The International Interview Concerts at St Paul’s, Worthing

DUO Arnicans – Arta Arnicane (piano) Florian Arnicans (cello)

Recording artistes from Zurich with CD albums together and solo on the Solo Musica label (Sony) and Arcodiva:

“Special affinity . . . powerfully attractive”  –  Music Web International
“superb partnership” –  Pizzicato
“Brilliant! What I call a discovery!”  –  Vienna Zietung

St Paul’s Cafe, Worthing BN11 1EE 
01903 368967                                                             
Thursday 2nd November 2017
Doors at 7.00pm; Starts at 7.30pm

Tickets:                                                                                                                               £13 Adult; £11 WSS members; £5 Students; £1 Up-to-18; Unreserved seating

Arta’s website (also containing DUO Arnicans):

Florian’s website:

So what’s an Interview Concert? It’s a compelling, affordable, intimate and social experience:

  • Audience ‘In the Round’ –  close-up and connecting
  • Seating unreserved –  buy, then choose where to sit – no ‘expensive’ seats
  • Interviews with the artistes –  get to know them, and the music played
  • Audience questions –  you can have your question asked, too
  • Cafe open –  tasty St Paul’s fare on sale before, in the interval, at the end
  • CDs on sale – solo piano or duo; take some DUO Arnicans music home with you
  • Meet the musicians afterwards –  interaction, reciprocation

It’s another return with her husband to Worthing for popular Arta Arnicane (Latvia), winner of the 2010 Sussex International Piano Competition (SIPC) and subsequent concerto appearances with Worthing Symphony Orchestra, a solo Interview Concert in 2012 and a concert together during the 2013 SIPC, when Arta was a guest juror in the competition.

It will be a second visit here for Florian Arnicans (Germany) and with him this Interview Concert showcases the cello’s distinctive, stirring and enveloping ability to sing like a human voice. If you’ve not experienced it before, this evening will unveil to you to this beautiful instrumental combination.

The cello will team up with the piano’s ability in the hands of Arta to sing back and combine, to make music to stay with you long after you’ve been at this concert. Their programme of solos and duos is subtitled with the Latin American name for song, Canción, and will be an example of Arta’s special artistry in creating imaginative and rewarding programmes.

Both will be interviewed and already Worthing audiences know and revere Arta’s powers of happy verbal communication. We’ll be hearing Florian in conversation for the first time. Married with one son, they are based in Zurich, Switzerland. They play St Paul’s after a lunchtime concert appearance at the London School of Economics & Political Science.

Their ‘Programme Canción’: “The Cello Sings”

Johann Sebastian Bach  –  Arioso (melodious and vocal)
Franz Schubert  –  Ständchen (serenade)
Felix Mendelssohn  –  Lied ohne Worte Op.109 (Song without Words)
Antonin Dvorak  –  Melodie
Pablo Casals  – Song of the Birds
Maurice Ravel  –  Pièce en forme de Habanera (sultry Spanish dance)
 Josef Suk  –  Serenade


Johannes Brahms  –  Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major Op 99

  • Allegro vivace (quick; animated, lively)
  • Adagio affettuoso (slow; but warm-hearted and affectionately)
  • Allegro passionate (quick; passionately)
  • Allegro molto (very quick)
In 2013, Arta and Florian delighted the audience with Brahms’ first cello sonata. Here now comes the equally superb second. Brahms could play both instruments!


Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra at Brighton Dome

First concert of the new season this Sunday 8 October, 2.45pm

The nights are drawing in, and the children are back at school, but whilst for some this heralds the onset of the winter months, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra is looking forward to their new season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome. The season opener on Sunday 8th October features works by the greatest masters of Romanticism – Schumann, Tchaikovsky & Brahms. The orchestra, under Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth, is joined by exciting young Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu playing Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto No.1, a wonderful piece full of intense melody, surging power and quiet introspection.

Alexandra was recently named as “one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career” by International Piano Magazine and her most recent CD is of this piano concerto and well worth a listen. Alexandra is also a keen cyclist and in June she completed the London to Brighton Bike Ride on a custom built bicycle made for two. She will be arriving by train for the concert though!

The programme also includes Brahms’ lyrical Symphony No.3 which charts a musical journey from turbulence to tranquillity and has a reputation as one of his most artistically perfect works. And the concert opens with Schumann’s dramatic overture to the opera Genoveva, which is full of themes of betrayal and reconciliation in music of exquisite tenderness and high drama, inspired by a medieval German legend and heavily influenced by Wagner.

