill with orchestra conducted by Kenneth Roberts. Everyone’s favourite Baroque music including Handel’s ‘Arrival of the Queen of Sheba,’ Albinoni’s ‘Adagio’, Trumpet Concerto by Telemann, ‘Air on the G string’ by Bach and others. St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2HE Starts 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 on the door or […]