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

An eclectic mix of songs for everyone to enjoy with guest performers
the 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 door. In support of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice and St Michael’s Hospice.

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

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture
Elgar Cello Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No.8

Rory MacDonald Conductor
Guy 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 Shakespeare’s play captivated Mendelssohn from an early age, inspiring him to write accompanying music. From the opening notes of the overture he perfectly captured the mood of bickering lovers, shimmering sprites and magical forests.

Guy Johnston will then perform Elgar’s famous and deeply heartfelt 1919 Cello Concerto. Partly a lament for the First World War, and written in the autumn of his life, it yearns for a simpler, untainted past.

Completing the programme, Rory MacDonald conducts Dvořák’s Symphony No.8. Infused with Dvořák’s Czech heritage, this Romantic symphony combines soaring string themes, roaring brass, atmospheric percussion and dancing woodwind.

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 for a good seat.

Christchurch Methodist Church, Springfield Road/Holliers Hill TN40 2BX.

Starts 7pm. ADMISSION FREE with a collection for Warming up the Homeless. For further information contact

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 for local causes – including Warming Up the Homeless, St Michael Hospice and the Sara Lee Trust, as well as supporting initiatives such as The Bexhill Family Fun Day celebrating 1250 years of the town’s charter.

Bexhill Heritage Coronation Bandstand, De La Warr Parade,
Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JS
7pm – 9pm.

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, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP 2pm – 6pm. Free event. Contact for more info.

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 be humming along to a tune you know and love!

The Terrace, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina,
Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP

From 12.00. Free event. Phone Brian on 07843 412966 for details.

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 £12 in advance from or Second Spin 01424 210894.

Mike Hatchard presents: A tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Dudley Moore – Sunday June 11

This show originally premiered to a capacity crowd at the Concert Artists Association, Covent Garden in early 2023 and earned no less than THREE standing ovations. Featuring four of the UK’s most sought after musicians the spirit of these two contrasting icons is joyfully recreated.

St Stephens Hall, Down Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 4HA

Starts 7.30. Tickets £12 at the door, reservable from
or telephone 07710217672.

On Tour Promotions with No48 present: Quiz Night with a musical twist! – Tuesday June 20

Join us for a music themed Quiz Night with lots of fun and prizes.

Town Square Social Club, 4-6 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JU

Starts 7.30pm. Entrance £7.50 with choice of Ploughman’s meal or £3 without food. Advanced booking preferred please.

The Kukes – Saturday June 17

The Kukes are an alternative folk/country/pop band, based in Bexhill, featuring melodic harmonies, ukuleles, melodeon, whistle, banjo and an eclectic song choice. Winners of the Ukulele Society of Great Britain’s Ukulele Band of the Year contest 2019.

Bexhill Heritage Coronation Bandstand, De La Warr Parade,
Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JS
Starts 7pm.

“The Piano in the Parlour” with Kenneth Roberts, Bexhill Choral Society’s Director of Music – Saturday June 17

In the 19th century, no TV, no internet, no streaming – only the piano – the home entertainment of the Victorians. So, what did they play? What was the music our great great grandparents listened to?

Kenneth Roberts, in his highly entertaining way, will guide us through and play some of the music which set Victorian Britain alight, including a section on female composers, of which there were many.

This event is part of the “St. Barnabas Victorian Heyday” celebrations.

St. Barnabas Church, Sea Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JG.

Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12 from Second Spin (cash), Sackville Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, Choir members or on the door.

For bookings in advance, phone 01424 222801. Card payments in advance from

On Tour Promotions with No48 present: The Rolling Stones Tribute Band ‘Stoned’ – Saturday June 17

The leading Rolling Stones Tribute Band in the South East performing all the great hits.

Town Square Social Club, 4-6 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JU

Starts 8pm. Advance tickets only, £12.50 inclusive, from the venue or

Mike Hatchard presents: Jazz Breakfast with Sarah Jane Morris – Sunday June 18

Sarah Jane Morris has to be one of the most individual voices around. The ex-Communards singer has a stunning CV, now locally-based she still enjoys success on an international level. When collaborating with Mike Hatchard something sublime takes place – one of those shows where you feel almost anything could happen, two performers whose considerable experience has done nothing to dull their infectious exuberance.

Manor Barn, 4 De La Warr Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2JA

Starts 11am. Tickets £12 at the door or reservable from or telephone 07710217672.

‘Miss Popplewell’s Garden’ – Outdoor theatre with The Rudes Mechanical Theatre – Sunday June 18

It’s April 1940 and Jocasta, Daphne and Dotty, will have to move from their school in idyllic Little Inkling, Sussex, to Buckinghamshire, where they will take refuge from the war. Lessons are suspended and they have two weeks left to have some fun and say goodbye to their friends. It’s a disaster for Daphne. All she wants is to be kissed before she’s seventeen, but now she’s got to move away, she may never see Gerald again! The girls decide to make one last raid on the old witch Miss Popplewell’s strawberry patch. But an intruder gets in first. Who is he? Is it the gypsies, a burglar, a foreign agent, even an escaped convict? The entire village goes into a panic. But they’re British! They must stick together.