Tickets from £12-£38 are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office in Church Street, (01273) 709709 or online:  Discounted parking is available at NCP Church Street Car Park.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season at Brighton Dome

The nights are drawing in and the children are back at school, but whilst for some this heralds the onset of the winter months, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra and its regular audience are looking forward to their new season of Sunday afternoon concerts at Brighton Dome.

An array of world-class musicians, including Melvyn Tan, Howard Shelley & Michael Collins, join the orchestra to perform popular works by Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Schubert, Rachmaninov, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, as well as less well-known gems by Arutunian, Ravel and Malcolm Arnold. Pre-Concert Interviews with these guest soloists take place at 1.45pm before each concert (apart from New Year’s Eve) giving you a fascinating insight into the life and career of a professional musician.

The season opens on Sunday 8th October with Conductor Laureate Barry Wordsworth at the helm, joined by exciting young Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu (recently named as one of 30 pianists under 30 destined for a spectacular career by International Piano Magazine) playing Tchaikovsky’s popular Piano Concerto No.1. The programme also includes Brahms’ intensely lyrical Symphony No.3 and Schumann’s dramatic overture to his opera Genoveva.

Particular highlights include a very special Remembrance Sunday concert (12 November) which opens with Bach’s Toccata & Fugue, orchestrated by the great American conductor Leopold Stokowski and familiar to many from the opening sequence of Disney’s Fantasia where Mickey Mouse shakes hands with The Conductor, Stokowski. Then comes Benjamin Britten’s emotional and technically demanding Violin Concerto, heavily influenced by the escalation of hostilities in Europe when it was written in 1939, and performed by British violinist Matthew Trusler. This is followed by George Butterworth’s evocative A Shropshire Lad, based on poems by AE Housman. This sumptuous orchestral rhapsody conjures up the rural idyll of Edwardian England that was to change forever in the First World War, where Butterworth was to lose his life in the trenches. The concert closes with Vaughan Williams’ craggy and powerful Symphony No.4, written in 1935 as the storm clouds of war gathered over Europe.

As part of the city’s festive celebrations the orchestra presents its traditional New Year’s Eve Viennese Gala with a plethora of foot-tapping marches, polkas and waltzes from the prolific Strauss family and lots of sparkly top notes from guest soprano Rebecca Bottone, returning for a second year by popular demand.

Highlights later in the season include Melvyn Tan playing Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto (3 December), Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto – a Classic FM favourite that has been used in the soundtracks of films such as The King’s Speech and Out of Africa (28 January), Howard Shelley playing Mendelssohn’s melodious Piano Concerto (11 February), and Arutunian’s fabulous showpiece Trumpet Concerto (4 March). Our season closes with Saint-Saëns’ delightful Carnival of the Animals for which the orchestra are joined by the virtuosic piano duo Worbey & Farrell, last seen in Brighton in the Fringe in 2014.

On the morning of the final concert (25 March) we will be holding our popular free Open Rehearsal for children, with a run through of Carnival of the Animals and extracts from Delibes’ comic ballet Coppélia Suite (arranged by our very own Barry Wordsworth).

Tickets are available from Brighton Dome Ticket Office (01273) 709709 or  and range from £12-£38. Students and under 18s enjoy a 50% discount, as does anyone receiving Jobseekers Allowance, Pension Credit or Income Support, whilst children can attend for just £1 as part of a Family Ticket. Tickets for the Pre-Concert Interviews are £3.75.

Discounted parking is available for all BPO concerts at just £6 for up to five hours (from 1pm-6pm) in NCP Church Street Car Park, just a couple of minutes’ walk from Brighton Dome.

For full details of the whole season see:



Opus Theatre recitals

ANTON LYAKHOVSKY RECITAL – 9th September 2017 – 3pm

Part 1

– Arabesque Op 18 by Robert Schumann
– Piano Sonata No. 1 by Robert Schumann

Part 2

– Etudes Tableaux (selection) – Sergei Rachmaninoff
– Preludes (selection) – Sergei Rachmaninoff
– Corelli Variations– Sergei Rachmaninoff


OLIVER POOLE RECITAL – 9th September 2017 – 7pm

Part 1

– Goldberg Variations – Johann Sebastian Bach

Part 2

– Ring Cycle Transcriptions (including The Ride of the Valkyries) Richard Wagner (Arr. Louis Brassin)
– Rhapsody In Blue – George Gershwin


Opus Theatre, Robertson Street, Hastings


 24-25 Cambridge Road,
Hastings TN34 1DJ
9TH SEPTEMBER 2017 at 3PM and 7PM

The Opus Theatre is considered one of the finest concert hall in the South East, in a Grade II listed building created for the best natural acoustics.

