We are a community of classical music lovers, both performers and listeners.
The Club was inaugurated in March 1923. Have a look at the History page for some details of how the Club developed in the first years.
Our series of informal musical evenings features artists drawn from our membership, and runs from September to June. The repertoire ranges from early music right up to the present day, combining the familiar with items less often performed.
Except where indicated, all of our concerts are at Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road, Brighton BN1 1UF, on Saturdays at 7.30 pm.
Annual membership is £30, and includes free admission for the year.
Admission for non-members is £7. Free admission for under 18s.
|09 March 2024
|Schubert: An die Musik
Sue Mileham and Nicola Grünberg
English songs by Quilter , Vaughan Williams, Britten, Deadman
Kevin Starns (tenor) + Zhanna Kemp (piano)
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in A major, Op.2 No.2
Poulenc: Les chemins d'amour,
Gastaldon: Musica Proibita
Kurt Weill: Youkali
Rachmaninov: Ne poy Krasavitsa
Valeria Guidotti and Zhanna Kemp
Muriel Hart, who died just after Christmas aged 99, was a lifelong member of the Club, joining it in her teens, and gave it decades of support and service as well as to many of its individual members.
This was just a part of the massive amount of work that Muriel did for music in Brighton and Sussex over many years.
The Sussex Musicians' Club would like to recognize and commemorate its debt to her and accordingly we are planning a concert in October in her memory.
One of my favourite recordings, from June 2018, was of some songs with viola and piano. Here is the Lullaby from Brahms Op.91. Angela's wonderful singing combines with Beatrice's sensitive viola playing, ably accompanied by Joe Ward.
Simon's review of 13th January concert can be found here
Here is a message from Jannet King, Chair of Springboard:
I’m writing as the Chair of Springboard - Brighton & Hove Performing Arts, which is about to take place, as usual, on weekends in March in Brighton & Hove.
We expect some inspirational performances from some of the most talented young musicians in the area, some of whom go on to play professionally, and I always think it a pity that the audience is made up mainly of family, teachers and other performers. Would you be able to include a plug for Springboard next time you email your members?
I’ve created a page on our website listing the “highlights” that might be a particular draw.
Three pictures from our March 18 concert, contributed by Bob Ahern.
Zhanna and Valeria at the Centenary Concert
Some beautiful Canteloube songs from Sherie, Karen and Katy
John playing Chopin, Rachmaninov and Ravel
Katy on piano with Sherrie (Soprano), Bob (Tenor) and Simon (Baritone)
Leslie Head was a former Club member. He was a much respected conductor; in the 1970s he pioneered many large scale works some of which were at the time relatively obscure. In February 2014 our Club held a memorial concert for Leslie, featuring some extracts of his recordings, the most recent from St John's Smith Square in 1983. Tributes were made by David Smith and Muriel Hart. I have retained a tape recording of this concert.
Zhanna, Evelyn and Vitalia at our opening concert 2022
Karen at the BUC