• A Celebration of Puccini

    Sussex Symphony Orchestra 25th anniversary concert

    Sunday 15th July, 6pm at The Dome, Brighton., In aid of Cancer Research UK

    Joanne Appleby soprano
    Claire Pendleton soprano
    John Pierce tenor
    Richard Hawley as Puccini
    Sally Taylor narrator
    Mark Andrew James conductor

    All the intense emotion and heart-rending passion of Giacomo Puccini’s greatest operas will be on vivid display at this stunning presentation of the great composer’s life and works.

    Puccini – portrayed by Coronation Street actor Richard Hawley – will be interviewed live on stage by BBC South Today presenter Sally Taylor, when his fascinating life story will unfold.

    Interlaced with the dialogue will be compelling and dramatic excerpts from operas including La Bohème, Tosca, Madam Butterfly and Turandot which mark Puccini as one of the greatest operatic composers who ever lived.

    The glorious music will be performed by Sussex Symphony Orchestra, celebrating its 25th anniversary under its charismatic founder and conductor Mark Andrew James, with soloists Joanne Appleby, soprano, Claire Pendleton, soprano, and John Pierce, tenor.

    Joanne Appleby, currently a member of English National Opera, has performed at major venues across the UK and in over 30 countries.

    Claire Pendleton, also a member of ENO, has performed extensively around the world and at the London Palladium.

    John Pierce won the the Welsh Singers Competition in 2010, following in the footsteps of Bryn Terfel, and has since become one of the most popular singers on the concert and operatic circuits.


     £10, £15, £25 and £32.50

    Book online here 
    In person at Dome Box Office, Church Street Brighton, BN1 1UE
    By phone 01273-709709

    Season Sponsor: Southern Water

  • Water, Water, Everywhere!

    Saturday, September 22nd
    All Saints Church, Hove, 7.30pm

    An evening to both celebrate our partnership with Season Sponsor, Southern Water but also to share our vision
    of the importance of the work both organisations do to make our area a better place to live.
    With the help of Southern Water, we have commissioned a brand new work from local composer, Paul Lewis, which we are premiering this evening.
    All the works in this concert are ‘water based’ to highlight the enormous importance and vital place that water plays in our lives, something that is too often ignored or certainly, taken for granted.

    Mendelssohn – The Hebrides Overture, ‘Fingal’s Cave’
    Handel – Water Music
    Elgar – Sea Pictures, soloist – Yvonne Howard
    Britten – Four Sea Interludes
    Title TBA – Paul Lewis

    Conductor – Mark Andrew James

    Tickets at £15, concessions at £12, NUS/under 16’s £5, Family Ticket £30

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    Season Sponsor – Southern Water

  • V E R D I – R E Q U I E M

    Saturday November 17th
    St Bartholomews Church, Brighton, 7.30pm

    To help commemorate this week of remembrance, we are performing possibly the world’s most powerful requiem.
    Guiseppe Verdi wrote this enormous requiem in memory of his close friend Alessandro Manzoni and used all his skills as a dramatic operatic composer to create a work that has become one of the staples in the repertoire.
    Scored for double choir, large orchestra and four soloists, not to mention an especially commissioned new bass drum, this work will literally shake the foundations of the church.
    The orchestra is joined by two of the area’s foremost and finest choirs with four of this country’s finest soloists.
    This will be an evening to remember.


    Sussex Symphony Orchestra
    Sussex Chorus – Director, Alan Vincent
    East Sussex Bach Choir – Director, John Hancorn
    Soprano – Joanna Appleby
    Mezzo Soprano – Yvonne Howard
    Tenor – Andrew Rees
    Bass – Trevor Bowes

    Conductor – Mark Andrew James

    Tickets at £15, concessions at £12, NUS/under 16’s at £5

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  • A Celebration for Christmas

    Sunday December 9th
    All Saints Church, Hove, 3.00pm

    Let’s all get Christmassy! A great selection of seasonal classics, including:

    Excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker’ Suite
    Our own Twelve Days of Christmas, where you, the audience play an important part
    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Philip Lane
    Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    Jingle Bells
    Carols for all
    Symphonic Christmas moments
    Funny seasonal readings
    And much, much more

    Join us for this afternoon’s concert, which many see as the true beginning to the Festive Season in the area.

    Conductor – Mark Andrew James

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