About us

We are a community of classical music lovers, both performers and listeners.

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 £25, and includes free admission for the year.

Admission for non-members is £5.

Future concerts

22nd September, 2018
Chopin: Polish songs
Jean-Pierre Brzechwa, Joe Ward
Chaminade: Flute Concertino
Karen Rash and Nicola Grunberg
Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro Non so piu, cosa son; Voi, che sapete
Gounod: Faust
Verdi:Un Ballo in Maschera:Volta la terrea; Saper vorreste
Sue Mileham and Nicola Grunberg
JS Bach arr Myra Hess: Adagio Organ Toccata No 1
F Liszt: Valle d’Obermann
John Bruzon (piano)

13th October, 2018
Loeillet: Sonata
Zhanna Kemp with Flute & Violin
Debussy: Danseuses de Delphe; Reverie; La Cathedrale Engloutie; Arabesque no. 2
Joe Ward (piano)
Malcolm Arnold: Beauty Walks the Woods at Night
Spohr: Sei still mein Herz; Wiegenlied; Das heimliche Lied
Arnold Cooke:The Echoing Green (from Blake Songs of Innocence Experience)
Arthur Bliss: The Ragwort; The Dandelion
Terence Greaves: A Garden of Weeds: Buttercup, Poppy,Thistle, Belladonna, Nettle
Mozart: Don Giovanni: In quali' eccessi, o numi, Mi tradi quel' anima ingrata
Sue Mileham, Nicola Grunberg, Jane Plessner

17th November, 2018
Bach: Prelude and Fugue no.6 from Book 2 Well Tempered Clavier. BWV 875/1 and 2.
Penny Mathews
S. Rachmaninoff: I fell in love to my sorrow...
M. Shishkin (Romance) Bright is the night...
One night my beloved came... (folk)
The box (folk)
Daria Robertson & Zhanna Kemp
D Scarlatti: Sonatas
D major Longo 164 Allegretto
E flat Longo 203 Andante Cantabile
A minor Longo 241 Allegro
D major Longo 461 Presto
E major Longo 23 Andante Commodo
Rosemary Kemp (piano)

15th December, 2018
Handel: arias
Jane Larsen & Joe Ward
Rachmaninoff: Variation no.18 from Rhapsodie on a Theme of Paganini
adapted for piano solo by Hermene W. Eichhorn.
Nocturne in E flat major, opus 9, no. 2
Nocturne in B major opus 32, no. 1
Etude in C# minor opus 10 no. 4 ”Torrent”
Rosemary Kemp (piano)
Gounod: Juliette Waltz
Faure: song (TBA)
Bernstein Candide
Zhanna Kemp and Valeria Guidotti
C.M. von Weber: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano Op.63
Allegro Moderato, Scherzo, Shepherd’s Lament, Finale
Beatrice Sales, Rosemary Cole, Nick Cooper
Including buffet with wine and soft drinks

Concert dates 2018 -19

The date of the opening concert of the 96th season will be September 22 2018.

Here are all the concert dates we have booked with Brighton Unitarian Church for next season:

September 22
October 13
November 17
December 15

January 19
February 16 (students concert)
March 23
April 20 (AGM)
June 15

All at 7.30 pm.

An appeal from BUC


If you have been in New Road recently, you will have seen that Brighton Unitarian Church is surrounded by scaffolding. The Grade II listed frontage was placed on the Heritage At Risk Register after surveys revealed that rainwater was seeping behind the stucco frontage, threatening the beautiful Doric columns.

Grants, including one from the Heritage Lottery Fund, together with contributions from the wonderful people of Brighton, meant that in March 2018 they could start rebuilding their beautiful building. But since then, they have had some very bad news. The structural experts repairing the church have discovered that the pediment - the triangular section at the top of the columns - is in an advanced state of collapse. The timbers are extensively rotten, the metal supports are corroded and the stonework is in danger of falling off. This discovery means they must urgently raise an
extra £71,000 to complete the work.

Please have a look at the short film Brighton Unitarian have made to support their Portico Rescue Appeal and see for yourself the extent of the damage and why they are asking for help.

Can you help with a donation, large or small, to save this amazing building? Any amount that you can give to the Portico Rescue Appeal, to help complete this urgent extra work and save our building, will be most gratefully received. It is easy to make a donation, just go to the website and click on the Just Giving button. Thank you from everyone at Brighton Unitarian Church.

Local Events and links

Friday Concerts


A series of lunchtime concerts at Brighton Unitarian Church, New Road Brighton.

Latest review by Dr Jenner

This review (a little late in appearing) refers to the opening concert last September.

Reviews archive

Video recordings from June concert


Have a look at these videos on the recordings page, from Daria Robertson.

Concert in Bexhill


22 September at the International Composers Festival, De La Warr Pavilion, E Sussex