Sussex Musicians Club

About us

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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.

Next concert June 8

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The AGM could not be completed in the April concert and some remaining items will be addressed at the end of our final concert of the season on 8 June.

One important issue that was discussed concerned how to make ends meet financially. A way forward is to adopt an alternative venue, and to this end our next concert will be held at Chapel Royal in North Street. If this proves agreeable, we may make this move more permanent.

Forthcoming concerts

08 June 2024 - Chapel Royal Brighton
Schumann: vocal duets
Jane Larsen Mezzo, Paul Houston tenor, Andrew Storey Piano

Bach: Sonata number 4 in C minor
Beatrice Sales (Violin) Andrew Biggs (piano)

Chopin Preludes; Rachmaninov Etude-tableau
Alex Sinclair (piano), Marcus Cartwright (mandolin)

R Strauss: Nichts; Die Nacht
Duparc: Chanson Triste; Au pays où se fait la guerre
Lucy Mair (Sop), Celia Vince (piano)

Muriel Hart

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.

Here is a recording of Muriel accompanying Beatrice Monaco in May 2015. At this time we were meeting at Brighton and Hove High School which explains the dry acoustic.

Review from Dr Simon Jenner

Simon's review of 13th January concert can be found here

Springboard

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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.