The theatre’s centerpiece, however, is the venue’s new and very special concert grand piano, one of the most technologically advanced acoustic instruments in the world, officially baptized as the ‘Phoenix Opus’. This beautiful 9ft concert grand piano has been commissioned by Polo Piatti, the awardwinning British-Argentine composer and concert pianist, who has recently launched the 700 seats Opus Theatre in the 19th century building of the former congregational church in Hastings town centre. Polo is also Founder and Artistic Director of the International Composers Festival in the UK, as well as Founder and Artistic Director of the Hastings Sinfonia Orchestra. To celebrate the arrival of this unique instrument in its new home, the Opus Theatre is delighted to present a very special event. There will be an afternoon recital by Russian virtuoso Anton Lyakhovsy, followed by an evening recital by British prodigy Oliver Poole. Both programmes will include some of some of the most beautiful piano works by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Wagner, Gershwin, etc. – all performed by two amazing pianists in the perfect surroundings and acoustics of the Opus Theatre. The first performance starts at 3pm and the second at 7pm. Both recitals will be video-recorded live. Tickets for this very special event are on sale from the Opus Theatre website and at the venue on the day, priced at £15 per recital or at a discounted price of £25 for both recitals.

ABOUT THIS EXTRAORDINARY PIANO The Phoenix Opus is a 9ft long grand concert piano, 1 ton in weight, constructed using the latest Phoenix technology including their fantastic carbon-fibre soundboard, fitted to a 1925 Blüthner Style XI acoustic body (widely considered as one of the very best acoustic bodies in existence). It has a WNG carbon fibre/composite action, and the world-famous Phoenix bridge technology. This makes the ‘Phoenix Opus’ not only an extraordinarily beautiful instrument, but the piano with the biggest carbon-fiber soundboard in the United Kingdom as well as and one of the most technologically advanced acoustic pianos in the planet. Read the official press release by Phoenix by clicking here. More information about the venue can be found at:

To read more about Polo Piatti please visit: Opus Theatre – 24-25 Cambridge Road – Hastings – East Sussex TN34 1DJ

Brighton Early Music Festival 2017


“If it’s Early Music you’re looking for, then get yourself down to Brighton”   Classic FM
Brighton Early Music Festival launched its programme for 2017 on Tuesday 25th July at Angel House – a beautiful Regency venue on Brighton’s seafront.  2017 explores the origins of some of classical music’s best-loved forms, and is the Festival’s biggest ever offering with over 30 events taking place this autumn.  Festival Co-Artistic Director Deborah Roberts says “this year’s programme is a fascinating journey through the early development of the musical forms we know and love today.  The oratorio, sonata, string quartet and opera didn’t spring into being fully formed, but grew organically out of earlier models, and of course there’s also the chance to explore the rich tapestry of folk music which humans have enjoyed for centuries.”
The 2017 festival has the title ROOTS with flagship events including two new opera productions – Monteverdi’s Orfeo and Rameau’s Pygmalion which ‘bookend’ the early period of operatic development.  Orfeo will be staged at The Old Market in Hove, in a new production by Thomas Guthrie featuring a cast of specially auditioned young singers headed by tenor Rory Carver as Orfeo, while Pygmalion is a new staging by Karolina Sofulak in collaboration with baroque group Ensemble Molière.
The Festival is well known for its championing of young artists through its scheme for emerging ensembles, Early Music Live! This year, many of the groups performing at the Festival have previously taken part in the Early Music Live! scheme, including the Consone String Quartet (28th Oct); Ensemble Molière (28th & 29th Oct); The Askew Sisters (2nd Nov); Ensemble Hesperi(4th Nov); Musica Poetica (pictured, 4th Nov); Ensemble Tempus Fugit (5th Nov); Chelys Consort of Viols (10th Nov) and theLittle Baroque Company (11th Nov).  BBC Radio 3 will record the performances by the Consone Quartet and Ensemble Hesperi this year for broadcast on The Early Music Show.  This year’s Early Music Live! participants, including York Early Music International Young Artists Competition prizewinners Rumorum, will present their programmes in a special showcase on 4thNovember.
Folk enthusiasts can enjoy performances by Old Blind Dogs with singer Siobhan Miller (collaborating with L’Avventura London, 27th Oct), and The Askew Sisters (2nd Nov), and families are also catered for with OAE TOTS concerts for pre-schoolers (pre-festival, 7th Oct) and Tales in Music: The Pigeon & The Albatross with the Little Baroque Company (11th Nov).
Tickets for all festival events (£5-£28) go on sale to Friends of the Festival on Monday 21st August, and on general sale on Monday 4th September at or 01273 709709.

