Pyecombe Music Festival

Pyecombe Music Festival 2019 barROCKS itself onto the horizon with a great combination of Baroque and modern music to suit all tastes! We have three main events:

Friday 30thAugust, 7.30pm,Pyecombe Church

Baroque Trio Concert; Bob Ahern – Tenor,   Jon Rattenbury – Baroque Guitar, Mark Smith – Theorbo

This entertaining and talented trio will perform music from the Baroque era, featuring songs and instrumental pieces by Lully and Jose Marin.  They will be chatting about the music and instruments as they go along and if you have never heard of a Theorbo before, here it is! Come and experience the sound of this fascinating instrument.

Saturday 31stAugust, 11am

Purcell’s Dido & Aeneasat Poynings Church

There is plenty of excitement surrounding this event. In the week leading up to the Festival we are launching the first ever Pyecombe Opera Project – P.O.P.!  A cast of wonderful young singers will be rehearsing at Pyecombe and Poynings Churches to stage a production of Dido & Aeneasat the Brighton Unitarian Church on Saturday 31stAugust at 7.30pm, under the musical direction of Jane Money (Cullen) and Nick Andrews.

The cast, with our own Nara Clapperton in the title role, will be delighted to see you at their rehearsals during the week and, in true Glyndebourne tradition, are inviting you to attend the final dress rehearsal which will be held in Poynings Church in the morning at 11am.  This will be a complete run of the whole piece with instrumental accompaniment (in effect, the first performance!).  So do come and be a part of this event particularly if you are new to opera.   Composed in the 1680s, it is only an hour long but is full of drama, passion, humour, revenge… and dynamic Director/Producer, Susannah Greenan, will be bringing a very modern perspective to this ancient tale!

Sunday 1stSeptember, 4pm, Pyecombe Church

The Four Seasonswith Pyecombe Village Choir

This cleverly devised programme, inspired by David Finney, takes us on a musical journey from the Baroque wonders of Vivaldi to the Beatles and beyond, with a dash of Flanders and Swan on the way!  It will also feature the first performance of December Night by talented Pyecombe songwriter, Richard Lewis.

The Festival would not be complete without a performance from our terrific choir!  Now in its fifth year, the choir continues to enjoy bookings throughout the year and has a number of fine instrumentalists amongst its members who add extra colour and interest to performances.



Tickets can be reserved in advance from Jane Cullen – 07736 806851

A Festival Pass for all 3 performances – £15

Tickets for each individual performance – £6

Under 16s free

Refreshments will be available at all performances.

Proceeds from the Festival will go towards the upkeep of Pyecombe Churchwith a donation to Poynings Church for the Saturday performance.

NB:  If you would also like to attend the performance of Dido & Aeneas at the Brighton Unitarian Church on the Saturday evening, tickets for this are £10and should be booked in advance (contact details as above).  This performance is not part of the Festival.


We look forward to welcoming you all to this year’s Festival.  It is for everyone to enjoy and we hope you will want to be a part of it!

Jane Cullen