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Some of our past concerts

Saturday 31 May 2014 at 7.30pm at Lewes Town Hall

Mozart A4 10.0 low resESBC celebrated the 60th birthdays of its conductor, John Hancorn, and leader of the Baroque Collective, Alison Bury, in an all-Mozart programme: Coronation Mass, Symphony No. 29 in A major, Ave Verum Corpus and Laudate Dominum. The soloists were Sofia Larsson, soprano; Catherine Denley, mezzo soprano; Andrew Mackenzie-Wicks, tenor and Stephen Charlesworth, bass.


Friday 18 April 2014 at 7.30pm at All Saint’s Church, Hove

Messiah 27.0  size  Low res  (2)ESBC performed Handel’s Messiah with the Baroque Collective led by Julia Bishop. The soloists were Shona Hull, soprano; Clare Kanter, mezzo soprano, Mark Bradbury, tenor and Patrick Edmond, baritone.


Saturday 29th March 2014 at 7.30pm in All Saint’s Church, Eastbourne

ESBC joined the Eastbourne Choral Society, Eastbourne Sinfonia and the Phoenix Choir for a performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius with tenor Adrian Thompson as Gerontius, bass-baritone Matthew Hargreaves as the Priest and mezzo Pippa Dames-Longworth as the Angel.


Saturday 8th June 2013 at 7:30pm in Lewes Town Hall

9.0 Acis ( A6)_0001 (2)Handel’s pastoral opera, Acis and Galatea, was performed  by Alison Bury and The Baroque Collective featuring Piers Adams on recorder. Our  team of young soloists include  Nick Pritchard who will sing Acis, with Robyn Allegra Parton as Galatea. Other soloists will be Sofia Larsson and Lancelot Nomura.




Saturday 9th March 2013 at 7:30pm in All Saints Church, Hove

b minor 18.00 low res no ticket info (2)

We were joined by members of The Bremf Singers,  The Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury and a superb team of soloists – Georgina Stalbow, Rachael  Lloyd, Nick Pritchard and Stephen Varcoe and was directed by John Hancorn

To see pictures of the concert go to our  Gallery




Saturday 17th November  2012 at 7:30pm  in Lewes Town Hall.

Piers Adams.

Vivaldi recorder concertos in C Major and C Minor

The Baroque Collective , led by Alison Bury.

Handel’s Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi’s Magnificat.
Our soloists are:-  Julia Sitkovetsky – soprano, Anna Aspasia Sideris – soprano, Phillip Jones – Counter Tenor, Nick Pritchard – Tenor, Ed Hawkins – Baritone
The concert was directed by John Hancorn
Saturday 19th  and Sunday  20th May 2012

The Phoenix Cantata by Helen Glavin.

Friday 6th April 2011, 7:00pm

Bach – St. Matthew Passion

St. Bartholomews Church in Brighton  was the setting of our performance of the St. Matthew Passion. We were delighted that our President, Sir John Tomlinson sang the part of Christus . He was be joined by Sarah Connolly, Andrew Griffiths, Elin Manahan Thomas, Robert Davies , Samuel Boden and The Baroque Collective led by Alison Bury. The choir was joined by members of the BREMF singers.

To see pictures of the rehearsal go to our  Gallery


28th January 2012 at St. John sub Castro Church, 7:30pm

To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we were joined by friends of the choir in a programme titled ‘The Glory of Bach’  The choir’s founding director, Roger Durston, joined our director, John Hancorn for an enjoyable and stimulating evening of JS Bach’s music including extracts from The B minor Mass and the St. John Passion.

We are delighted that the international Baroque violinist, Alison Bury, joined Lucinda Houghton and Pippa Longworth with Ray Maulkin and Nicholas Houghton to complete our programme of Bach’s glorious music.

This was the choir’s ‘thank you’ concert to its very loyal Lewes audience and to our very generous hosts and partners at St John sub Castro.

The Glory of Bach Programme


Saturday 10th December 2011, 7.30pm
Handel’s Messiah

Directed by John Hancorn

Daisy Brown, Matthew venner, Paul Austin Kelly, Derek Welton

The Baroque Collective

St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.

