Welcome to The Bexhill Festival of Music 2022

Having lost two years to Covid-19, this will be our fourteenth year of the Bexhill Festival of Music. This programme is full of events celebrating live music, local talent, mixed in with nationally and internationally renowned performers, all in local venues within the town.

We are delighted and proud to welcome the Bexhill Sinfonietta into our Festival family. They will get us off to a cracking start with the opening concert – see inside for further details.

As well as welcoming back the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to the De La Warr Pavilion and Richard Durrantto St Peter’s Church, we particularly welcome theRude Mechanical Theatre Company to our Festival this year. They will be performing their outdoor musical theatre “Gods and Dogs” in Egerton Park – see inside for further details. A big welcome also to Mike Hatchard, who will feature with one of his Jazz Breakfasts in the Manor Barn and an evening performance in St Stephen’s Church Hall.

The Sussex Concert Orchestra returns with a concert in St Barnabas Church. It will also feature in our Last Night of the Bexhill Proms, which will bring our Festival to a rousing conclusion.

This Festival is committed to supporting music for our younger generations. So, the Schools Summer Big Sing returns – where our local schools and colleges come together for an evening of music and singing. Our thanks extend to the De La Warr Pavilion, the Bexhill Lions andClaremont IndependentSchool for their support.

We thank the advertisers in this programme, an important income stream for the Festival. Further thanks are extended to Rother District Council, Gaby Hardwicke and McPhersons for their continued support.

So here we go, a Festival full of music for all tastes. Join in and enjoy!

Here’s to a happier, safer, musical future...

Brian Beeston

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What’s On (full listing on Events page)

The Bexhill Sinfonietta – Sunday 5 June

Following the success of our inaugural concert in October 2021 we aredelighted to be chosen to perform the opening concert of the BexhillFestival of Music. The Bexhill Sinfonietta returns to the Izzard Theatre with an excitingprogramme of music . Sussex has always been a favourite place for writers, artists and musicians totake up residence; some […]

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra present Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony – Wednesday 8 June

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra returns to Bexhill with aprogramme of glorious orchestral classics. MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: OvertureBORODIN, arr. Sargent NocturneMENDELSSOHN Violin ConcertoBEETHOVEN Symphony No.6, ‘Pastoral’Brian Wright ConductorMayumi Kanagawa Violin Opening with Mozart’s energetic Overture to The Marriage of Figaro whichgives a foretaste of the comical opera that it introduces.Multi-award-winning violinist Mayumi Kanagawa takes […]

Bexhill Choral Society presents: Y Viva España – Friday 10 June

Kenneth Roberts, BCS’s Director of Music and a very accomplished pianistand raconteur, invites us to join him for a trip to sunny Spain via theevocative and memorable music of Albéniz, Granados, De Falla and others.From the pathos of Granados’ ‘The Lover and the Nightingale’ to the passionof the ‘Ritual Fire Dance’, come and explore the […]

The Christchurch Singers present: Jubilee! – Saturday 11 June

A mix of Christian and secular songs, music and laughter under theleadership of Pat Reigh, and accompanied by Elizabeth Bush, with guestsGraham and Higgy Hall, Roland Friday, and Trudy Golding. Our MC will bethe inimitable Barry Turnwell. The evening will include a patriotic singalongin honour of HM The Queen. Do bring a flag!! Christchurch Methodist […]

The Wacky Band on the Terrace – Sunday 12 June

The Wacky Band is a local Wind Band with over 30amateur musicians of various ages and abilities whomeet once a week to make merry music and play atlocal festivals, events and fêtes under the guidanceof their lively conductor, Alun Francis. They have avast and varied playlist so you will soon be hummingalong to a tune […]

Schools Big Summer Sing – Wednesday 15 June

Join students from Bexhill’s schools and colleges raising their voices once againat the Bexhill Festival of Music Big Summer Sing, featuring a massed choir ofYear 4 children and live band. The De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP Performances at 5pm and 7pm. Tickets: Adults £6 (Under 16s free admission)

An Evening with Mike Hatchard – Thursday 16 June

Norman Lebrecht described him as the English Tom Lehrer, but there areobvious debts to Victor Borge. Mike Hatchard plays everything from Bach toBacharach with all sorts of deviations along the way incorporating Flandersand Swann, Jacques Brel, Victoria Wood and more than a soupcon of topquality jazz. The Wacky band will support Mike, playing a set […]

The Spinning Jenny Band Charity Barn Dance – Friday 17 June

The Spinning Jenny Band are holding their annual Charity Barn Dance forthe Bexhill Foodbank. Little Common Community Centre, Shepherds Close TN39 4SQStarts 7.30pm. Tickets £6 (£3 children) in advance from Colin 01424 215258or Ken 01424 843486. Please bring your own refreshments