In the meantime, will the girls get the strawberries? Will their kindly headmistress, Miss Tricklebank, confine them to their dorms? Will Daphne be kissed before she’s seventeen? You will have to be there to find out. The play is woven with poignancy and gently unearths buried things from Miss Popplewell’s past.

Egerton Park, Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3HN Starts 7.30pm. Visit or ring 01323-501260. Bring your own chairs or rugs and a picnic.

Schools Big Summer Sing – Wed June 21

Join students from Bexhill’s schools and colleges raising their voices once again at the Bexhill Festival of Music Big Summer Sing, featuring a massed choir of Year 4 children and live band.

The De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP

Performances at 5pm and 7pm. Tickets: Adults £7 (Under 16s free admission).

Breadtime Stories for Hungry Souls – Saturday June 24

Devised and performed by singer, harper and storyteller Sharon Elizabeth.

Breadtime Stories for Hungry Souls is a joyous celebration of a time honoured alchemy from earth to table, the breaking of bread, the meeting of the ancient with the now. Like the taste of a fresh loaf this recipe of storytelling, song and harp will nourish and enliven the soul.

Performance followed by a Summer Solstice celebration with folk duo
‘Holly and Swerve’.

Manor Barn, 4 De La Warr Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2JA7pm doors open for 7.30pm performance. Bar available. Tickets £10 on the door or via www.thegossamerthreadsproject,com.

Queenie – Saturday June 24

Queenie is a talented young singer songwriter from Bexhill, who performs her own songs and covers with piano accompaniment.

Bexhill Heritage Coronation
Bandstand, De La Warr Parade,
Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JS

Starts 1pm

Bexhill Classical Guitar Society Summer Meeting – Sunday June 25

This event will feature our members (amateurs) performances, a professional luthier demonstration and a short professional recital by the award-winning Irish guitarist Manus Noble followed by refreshments.

St Augustine’s Church Hall, St Augustine’s Close, Cooden Drive, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3AZ

3pm-5pm. Free Entry, donations collected to support the society. Cash & Card accepted. There is limited seating on a first come, first served basis, doors open at 14:45.

Bexhill Community Singers present: A Summer’s Evening of Song – Tuesday June 27

Following on from our successful sold out ‘Musicals’ concert last year, Bexhill Community Singers and guests will be performing a selection of favourite songs old and new.

St Peters Community Centre, Bexhill Old Town TN40 2HE Starts 7pm. The concert is free to attend and attendees will receive a programme and light refreshments. Raffle and donations – all proceeds to Cancer Research UK. For more information and to book tickets in advance, please contact or telephone 07913 818522. Tickets will also be available from choir members, and a limited number may be available on the night.

Organ Music Concert – Tuesday June 27

Held at the Egerton Park Bowls Club on the last Tuesday of every month, our keyboard concerts present an evening of easy listening music featuring some of the best keyboard artists in the UK. This evening we are proud to welcome the internationally renowned player, Chris Powell.

Egerton Park Indoor Bowls Club, Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3HL

Doors open 7pm, starts 7.30pm. Entrance £10 payable on the door.
For full details contact Derek on 01424 848793.

Richard Durrant: Music for Midsummer – Wednesday June 28

In his celebration of midsummer this maverick virtuoso and natural storyteller performs his own guitar originals, choice moments from the acoustic/classical repertoire and Bach on the ukulele.  This wonderful music can be heard in venues the length of the British Isles played by an extraordinary musician carrying his entire show on a bicycle.

Guitar virtuoso and composer Richard Durrant studied at the Royal College of Music, but his unexpected musical choices and the sheer emotional depth of his playing set him apart. Connection with the land is central to Richard’s work including his last three acclaimed albums Stringhenge, Rewilding and The Sleep of a King. His tours and album releases are planned around the Solstices and Equinoxes.

Durrant’s bicycle stands next to him onstage at each concert, its lights illuminating his performance.  His idea of “Cycling Music” was motivated by the effect on the environment of an average 35,000 carbon heavy miles playing concerts in the years leading up to his first Cycling Music tour in 2014.

Durrant says: “These concerts are not just about the fragile beauty of these instruments, they might also remind people how remarkable a bicycle is. Bicycles save money and promote good health but most importantly they help protect the natural environment. We must all acknowledge that there is a climate crisis.” *

 “One is left with the impression of a man who loves music and life in equal measure,” Gramophone Magazine 

St Peter’s Church, Church Street, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 2HE

Time: 7.30-9.30. Tickets: £16, £15 concessions; £5 for under 18s. Buy online at De La Warr Pavilion website or call 01424 229111 or buy on the door.

Bexhill & Little Common Royal British Legion Band – Friday June 30

The Bexhill and Little Common Royal British Legion Band are delighted to be performing in the festival once again this year. They play a wide selection of wind band pieces, arrangements of popular, film and show tunes with the occasional short classical piece thrown in for good measure!

The band is led by Martin Bunce, a highly experienced conductor, composer and trumpeter. Martin has (among other ventures) performed with a number
of leading orchestras, including most notably the London Symphony Orchestra.