“a packed house at St John sub Castro heard a terrific performance of Handel’s Messiah on Saturday night — all the Christmas spirit! (oh, and Passion, and Easter, and Ascension…) The performers were the local East Sussex Bach Choir, and they hired probably the best Baroque soloists and orchestra in the world, half of whose members happen to live near Lewes. This was a clean, integrated, world-standard, historically-informed performance which well-reflected the breadth of imagination and lively emotion in Handel’s score, and stayed true to Baroque performance practice in both singing and playing.”
John Warburton


Saturday 9 April 2011, 7.30pm
Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

Daire Halpin – Soprano, Gerard Collett – Baritone
Jane Mansergh and Sylvia Holford will be performing the four-hand piano accompaniment.

St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.

This concert was very generously supported by Spectrum Eyecare


Saturday 5 February, St John sub Castro Church, Lewes
JS Bach
, Christmas Oratorio
with The Baroque Collective , lead by Alison Bury
: Evangelist – Andrew Griffiths, Soprano – Anna Devin, Alto – Robin Bier, Bass – Stephen Charleswoth

21 November 2010 at Glyndebourne Opera House
Lewes music, Lewes Performers, Lewes Stories
A unique opportunity to experience classical music at the world famous opera house
In support of Transition Town Lewes
An all star, all lewes cast included: Dirk ‘mont’ Campbell, Piers Adams, The Baroque Collective, East Sussex Bach Choir, The Esterhazy Chamber Choir, The Paddock singers, Arthur Brown + opera singers and more !
Programme to include: excerpts from Orlando Gough’s ‘Finnish Prisoner’ & last scene of Bernstein’s ‘Candide’ plus other works.

18 July 2010, Clifton Montpelier Powis Festival, St Michael’s Church Brighton
Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas
The Baroque Collective, leader Julia Bishop, Lucinda Houghton Dido, John Hancorn Aeneas, Daisy Brown Barbara

8 May 2010, Lewes East Sussex
Gioachino Rossini, Petit Messe Solennelle
Anna Devin Soprano, Anne Mason Mezzo, Paul Austin Kelly Tenor,
Jane Mansergh Piano, Nick Houghton Harmonium

27 March March, St John Sub Castro Church, Lewes
JS Bach St John Passion
East Sussex Bach Choir with The Hanover Band, Director John Hancorn
Andrew Griffiths Evangelist, James Arthur Christus

14 November 2009, Lewes Town Hall
Haydn Nelson Mass
The Baroque Collective, Leader Alison Bury, John Tomlinson Bass and Elin Manahan Thomas Soprano
Extracts from Purcell King Arthur and Handel Alexander’s Feast

15 May 2009, St Anne’s Church, Lewes with the Karelia Choir from Finland
Haydn Part Songs
Madrigals and Folksongs from England and Finland

Good Friday 10th April 2009 St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton

A Vivaldi Stabat Mater; D. Buxtehude: Membra Jesu Nostri; D. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater for ten voices

The Baroque Collective (Leader: Julia Bishop)

Soloist: William Purefoy countertenor

December 2008. Alfriston Parish Church.
Excerpts from
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio
GF Handel: Messiah
B Britten: Ceremony of Carols
November 2008. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
H Purcell: Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day.
GF Handel: Ode on Saint Cecilia’s Day
Ed Hughes: A song for Saint Cecilia
July 2008. Worth Abbey, Turners Hill.
E Elgar: Dream of Gerontius.
(With Sussex Chorus)

June 2008. The Town Hall, Lewes.
GF Handel Acis and Galatea
March 2008. The Town Hall, Lewes.
F Schubert: Mass in G.
WA Mozart: Solemn Vespers

December 2007. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
GF Handel: Messiah.
September 2007. The Town Hall, Lewes.
H Purcell: The Fairy Queen.
July 2007. St Nicholas Church,Brighton.
J Haydn: The Little Organ Mass.
A Vivaldi: Gloria
J Rutter: A Sprig of Thyme

June 2007. St Anne’s Church, Lewes.
A concert in aid of the Pestalozzi International Village.

April 2007. St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton.
JS Bach: St Matthew Passion.

December 2006. Alfriston Parish Church.
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio.

November 2006. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
Handel: Alexander’s Feast.