Funding Boost for St Nicolas, Pevensey, Restoration Project

St Nicolas & St Wilfrid’s Pevensey PCC is celebrating the news that it has received a £19,164.00 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA Trust) for the St Nicolas Restoration Project.

The church has been in urgent need of repair for some years, and is currently being made sound and weatherproof using money from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Sussex Historic Churches Trust and others plus local fund raising activities. To complete the restoration, interior render, which has been badly damaged by water ingress, needs to be removed and made good. SUEZ Communities Trust funding will contribute to the redecoration and rendering.

Churchwarden Simon Sargent said “We are delighted that the generous donation from SUEZ Communities Trust means that we have now reached our funding target of £255,000 and will be able to complete the restoration project. This began 10 years ago and I would like to pay tribute to the enormous contribution of our former Churchwarden, the late Owen Visick.”

Marianne Ivin of SUEZ Communities Trust added “We are very pleased to be able to help the church renovate the internal parts of the building. This much needed restoration will enable to building to be used by future generations. SUEZ Communities Trust provides grants through the Landfill Communities Fund. This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.4 billion.”

All Saints Hastings Organ Concerts 2017

Concerts this summer on the 1878 Father Willis Organ

All concerts Mondays at 7.30pm

10 July                   David Humphreys, Peterborough Cathedral

17 July                   Peter Wright, Southwark Cathedral

24 July                   Scott Farrell, Rochester Cathedral

31 July                   Matthew Jorysz, Westminster Abbey

7 August              Tim Ravalde, Chichester Cathedral

14 August            Jonathan Allsopp, Westminster Cathedral

21 August            Peter King, Bath Abbey

28 August            Gordon Stewart

Tickets £10 on the door

Refreshments available at all events

Hastings Philharmonic

Monteverdi and Duruflé concert at St Clement’s Old Town, Hastings
The historic St Clements Church in the old town will be the venue for a beautiful concert of church choral music produced by Hastings Philharmonic aiming to attract lovers of plainchant harking back to the medieval origins of church music. It starts early at 5pm on Saturday 15th July.

The great crowd puller is likely to be the three Monteverdi pieces, Cantate Domino, Domine ne in furore tuo and Adoramus te, performed by the Hastings Philharmonic Chamber Choir, but the concert includes a rare opportunity to hear some beautiful 20th century music based on chant and quasi-Renaissance counterpoint. It will be an even rarer opportunity to hear a religious piece by José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767–1830), a Brazilian classical composer, one of the greatest exponents of Classicism in the Americas whose style was strongly influenced by Viennese composers of the period, such as Mozart and Haydn.

The main work to be performed by the main Hastings Philharmonic Choir will be Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem Opus 9, which was first performed in 1947. Themes in the work come mainly from chant; there is a calmness that reflects the flowing, easy quality of its Gregorian chant origins. This is mixed with the serenity of quasi-Renaissance counterpoint, and rich harmonies influenced by Debussy and Ravel. Chant formed a large part of Duruflé’s musical upbringing as a boy chorister (1912-1918) at the cathedral in Rouen, where the services were almost entirely chanted, and his professional education was at the Paris Conservatoire, where harmonizing chant melodies was a large part of his training as an organist. Duruflé’s clear Gregorian themes are also found in his ‘Four Motets’. His music is sometimes compared with that of Vaughan Williams, who briefly studied in France but the latter’s modal melodies, counterpoint and archaic-sounding techniques were inspired by English folk music and the composers of the Tudor era, whereas Duruflé’s modal counterpoint is supported by rich, and very French, added-note harmonies. Duruflé’s wife has said that, while composing his Requiem dedicated to the memory of his father, he “cried several times” appropriately for one of the most moving religious works of the twentieth century.

Last but not least, twentieth century German composer, Franz Biebl, produced many works for children, men’s, and mixed choruses but his best known composition is his ‘Ave Maria’ which is performed here too. It might have languished in obscurity but for the ‘Glee Club’, a Cornell University choir who popularised it in America as a result of its beautiful multiple harmonisation. It’s now very popular with choirs and often performed in Germany and America. Biebl took two Marian texts – the Angelus and the Ave Maria and joined them together producing a hybrid text for his work.

The concert will feature as soloists, soprano Lin Westcott, baritone Marcio da Silva and will be accompanied by Richard Leach on organ.

Church music, Monteverdi, Duruflé and others, Saturday 15th July, early start 5pm, at St Clements Church, Swan Terrace/High St, Hastings TN34 3ES – Tickets: £15/£12.50 under 16 £5