When not at the club, they play throughout East Sussex including Eastbourne and Alexandra Park Bandstands, and Lewes Town Hall.

Town Square Social Club, 4-6 London road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JU

Starts 8pm. Tickets are available on the door or in advance from the club bar, price £3.

The F.O.G. – Saturday July 1

The F.O.G. (Five Old Geezers) are a five piece local band playing a lively mix of 60s/70s, Blues & Country. Together for the past 5 years, appearing at various local venues. Come and join us at the Albatross Club  on Saturday

Albatross RAFA Club, 15 Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JS Starts 3pm.

BEXFEST 2023 at the De La Warr Pavilion – Saturday July 1

After the huge success of Bexfest 2022, we are excited to announce Bexfest will return in 2023. Bringing you the BEST anthems from the 90s, naughties all the way up to your favourites today! This year’s lineup includes Jaguar Skills, Vula (Basement Jaxx) performing her Basement Jaxx hits Oh My Gosh, Red Alert, Turn Me On& more, UK Apache (Original Nuttah Live), Rozallaperforming Everybody’s Free & more, Kele Le Roc performing Garage anthem My Love + BassmentJaxx hit Romeo& more, Alex Party performing Don’t give me your life, Read my lips& more, DJ Pied Piper & MC DTDo you really like it,Sweet Female Attitude performing Flowers& more, Top Cat (Live PA) hits from Champion Sound/Police & Helicopter/Shy Fx – Everyday/Bun the Sensi& many more, Miss Melody + more TBA.

On the DLWP Terrace & West Lawn, De La Warr Pavilion, Marina, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DP

2pm-10.30pm. Tickets £28, £31, £35 from the box office at

The Other Band – Sunday July 2

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 for local causes – including Warming Up the Homeless, St Michael Hospice and the Sara Lee Trust, as well as supporting initiatives such as The Bexhill Family Fun Day celebrating 1250 years of the town’s charter. The Harp, 35 Devonshire Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1AH
Starts 3pm.

ContraBandBig Band – an evening of Swing and Latin numbers – Tuesday July 4

ContraBand continues to be a 17 piece big band playing swing jazz, latin and other styles of music. We have been in our current formation since Covid. We rehearse weekly and have enjoyed gigging last year both indoors and also outdoors on bandstands. We are delighted to be involved with the festival again and this year are raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Town Square Social Club, 4-6 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN39 3JU Starts 7.30pm. Tickets will be £7.50. Information from Ronnie Parker (bandleader) on 07973 703053. Tickets also available at the venue itself.

Bexhill Library Presents: ‘Jacob and the Raven King’ a free musical storytelling experience for all the family – Saturday July 8

Written and performed by Sharon Elizabeth

Jacob travels back in time to medieval Pevensey Castle where the king has descended into a deep lament after the mysterious death of his beloved white raven. The king is paralysed with grief and suspicion, but Jacob’s encounter with a travelling harper brings the magic they have all been searching for. Followed by an introduction to the harp.

The story has been adapted for two age groups.

11am: 2 to 7 year olds. Duration 1 hour

2pm: 8 to 11 year olds. Duration 1 hour

Sharon Elizabeth is a storyteller, singer, harper and community musician who has toured extensively both here and in New Zealand.

Bexhill Library, Western Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1DY

The Bexhill Classical Guitar Society Recital – Sunday July 9

Featuring a recital by international prize-winning Bulgarian guitarist Pavel Ralev.

St Barnabas Church, Cantelupe Road, Bexhill-on-Sea TN40 1JG

Starts 3pm until 4pm. This event is free to enter and we ask for donations in a retiring collection to keep the society and concert series going. Cash and card accepted.

The Last Night of the Bexhill Proms with the Sussex Concert Orchestra at the De La Warr Pavilion – Sunday July 9

Conducted by Kenneth Roberts

Featuring the Bexhill Festival Choirled byLorraine Barry
and guest soprano soloist Helen Bailey.

The first half of the evening will be a trip to the magical world of Vienna featuring music by Johann Strauss and Frank Lehar and will include The Blue Danube, Radetzky March, Thunder and Lightning and music from The Merry Widow.

After the interval it’s time to wave your flags and sing along to all the prom favourites including I Vow to Thee My Country, Fantasia on Sea Songs, Jerusalem and Auld Lang Syne! Union flags are available on the evening.

British lyric soprano, Helen Bailey, trained at Trinity College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, and Royal Academy Opera.

Recent performances include the title role of Jenůfa (Midsummer Opera) and Micaëla in Carmen (Opera South East). Future operatic roles include Gerhilde (Die Walküre, London Opera Group), Magda (La Rondine, Midsummer Opera), and Erste adelige Waise/cover Sophie (Der Rosenkavelier, Saffron Opera Group). Helen also enjoys a busy concert schedule, with forthcoming engagements including an opera gala at Thornden Hall and Verdi’s Requiem with Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra. 

Starts 7.30pm. Tickets £11, £16 & £21 (concessions available).
Box office 01424 229111. Book online at