March 2006. The Town Hall, Lewes.
Mozart: Mass in C minor.
WA Mozart: Symphony No 22 in C major K162.
L Mozart: Concerto for trumpet.
WA Mozart: Laudate Dominum K339.
WA Mozart: In diesen Heilgen Hallen K620.

December 2005. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
Christmas Concert.
Charpentier: Messe de Minuit.
Bach: Cantata 140 (Sleepers Awake)
Seasonal Choral Music and Carols

November 2005. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
The Glories of Venice.
A Willaert: Regina Coeli
L Viadana: Exsultate Justi
H Schütz: Selig sind die Toten and Jauchzet dem Herren
A Gabrieli: Egredimini et videte
G Gabrieli: Canzon Prima à 8, Gloria à 12 and Plaudite, Psallite à 12
D Castello: Sonata Decimaterza à 4
F Cavalli: O Quam Suavis
G Palestrina: Laudate Dominum in Tympanis
G Cima: Sonata à 4
G Bassano: Diminutions on “Frais et Gaillard”
G Grillo: Canzon Segunda à 8
A Lotti: Crucifixus
C Monteverdi: Cantate Domino and Beatus Vir
B Strozzi: Parasti in dulcedine
G Rigatti: Dixit Dominus
(Performed with the Esterházy Chamber Choir)

June 2005. Finchcocks Living Museum of Music, Goudhurst.
Music for a Summers Evening.
M Tippett: Spirituals
J Rutter: Sprig of Thyme
English madrigals and part songs
J Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
R Schumann: Songs

April 2005. St Annes Church, Lewes.
Raise the Roof!
GF Handel: Zadok the Priest
H Purcell: Excerpts from “King Arthur”
J Haydn: Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
T Tallis: If ye love me
T Tallis: O nata lux
W Byrd: Sing joyfully
S Rachmaninov: Bogoroditsye Dyevo
A Vivaldi: Gloria
Proceeds in aid of the Save St Annes Roof and Tower appeal

March 2005. The Town Hall, Lewes.
JS Bach: St John Passion

December 2004. Alfriston Parish Church.
Christmas concert
H Schütz: The Christmas Story
B Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
Carols by Lucinda Charlesworth and James Ellis

November 2004. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
H Purcell: Welcome to all the pleasures
A Vivaldi: Violin Concerto in D minor Op 9 No 8 (Soloist: Alison Bury)
South American Baroque Choral Music
H Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

June 2004. Herstmonceux Castle.
Music for a summers evening
C Monteverdi: Beatus Vir
M Tippett: Spirituals from ‘A child of our time’
J Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
In collaboration with The Isaac Newton Arts Trust

March 2004. Lewes Town Hall.
J Haydn: Te Deum
WA Mozart: Laudate Dominum
WA Mozart: Piano concerto No 21 in C Major K467
WA Mozart: Requiem Mass

December 2003. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
Christmas concert
GF Handel: Messiah Part I (The Christmas music)
B Britten: A ceremony of carols

November 2003. St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton.
JS Bach: Mass in B Minor

October 2003. St George’s Church, Brighton (as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival).
C Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610.
This concert was in aid of the Martlets Hospice, Hove.

May 2003. St Peter’s Church, Brighton (as part of the Brighton Festival Fringe).
A Vivaldi: Gloria
H Purcell: Chaconne
GF Handel: Dixit Dominus

April 2003. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
H Schütz: St Matthew Passion
R Farrant: Call to Remembrance
T Tallis: If ye love me
W Byrd: Ave Verum Corpus
A Bruckner: Locus Iste
S Rachmaninov: Bogoroditsye Dyevo (from ‘Vespers’)
H M Górecki: Totus Tuus

December 2002. Alfriston Parish Church.
GF Handel: Messiah

May 2002. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
GF Handel: Gloria
A Vivaldi: Gloria
G Carissimi: Jephte

March 2002. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
JS Bach: St John Passion

December 2001. Alfriston Parish Church.
Christmas music through the ages

November 2001. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
GF Handel: Saul

May 2001. St John sub Castro Church, Lewes.
GF Handel: Acis and Galate

April 2001. Alfriston Parish Church.
J Haydn: Die Sieben Wor
A Vivaldi: Stabat Mater
JS Bach: Cantata No 4

December 2000. Alfriston Parish Church.
JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio